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Third Day Biography

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Birth Place: Marietta, Georgia, USA
Years Active: 1991 - Present
Genres: Christian Rock, CCM, Southern Rock, Alternative Rock

Third Day is a Grammy award-winning Christian rock band formed in Marietta, Georgia during the 1990s. The band was founded by lead singer Mac Powell, guitarist Mark Lee and former member Billy Wilkins. The other band members are bassist Tai Anderson and drummer David Carr. The band's name is a reference to the biblical account of Jesus rising from the dead on the third day following his Crucifixion.

After being signed by Reunion Records, they immediately released the now official version of their self-titled first album in 1996. The album also yielded their only mainstream rock radio hit in the U.S., "Nothing at All," which peaked at #34 on the Billboard Rock chart. The band was also nominated for the Dove Award for New Artist of the Year, and the video of "Consuming Fire" won a Billboard Music Award for Best Christian video.

In the winter of 1997, the band started working on their second album, “Conspiracy No. 5.” The album was produced by Sam Taylor, who had previously worked with bands like King's X. The album was nominated for a Grammy and won Dove Awards for Rock Album of the Year and Rock Song of the Year for "Alien."

In 1998, the band started working on their next project titled “Time” under the production of Monroe Jones. The album was nominated for a Grammy and won another Dove Award for the band. Some of the other songs the band recorded, but were left off the album can be found in the EP “Southern Tracks.”

They released an album exclusively of worship songs, titled “Offerings: A Worship Album.” The album was recorded in about a week, and they followed it with a tour alongside Jennifer Knapp. They also collaborated on the project “City on a Hill: Songs of Worship and Praise.” In 2001 the band won a total of five Dove Awards as well as their first Grammy.

They followed that year with the release of “Come Together” which ended up winning two Dove Awards and one more Grammy. The album, which reached #31 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, was certified gold the next year, along with “Time.” In 2003, they released a follow-up to their hit “Offerings” titled “Offerings II: All I Have to Give,” which reached #18 on the Billboard 200.

In 2004, the band released their next album, “Wire,” which peaked at #12 on the Billboard 200 During that year, they also collaborated on the soundtrack for Mel Gibson's film, “The Passion of the Christ.” Their next album, “Wherever You Are,” debuted on the Billboard 200 at #8. It also won the band their third Grammy. They followed it with the holiday album, “Christmas Offerings” in 2006, and with a compilation of their hits titled “Chronology” in 2007.

Their next studio album called “Revelation” was released in July 2008. It debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200, their highest charting album to date and at reached #3 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart. The lead single, "Call My Name," hit #1 on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart.

Third Day was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in September 2009. They released “Live Revelations,” a live album/DVD version of the “Revelation” album, in April 2009.

In December 2009, Third Day was nominated for three Grammys, for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album for “Live Revelations” and their single "Born Again" received two Grammy nods for Best Gospel Performance and Best Gospel Song. They won the Best Rock or Rap award, winning their fourth career Grammy. “Live Revelations” achieved gold certification, becoming the band's eighth overall album to go gold.

Third Day released their tenth studio album, “Move,” in October 2010. They released the debut single, "Lift Up Your Face," which peaked at #15 on Billboard's Christian Songs chart. The album peaked at #9 on the Billboard 200.