Quick facts about Casting Crowns
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Who are they?
Christian or not, everyone has heard of Casting Crowns. They are a contemporary Christian rock band from Daytona Beach, Florida. You may recognise them from their hit songs, ‘Nobody (feat. Matthew West)’, ‘Who Am I’ and ‘Oh My Soul’.
Casting Crowns are incredibly popular and currently have a fanbase of 490k followers on Instagram, 572.2k followers on Twitter, 837k subscribers on YouTube, over 4 million Facebook followers and over 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify.
Early Stages of Casting Crowns
Casting Crowns started as a worship band led by youth pastor, Mark Hall, to comfort and give encouragement to people who were going through difficult times. The group wanted to bring people hope through their music, prayers and ministry. Then, in 2001, the group moved to Stockbridge, Georgia where they gained more members and continued to make music for the people as they had in Daytona Beach.
From there, Casting Crowns started writing songs to spread the joy and glory of God to the world. They began touring, holding concerts and participating in festivals with other Christian musicians as they realised that their music was making a difference in the lives of others whether they identified as Christian or not.
In 2003, Casting Crowns signed to the Beach Street Records label after Mark Miller, the lead singer of country group Sawyer Brown, listened to one of their albums and found their pop/rock style and devout songs to be incredibly striking.
The current members in Casting Crowns are Mark Hall, Juan DeVevo, Josh Mix, Delodee DeVevo, Megan Garrett, Chris Huffman and Brian Scoggin. Andy Williams and Hector Cervantes were also in the band but have since left.
In 2015, the members of Casting Crowns were confronted with the news that Mark had received a diagnosis of kidney cancer. He underwent surgery and the band cancelled their performances while he recovered. Mark later said that the experience was incredibly humbling for him as he was on the receiving end of the help he had sought to provide to others through his music.
Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth would care to know my name? Would care to feel my hurt? Who am I, that the bright and morning star would choose to light the way for my ever wandering heart? Not because of who I am, but because of what you’ve done. Not because of what I’ve done, but because of who You are.
Casting Crown’s Career as Christian Musicians
Casting Crown’s most recent album is ‘Only Jesus’, which was released in late 2018. It encourages us to only focus on Jesus’ story, as His legacy is more important than their own.
Many of Casting Crowns songs have charted highly on Billboard’s charts, such as their track ‘Glorious Day’ peaking No. 1 on the ‘Christian Songs’ chart and ‘All You’ve Ever Wanted’ charting at No. 6 on ‘Billboard’s Top 200’ in its first week of being released.
Touring is a way of life when you are the top Christian musicians in the country. Some of their tours include: 2005 ‘All Things New Tour’ with Steven Curtis Chapman and Chris Tomlin; 2006 ‘Lifesong Tour’ with fellow Christian musician, Nichole Nordeman; 2014 ‘Thrive Tour’ with For KING & COUNTRY; 2016 ‘The Very Next Thing Tour’ with Matt Maher and 2019 ‘Only Jesus Tour’; 2007 ‘Battle Cry San Franscisco’ with P.O.D and Skillet; 2009 ‘Until The Whole World Hears’ with Matt Redman and ‘Rock The Universe’; 2010 ‘Rocking The Desert’; 2011 ‘Breakforth: Casting Crowns’; 2013 ‘Rock The Universe and Kingdom Bound’; 2015 ‘Xtreme Winter’; 2016 ‘Night of Joy’ and ‘Together’ and 2018 ‘The Very Next Thing’ with I Am They.
Casting Crowns have also participated in festivals across the country, some of which include: 2005 and 2010 ‘Sonshine Festival’; 2007 and 2010 ‘Lifest Festival’; 2007, 2009 and 2017 ‘Creation Festival’; 2008 ‘Ichthus Music Festival’; 2009 ‘Soul Fest’; 2010 and 2017 ‘Pointfest’; 2012 ‘Ignite Fest Chicago’; the 2012 and 2016 ‘alive festival’; 2012 ‘Parachute Music Festival’ and 2015 ‘Winterfest’ and ‘Uprise Festival’.
Casting Crowns have been the recipients of many awards for their music. In 2007, 2011, 2014, 2015 the group of Christian musicians won the ‘Contemporary Inspirational Artist’ award; in 2012 they won Billboard’s ‘Top Christian Artist’ award and their album ‘Come to the Well’ won the ‘Top Christian Album’ award. In 2006, Casting Crowns won a Grammy for their album ‘Lifesong’ in the ‘Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album’ category.
They also won a multitude of GMA Dove Awards. In 2005, they won ‘Group of the Year’, their song ‘Voice of Truth’ won ‘Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year’ , their song ‘Who Am I’ won ‘Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year’; in 2006 they won ‘Group of the Year’, their album ‘Lifesong’ won ‘Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year’.
In 2007 this group of dedicated Christian musicians won ‘Group of the Year’ and their song ‘Praise You In This Storm’ won ‘Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year’; in 2008 they won ‘Group of the Year’, their album ‘The Alter and the Door’ won ‘Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year’ and their song ‘East to West’ won ‘Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year’. In 2009, they won ‘Group of the Year’, their album ‘Peace on Earth’ won ‘Christmas Album of the Year’ and their song ‘Slow Fade’ won ‘Short Form Music Video of the Year’ .
In 2010 Casting Crowns won ‘Artist of the Year’; in 2011‘Until the Whole World Hears… Live’ won ‘Long Form Music Video of the Year’ and in 2019 their ‘Only Jesus Visual Album’ won ‘Long Form Video of the Year’.
Relationship with God
Mark Hall, who leads Casting Crowns, is a youth minister at Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, Georgia. The other members of the band are also active in their respective churches. With constant commitment to their communities, the group of Christian musicians often tour from Thursday to Saturday so that they can be home for Wednesday night and Sunday morning church.
Casting Crown’s mission is to make music so they can get to know God and make Him known. Mark Hall says that, “When I’m in the Word and I’m guarding my time with God, and I’m talking with Him, He becomes sort of the well that I draw from … He’s that river flowing through me…” Mark continued on to say, “I guess my goal is to simplify things. You can wrap your hands around the truth of what your calling is. You need to know Him, you need to make Him known, and you need to do it right now, where you are with who you’re with.”