In the Spotlight

Well I’m pretty sure today’s feature band needs little introduction.

The Youth Pastor from First Baptist Church in Daytona,  Mark Hall formed the popular Christian group, Casting Crowns in 1999.  The group relocated to Stockbridge, Georgia, in 2001,  where they added new members and began work on two independent albums which were intended as an outreach for youth, and both CDs were well received around Atlanta.

Things really started picking up when one of the group’s albums found its way to Mark Miller, lead singer for the country group Sawyer Brown, who really liked Casting Crowns’ pop/rock style and Hall’s vocals. Miller signed Casting Crowns to his Beach Street Records.  Casting Crowns was the first group signed on with the production company.

Their first album under the company was co produced by Steven Curtis Chapman.  Casting Crowns, was released October 3, 2003 and quickly made the group one of the fastest selling debut artists in Christian music history. The album’s third single, Voice of Truth, spent a record-breaking fourteen consecutive weeks at No. 1 beginning in 2003.   The song was also used in the trailer and the ending from the amazing movie Facing the Giants.

The album Lifesong followed in 2005, debuting at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album had three hit singles Lifesong, Praise You in this Storm, and Does Anybody Hear Her? 

Praise You in This Storm  remained at No. 1 for seven weeks. The album earned Casting Crowns their first Grammy Award in 2006.

In 2007 they broke their own record when the single East to West from The Altar and the Door hit sixteen consecutive weeks at No. 1. and ended up staying in the top spot for a total of nineteen weeks, now their most successful single to date.

In 2008 they came out with one of my all time favorite Christmas songs, and their eighth number one hit with I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, which is based on the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem.

In 2015, they came out with a song that brought me so much comfort, peace and healing, not only after Michael died, but also after we lost our home and had to scramble to find somewhere to live…

The band Casting Crowns has had hit after hit ever since they started, and what I love about this band is their songs which don’t shy away from tough circumstances, questions and even at times testing of our faith as Mark Hall wrote about in the song Oh My Soul

While I’ve not gone to any Christian band’s concerts yet, there are those who are loud about their faith, and share it no matter where, and Mark isn’t afraid of sharing his testimony, praying during their concerts, and even giving the audience a chance to give their lives to Christ.

In keeping a little to our America theme of this week, one of the songs I really appreciate by Casting Crowns is their song, If We Ever Needed You…

This is another thread where I could pile on my favorite songs and still leave plenty of room for others to post theirs- but to keep it simple, I’m gonna encourage folks to find their own and share.

Have a blessed and safe Sunday!

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