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Casting Crowns - Biography

Casting Crowns is a Grammy Award and Dove Award winning Contempary Christian/Christian Rock band. Casting Crowns was started in 1999 by youth pastor Mark Hall at First Baptist Church in Downtown Daytona Beach, Florida as part of a youth group. He now serves as a lead vocalist. Later they moved to Stockbridge, Georgia and more members joined creating the band now known as Casting Crowns. Some members of the band currently work as ministers for Eagles Landing First Baptist Church in Stockbridge, Georgia.


Ministry Casting Crowns frontman Mark Hall calls the band's work a ministry akin to what the world would call "preaching to the choir." In keeping with The Great Commission, Hall describes their music as a "ministry of discipleship."
Four members of Casting Crowns currently minister at Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, GA where they play during the Contemporary Worship service on Sunday mornings. They do the band part-time around their full-time work of mentoring teenagers at the church. They often tour from Thursday- Saturday so that they can be home for church on Sunday morning and Wednesday night.

Casting Crowns - Come to the well tour 2011/2012



Current Band members:
Mark Hall (lead vovals) since 1999
Juan DeVevo (lead guitar) since 1999
Hector Cervantes (rhythem guitar) since 1999
Melodee DeVevo (violin, backing vocals) since 2001
Megan Garrett (piano) since 2001
Chris Huffman (bass guitar) since 1999
Brian Scoggin (drums) since 2009

Former:
Andy Williams - (drums) 2001–2009

Mark Hall lead singer and author of books: Lifestores, Your own Jesus, The Well


Lifesong and Livesong Live (2005-2006)


Lifesong followed in 2005, debuting at #9 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. The album had three singles: “Lifesong”, “Praise You in this Storm”, and “ Does Anybody Hear Her?”. "Lifesong" spent nine weeks in the top spot, with "Praise You in This Storm" remaining at #1 for seven weeks. Apart from being successful in the charts, Lifesong earned Casting Crowns their first Grammy Award for their work on the album in 2006.
In 2006, the group released Lifesong Live, which included live performances of songs from their studio album Lifesong.

The Altar and the Door and The Altar and the Door Live (2007-2008)


The band's third studio album The Altar and the door debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart and #1 on the Hot Christian Albums chart upon its release in August 2007. Ten weeks after the album’s release date, it was certified gold by the RIAA. On September 27, 2007 the band embarked on the ‘Altar and the Door’ tour with Leeland and John Waller. The tour was highly successful, grossing $4.4 million ticket sales. Casting Crowns broke their own record in 2007 when the single "East to West" from The Altar and the door hit sixteen consecutive weeks at #1. The song ended up enjoying the top spot for a total of nineteen weeks, now their most successful single to date. "Slow Fade" was also released as a single, and was included in the soundtrack of the Kirk Cameron film Fire proof.
In 2008, Casting Crowns scored their eighth number one hit with "I heard the bells on Christmas Day", a track from their newly-released Christmas album entitled Peace on earth.

Until the Whole World Hears (2009-2011)


In early 2009, drummer Andy Williams left to pursue a further calling with blessings from the band. The drummer was replaced with Brian Scoggin and his red locks of hair, an irony Mark mentions on tour.
Casting Crowns was one of the only American bands to ever have been invited to North Korea. They attended the 2009 April Spring Arts Festival in Pyongyang where they performed with The Annie Moses Band. This was Casting Crowns second time invited to the Festival sponsored by Global Resource Services, the first time being in 2007. On August 30, 2009 Casting Crowns performed on Huckabee, Mike Huckabee's political show.
Casting Crown's fourth major studio album, Until the Whole World Hears, was released on November 17, 2009, debuting at #4 on the Billboard 200 and selling over 167,000 copies in its first week alone, setting a new record for the highest Christian album debut in history. It was certified gold within 4 weeks. The title track and first single from the album became the groups ninth #1 single in January 2010. Before the album was released, the band went on tour with Matt Redman for the fall Until The Whole World Hears Tour. They went on the first spring leg of the tour with Kutless, and toured with Tenth Avenue North on the second spring leg.
In April 2010, Casting Crowns won the Dove Award for Artist of the Year, their first ever win in that category. A music video for the title track of Until the Whole World Hears was posted on the band's YouTube page on August 23, 2010.
The track Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me) was released as a single in 2011 and reached #1 on Billboard Christian Song during the week of April 23, 2011.

Come to the Well (2011-present)


Casting Crowns' latest song, "Courageous", was released as a single on July 19, 2011. The music video for the song was released on June 13, 2011 and promotes the film Courageous. The song was featured on their latest album, Come to the Well, which was released on October 18, 2011.

See Casting Crowns CD Track listings

Independent videos

  • 2001: Casting Crowns
  • 2002: What If The Whole World Prayed

Studio albums

  • 2003: Casting Crowns
  • 2005: Lifesong
  • 2007: The Altar and the Door
  • 2008: Peace on Earth
  • 2009: Until the Whole World Hears
  • 2011: Come to the Well

Live albums

  • 2004: Live from Atlanta
  • 2006: Lifesong Live
  • 2008: The Altar and the Door Live
  • 2010: Until the Whole World Hears... Live

Music videos

  • American Dream
  • Does Anybody Hear Her
  • Slow Fade
  • Until the Whole World Hears
  • Courageous
  • Just Another Birthday
  • Jesus, Friend of Sinners
Achievements
  • Career sales have exceeded 5 million records.
  • Voted CCM Readers' Choice Awards "Favorite Band", "Favorite New Artist" and "Favorite Album" in 2005.
  • "Lifesong" voted "Inspirational Single of the Year" by online music fans in the 2005 CCMSingles.Net Awards.
  • "Praise You in this Storm" was the fifth most played song of 2006 according to R&R magazine[
  • "East To West" voted "AC Single of the Year" and "Inspirational Single of the Year" by online music fans in the 2007 CCMSingles.Net Awards.
  • Casting Crowns was the most played artist on Christian Radio in 2007, according Radio & Records Weekly charts (12/10).
  • Casting Crowns is the second fastest Christian band in history to have their first two albums certified platinum, the fastest being Jars of Clay.

GMA Dove Awards


YearAwardResult
2004New Artist of the YearNominated
Song of the Year ("If We Are the Body")Nominated
Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year ("If We Are the Body")Nominated
Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year (Casting Crowns)Nominated
2005Artist of the YearNominated
Group of the YearWon
Song of the Year ("Who Am I")Won
Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year ("Who Am I")Won
Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year ("American Dream")Nominated
Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year ("Voice of Truth")Won
Worship Song of the Year (“Who Am I”)Nominated
2006Artist of the YearNominated
Group of the YearWon
Song of the Year ("Lifesong" and "Voice of Truth")Nominated
Pop Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year ("Lifesong")Nominated
Pop Contemporary Album of the Year (Lifesong)Won
2007Artist of the YearNominated
Group of the YearWon
Song of the Year ("Praise You In This Storm")Nominated
Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year ("Praise You In This Storm")Won
2008Artist of the YearNominated
Group of the YearWon
Song of the Year ("East to West")Won
Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year ("The Altar and the Door")Won
Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year ("East to West")Won
Praise & Worship Song of the Year ("Praise You In This Storm")Nominated
2009Artist of the YearNominated
Group of the YearWon
Christmas Album of the Year (Peace on Earth)Won
Short Form Music Video of the Year ("Slow Fade")Won
Long Form Music Video of the Year (The Altar and the Door Live)Nominated
2010Artist of the YearWon
Group of the YearNominated
Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year ("Until the Whole World Hears")Nominated
2011Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year (Until the Whole World Hears)Nominated
Long Form Music Video of the Year (Until the Whole World Hears... Live)Nominated

Grammy Awards

YearAwardWork
2005Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album of the YearLifesong

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