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Craig & Dean Phillips Biography


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Years Active: 1991–present
Genres: CCM, Contemporary Worship Music


Phillips, Craig and Dean is a contemporary Christian music trio composed of Randy Phillips, Shawn Craig and Dan Dean. All three singers are full-time pastors and make it a priority to be at their respective churches in Sunday services.

In 1992 they released their self-titled debut album, which peaked at #13 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart. The band followed with the #11 “Lifeline” in 1994 and #12 “Trust” in 1995. The song “Crucified with Christ” from “Trust” was nominated for Inspirational Song of the Year and Song of the Year at the 1997 Dove Awards

In 1996 they released a Christmas album titled “Repeat the Sounding Joy” featuring the Christ Church Choir and the Nashville String Machine. In 1997 they released “Where Strength Begins.” The following year, they released a compilation titled “Favorite Songs of All.” In 1999 they returned with “Restoration,” and followed it with “Let My Words Be Few” in 2001 and “Let Your Glory Fall” in 2003.

In recent years, they've shed their contemporary Christian roots and focused on more worship oriented music. It was through Phillips' weekly TV program that Phillips, Craig & Dean discovered what would be the title track for their 2004 album, “Let The Worshipers Arise.” The praise and worship-themed show sought to discover the best song from an unknown songwriter with Michael Ferrin of Texarkana, Texas taking home the top prize. Once the judging was over, the top five winners came to Austin and the winning song debuted on an “Awakening” broadcast.

In 2006, Phillips, Craig and Dean released their 11th studio album, “Top of My Lungs.” Three singles were issued from the album, “Your Name,” “Saved the Day” and “Top of My Lungs.” The band gained national attention when Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton approached the plate at home games during the 2008 season to “Saved the Day,” a song from the album.

They've also contributed to several Contemporary Christian music compilations, most notably “My Utmost For His Highest” in 1995, and their second greatest hits album, the two-disc set “The Ultimate Collection,” was released by Sparrow Records in 2006.

Their album, “Fearless” was released in 2009. It reached #46 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, becoming the trio's highest-debuting album to date. The album's first single was “Revelation Song,” which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart in August 2009, and stayed at the top for 11 weeks. It earned a Dove Award at the 2010 GMA Dove Awards for Worship Song of the Year, while “Fearless” earned the Inspirational Album of the Year award. In 2010, the second single from the album, “Great Are You Lord” peaked at #23 on the Hot Christian Songs chart.

“Breathe In” was released in 2012. It reached #6 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart and #88 on the Billboard 200. Its single, “When The Stars Burn Down (Blessing and Honor),” reached #6 on the Hot Christian Songs chart.