Top Christian Artists Honor Big Daddy Weave’s Jay Weaver After His Death
By Movieguide® Staff
After Jay Weaver of the contemporary Christian band Big Daddy Weave died on January 2, 2022, many of the industry’s top artists took to social media to share tributes.
Worship leader Zach Williams called on people to pray for the family of Weaver and reminisced about his previous tours with Big Daddy Weave.
“Heartbroken by the news of the passing of Big Daddy Weave’s Jay Weaver. Anyone who knows my story knows how instrumental their music has been in my life,” Williams wrote on Instagram. “I’ve been fortunate over the past few years to tour with Jay and the rest of the guys, and I can honestly say he was one in a million. He had a heart for God and a heart for people. He was the real deal on and off the stage. I’m so grateful for the times we had touring these past few years.”
“Please keep Jay’s family and the Big Daddy Weave team in your prayers,” he added. “I know you’re walking those streets of gold today in some new shoes. Miss ya already, Jay Dog.”
Chris Tomlin echoed William’s sentiment in another tribute and reminded people of the hope believers have in Christ.
“Heartbroken to hear about Jay Weaver passing away….I am holding his family and all the Big Daddy Weave crew in my heart,” he wrote. “Eternal life is our hope through Jesus, and this world is only temporary. We are continually reminded of this to make every day count. I had the great pleasure of getting to know Jay on tour… he was a great light and a true heart for Jesus. I loved being around him.”
Fellow Contemporary Christian artist Steven Curtis Chapman pointed people to the Gospel in the time of mourning for Weaver.
“So heartbroken over the loss of Jay Weaver…” he said. “A man who’s smile, kindness, generosity and life reflected the light of Jesus in a beautiful way! So thankful that I got to know him this side of Heaven, and because the Gospel is true, thankful to know we will absolutely see him again. Please join me in praying for his family.”
Although Weaver was best known for his music, he also lived out his Christian faith in the way he cared for others.
The humanitarian aid organization World Vision highlighted Weaver’s generosity in a tribute post: “Our hearts are heavy over the passing of Jay Weaver of Big Daddy Weave. Jay was not only a beloved Christian musician and philanthropist, but a friend, advocate, and donor of World Vision for more than 17 years. He was a man of great faith and represented the love of Christ like no other to anyone he encountered.”