Since its 2006 debut album “Sound of Melodies,” progressive worship band Leeland has become one of the most important voices in a new generation of worship music.
The Baytown, Texas, group is composed of brothers Leeland and Jack Mooring, their sister, Shelly, and drummer Mike Smith.
Known for its passion-filled experience, the band’s fourth and newest album, “The Great Awakening,” stirs a fresh desire for personal and worldwide worship revival and found its inception within the ministries of theologian John Edwards and Salvation Army founder William Booth.
“A lot of those guys our parents talked about — Edwards, Booth, and later the British evangelist Smith Wigglesworth — reached out to God in ways we’re not seeing now in America. And that’s part of what spurred many of our songs,” said Jack Mooring.
“It’s the idea of asking God to wake us up; wake up our nation; wake up the church to receive the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.”
The group continues its spirit of revival through touring.
Mooring noted, “A big part of our heart is to invest in people in each city.”
Leeland uniquely blends Coldplay creativity and Hillsong heart, creating a worship revival experience in itself. Said of Leeland, Allmusic sees “amazing songwriting maturity” (“Sound of Melodies,” 2006), “everything that is right in CCM” (“Opposite Way,” 2008), and “a truly transcendent experience” (“Love Is on the Move,” 2009).
In a recent interview, Leeland Mooring shared, “Our mission is to see our generation completely on fire with the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s not just speaking about God, but acting out in their faith.”
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