After the band members moved to Tennessee in ‘04, Mike began dating Kandice and they were married a year later. They moved to Mt. Juliet in 2009 and today, the Weavers have three children: Elijah (Eli), Ezekiel (Zeke), and Naomi. “Ivan made me a Tennessean overnight, although we lived in Davidson Country at first,” Mike says. “Then a few years ago, when we were thinking about moving, our realtor showed my wife a house in Mt. Juliet. Kandice came back and said, ‘I found this house and you’ve got to see it,’ and I just said, ‘No I don’t. I can tell by the look on your face that’s where we are supposed to be.’”
When Mike and Kandice started looking for churches in Mt. Juliet, Mike was surprised to see a familiar face from his past. “Phil Wilson (who now pastors The Bridge Fellowship), was a pastor in the Mobile area when we were students at the University of Mobile, and he was one of the first people to ever book Big Daddy Weave for an event there,” Mike says. “When I moved to Mt. Juliet and first visited The Bridge for the first time, I saw him and he was like, ‘Hey, what are you doing here?’ And I said, ‘Dude, what are you doing here?’ And that’s pretty much been our place of fellowship when we are not on the road.”
“I love it here. When I’m in town, I take my little boy, Eli to Chick Fil-A for breakfast. We listen to The Fish on the radio, and I drop him off at Stoner Creek Elementary and then I go for a walk at Charlie Daniels Park for about an hour,” he says. “I just saw a tweet from Charlie himself the other day talking about how beautiful the leaves in Middle Tennessee are,” Mike says, adding that he has always admired the country music legend. “I’m sure he doesn’t have any idea who we are, but I would love to meet him someday. What an amazingly gifted man,” he says. He adds, “My wife loves being here, too. We love the friendly people, and the rolling hills, and Cori’s Dog House, and Wasabi in Providence,” Mike says. “And I just found out we are getting a Blue Coast Burrito store here, so my joy has been made complete,” he laughs.
“I’ll go wherever the Lord wants me to go, but as far as I’m concerned, they can bury me here.