Casting Crowns was one of the only American bands to ever have been invited to North Korea. They attended the 2009 Spring Friendship Arts Festival in Pyongyang where they performed with The Annie Moses Band. This was Casting Crowns' second time invited to the festival sponsored by Global Resource Services, the first time being in 2007. On August 30, 2009, Casting Crowns performed on Huckabee, Mike Huckabee's political show. Casting Crowns' fourth major studio album, Until the Whole World Hears, was released on November 17, 2009, debuting at No. 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 four weeks. The title track and first single from the album became the group's ninth No. 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. A music video for the title track of Until the Whole World Hears was posted on the band's YouTube page on August 23, 2010. The track "Glorious Day" was released as a single in 2011 and reached No. 1 on Billboard Christian Songs during the week of April 23, 2011. "Courageous", was released as a single on July 19, 2011. The music video for the song was released on June 13, 2011 and promotes the film Courageous. The song was featured on, Come to the Well, which was released on October 18, 2011. "Jesus, Friend of Sinners", the album's second single, was released in 2012. In 2012, Josh Mix joined the band, replacing guitar player Hector Cervantes. The Acoustic Sessions: Volume One, was released on January 22, 2013. In early 2013, the band recorded their own version of the hymn "I Surrender All" for the album Jesus, Firm Foundation. Also, lead singer Mark Hall recorded the title song with Mike Donehey of Tenth Avenue North, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Mandisa. To end the year, the band joined Chapman, Natalie Grant, Matthew West, and other artists on "The Story Tour 2013" performing sings from The Story. In September 2013, the band released "All You've Ever Wanted", the first single from Thrive which was released on January 28, 2014. and charted No. 6 in Billboard's Top 200 in its first week. In early 2015, Casting Crowns released the hymns-album, Glorious Day - Hymns of Faith, exclusively through Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. The album includes Casting Crowns' Until the Whole World Hears singles "Glorious Day" and "Blessed Redeemer", and acoustic versions of "If We Are the Body" and "Praise You in This Storm" as well as eight hymns, mostly covers. In November 2015, the band released A Live Worship Experience. The album was recorded live at the band's home church, Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church, and features 12 songs, including worship songs "Great Are You Lord," and "Good Good Father," and Casting Crowns' songs "Just Be Held" and "Thrive." On September 16, 2016, the band released their seventh studio album, The Very Next Thing, which was preceded by the single "One Step Away". It was followed by a second single from the album, "Oh My Soul". On October 20, 2017, the band released a new EP, It's Finally Christmas, and embarked on "A Glorious Christmas" tour with for KING & COUNTRY shortly after its release.
In keeping with The Great Commission, Hall describes their music as a "ministry of discipleship". Mark Hall is youth minister at Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, Georgia, while the other members are active in their respective churches. They do the band part-time around their full-time work of raising families and church service. They often tour from Thursday to Saturday so that they can be home for church on Sunday morning and Wednesday night.
Current Mark Hall – lead vocals and songwriter (1999–present) Juan DeVevo – guitar and background vocals (1999–present) Chris Huffman – bass and background vocals (2001–present) Megan Garrett – piano, keyboards, backing vocals (2001–present) Melodee DeVevo – violin, backing vocals, cello (1999–present) Brian Scoggin – drums (2009–present) Josh Mix – lead guitar and background vocals (2013–present) Former Andy Williams – drums (2001–2009) Hector Cervantes – lead guitar and background vocals (1999–2013)
Lifestories by Mark Hall
Your Own Jesus by Mark Hall
The Well by Mark Hall
Thrive by Mark Hall
The Very Next Thing by Mark Hall
Casting Crowns (2001) What If the Whole World Prayed (2002) Casting Crowns (2003) Lifesong (2005) The Altar and the Door (2007) Peace on Earth (2008) Until the Whole World Hears (2009) Come to the Well (2011) Thrive (2014) The Very Next Thing (2016)
Career sales have exceeded 10 million records. Voted CCM Readers' Choice Awards "Favorite Band", "Favorite New Artist" and "Favorite Album" in 2005. "Lifesong" voted "Inspirational Single of the Year" by online music fans in the 2005 CCMSingles.Net Awards. "Praise You in this Storm" was the fifth most played song of 2006 according to R&R magazine. "East to West" voted "AC Single of the Year" and "Inspirational Single of the Year" by online music fans in the 2007 CCMSingles.Net Awards. Casting Crowns was the most played artist on Christian Radio in 2007, according to Radio & Records Weekly charts (12/10). Casting Crowns is the second-fastest Christian band in history to have their first two albums certified platinum, the fastest being Jars of Clay.
List of awards and nominations received by Casting Crowns
Official website Casting Crowns Artist Profile on Christian Music Review The Altar and the Door album review on Christian Music Review Casting Crowns on WorshipSong The Altar & The Door Tour 2009 concert review from NewReleaseTuesday.com Official YouTube Channel Official GodTube Channel