Casting Crowns was first formed in 1999 by pastor Mark Hall as a part of a church youth group. Now based in Atlanta, the band- consisting of lead singer Mark Hall (lead vocalist), Juan DeVevo, Melodee DeVevo, Hector Cervantes, Chris Huffman, Megan Garrett and Bryan Scoggin - began by releasing two albums independently that were distributed mainly in the Atlanta, Georgia area. 

After winning the GMA regional songwriters competition at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Casting Crowns was approached by Mark Miller-lead singer for the country band Sawyer Brown- and the band was quickly signed to his label. 

In 2003, Casting Crowns released their self-titled debut album which was co-produced by singer Steven Curtis Chapman. The album included the songs “ Who I Am,” and “ Voice of Truth,” which was also heard in the movie Facing The Giants

Following the success of their debut, the band released Lifesong (2005), The Alter and the Door (2007), the Christmas album Peace on Earth (2008), Until The World Hears (2009) and Come To The Well (2011). With the release of those albums came many successful songs including: “ Lifesong,” “ Does Anybody Hear Me?” “ Praise You in the Storm,” “ Slow Fade,” “ Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me),” “ Jesus, Friend of Sinners,” “ Just Another Birthday,” and “ Courageous” (written for the movie Courageous).

Their last album Thrive (January 28, 2014), continues to share their message through song. "The idea of 'Thrive' came out of our student ministry. I've been a youth pastor for almost 22 years and it's still what I want to be when I grow up," Mark explains. "The songs always really start out with what we're teaching, and for years I've been using Psalm 1 in showing them what a believer looks like. It says: 'Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season.'"

With each album the band continues to deliver a straightforward message that is refreshingly raw and honest.  “I think the world’s getting the wrong story from us, the story they need to hear is: I’m a train wreck and I’m a believer now, and I’m still a dork, and somehow Jesus is loving me through it,” Mark says. “He pulled me out of the pit, he saved my life, he stays with me, he never gives up on me, and he could do that for you. I don’t see how the world could turn away from that message, so maybe they’re not hearing it enough.”


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