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Casting Crowns Biography

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Birth Place: Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
Years Active: 1999–present
Genres: Christian Rock, CCM

Casting Crowns is a Grammy Award and Dove Award winning Christian band that employs a soft rock music style. The band was created 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 McDonough, 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 McDonough, Georgia.

"Casting Crowns," their debut album, was released on September 30, 2003. On February 10, 2005 the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA with over 1,000,000 copies sold in the US. "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 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.

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. 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."

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. In April 2010, Casting Crowns won the Dove Award for Artist of the Year, their first ever win in that category.