Meuchad Featured Artist
micah and abby mahoney
Meuchad is very excited this month to feature friends of ours, Micah and Abby Mahoney, and their new worship project, Heart Cry of David. For the past several years, we have been blessed to be in worship as both congregants and participants with the Mahoneys at various youth conferences. We celebrate with them now as they embark on a new journey in Messianic worship.
What is the name of your band or ministry? What's the origin of that name?
Our worship ministry is called: Heartcry of David Collective.
Abby and I have both led worship under my solo artist name ‘Micah Mahoney’, but, have recently branched out with a project we feel the Lord calling us to. Because our vision for this project is that it would be a ‘collective’ of united and Spirit-led worshippers, we see it growing and evolving. Currently, for the immediate worship project we are working on, these artists have come alongside, sowing into what we feel is God’s heart:
Micah and Abby Mahoney (guitar and vocals)
Evan Levine (guitar and Vocals)
Nate Benjamin (Keyboard and Vocals)
Justin Potter (percussion)
Josh and Melissa Mahoney (Bass, Synths, Cello and Vocals)
Kes Evans (Vocals)
Shiloh Ben Hod (Piano)
Matthias Jelski (Vocals)
Dan Taylor (Guitar and Vocals)
What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
Abby and I have always considered ourselves prophetic worship leaders, soaking & imparting. We can’t attest to the influences of all the artists on this project, we all have a heart for our worship to be directed by the Ruach and desire the Lord to come and invade our times of worship. For Abby and myself, we’ve been greatly influenced in our personal times of worship by artists such as Misty Edwards, Jeremy Riddle, Audra Lynn, Steffany Gretzinger, Paul Wilbur - they are similarly led by the spirit in spontaneous song and worship.
How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
Some of us have known each other since birth! Josh is my brother. We have strong friendship-type relationships with some, with others we have ministered together in worship and with others, the Lord high-lighted them to us as we began seeking Him and asking for revelation for who should be apart of this project.
When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?
We established Heartcry of David in December 2015. We officially began adding these artists to the project in March 2016. We’ve seen the Lord move on these individuals in worship and we know they share a common heart for unity in the body. From that place we felt led to approach them about being apart of this project.
Do you have a record label? Are you a member of any music organizations?
We are self producing this project through the support of those who believe in the vision behind this project and feel led to sow into it.
Where have you lead worship or ministered?
We lead on a weekly basis at Congregation Zion’s Sake. We’ve also led at MJAA conferences, Chosen People Conferences and retreats, Tikkun Family Conference, and several local churches .
Are all your songs original? Do collaborate with others?
A mix! We all came to the table with some original songs and then pieces of others that we collaborated together on. The majority of songs on this album will be original to the artist singing them.
What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?
Honestly, the main theme for this project is just worship songs that will lead the body into deeper worship - songs that lend themselves to open-ended worship. We may develop themes as this ministry and the subsequent album projects progress but at this time, our focus was just intimate worship.
Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
This is different for everyone. For us, we write most of our music during worship. When the Ruach is moving and spontaneous songs start coming, we begin compiling them. We usually let these songs/choruses/snippets pile up for a while and then we take a couple days to pour over them again, pray through them and then add to them - hopefully making them complete.
How can people gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
We have a solo project that we did a few years ago, several of the other artists on this project do as well (Kes Evans, Nate Benjamin, Evan Levine) CD Baby and Itunes would be the place to look for those or these artists websites. We are in the process of producing Heartcry of David’s first collective worship album - set to be recorded IN Israel this September, and the way to get your hands on that is to support us so that this project can become a reality!
Where did the idea for Heartcry of David come from? What is your vision? What will the resulting product be?
Unity in the Body of Messiah! This is why Heartcry of David exists. We’ve seen the power of unity on the congregational level and it’s filled us with a hunger to press into all the Lord has.
We know God wants to bring His heart for Israel in connection with the revelation of His eminent return to the entire body of Messiah. We feel Him calling us to prepare the way for this message through worship. Yeshua is returning for a unified Bride. We want to be bridge maker that paves the way for unity between Jews and Gentiles - specifically those found in the Messianic communities and in the Church. There are so many gaps between these two groups that we desire to see closed.
Prophetic worship is at the heart of this vision. For us, this type of worship is about cultivating an atmosphere of encounter where we can hear and express what God is saying in that moment. It opens us to receive and carry out the heart of God. Warfare happens in the place of worship as well, chains are broken and hearts are tenderized making them receptive to truth.
We’re excited to embark on a collaborative journey this fall as we bring together Spirit-led Jewish and Gentile worship artists from the U.S. and from Israel to record an album together.
We believe this album, recorded and released from Israel, will be a vehicle to carry God’s heart cry for unity to the greater body of Messiah. Our vision is that this project will exemplify the One New Man unity in a worship context, as a foretaste of what the Lord wants to do across the world before He returns.
To learn more about Heartcry of David, visit their website: www.heartcryofdavid.com
Also, check out Micah and Abby's music here, as well as few others from Heartcry of David: