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Casting Crowns is a 2007 Grammy award and Dove Award winning Christian band that employs a soft rock music style. The band was created by youth pastor Mark Hall at First Baptist Church Downtown Daytona Beach, Florida. He also serves as a lead vocalist. The band previously served and performed in a youth group in Atlanta, Georgia.
Discovered by, among others, contemporary Christian music legend Steven Curtis Chapman, Casting Crowns received a recording contract and vaulted to popularity in 2003 with their self-titled debut album Casting Crowns. The album quickly made them one of the fastest selling debut artists in Christian music history. Lifesong followed in 2005, debuting at #9 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. Both albums have been certified Platinum. The band's third 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 of 2007. Ten weeks after it came out it was certified Gold.
Casting Crowns has enjoyed tremendous success in the United States. They have released seven singles to date, all of which have become consecutive number one hits on various Christian music charts. "Voice of Truth" spent a record-breaking fourteen consecutive weeks at number one beginning in 2003. "Lifesong" spent nine weeks in the top spot, with "Praise You In This Storm" remaining at number one for seven weeks. "East to West", their first single from The Altar and the Door, currently holds the number one spot on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart, reaching number one after only seven weeks on the chart.
Casting Crowns' frontman Mark Hall calls the band's work a ministry akin to what the world would call "preaching to the choir." In keeping with The Great Commission, Hall describes their music as a "ministry of discipleship."
The members of Casting Crowns are currently ministers at Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, GA where the band plays during youth service. Mark Hall frequently conducts prayers and speaks in front of the group on Wednesdays.