Casting Crowns' continues to make music to encourage and uplift the church. With their latest single, "All You've Ever Wanted," off their upcoming album Thrive (January 28, 2013), their heart for ministry is still very evident in everything they do.
"All of our records have come from what we're teaching in the church," explains lead singer Mark Hall. "I've been a youth pastor for half of my life, so teaching these things evolved into the songs, and even more so with this upcoming album."
Impressed the voice and straightforward Christian message of songs like “If We Are the Body” and “Who Am I,” Mark Miller of Sawyer Brown and fellow artist Steven Curtis Chapman eventually convinced Mark Hall that he needed to be pursuing music full-time. While Hall was definitely open to the idea, his only concern was that he’d still get to be a youth pastor, something he’s continued to do while recording and touring with Casting Crowns.
Now with a congregation larger than he ever imagined, Casting Crowns, which also includes Juan DeVevo (guitar, vocals), Melodee DeVevo (vocals, violin), Hector Cervantes (vocals, guitar), Chris Huffman (bass), Megan Garrett (keys, vocals, accordion) and Bryan Scoggin (drums), has made a slew of studio albums that challenge Christians to live out a faith that’s anything but status quo.
With their project, Until the Whole World Hears, they’ve explored new musical horizons as well with a more rockin’ soundtrack on the title track. Above all else though, for Mark Hall the most important thing is the Message; that the whole world needs to have a personal relationship with Jesus. “I want to shake people up and help them see that Jesus is not a religion, and God is not a book,” Mark says in the band’s official biography. “You can’t pray to a book, and you can’t draw strength from an idea or standard.”
The band went on to produce a live album based on the project, which includes their "Until the Whole World Hears" music video, teaching videos from Mark Hall, and the story of Hall's adopted daughter, Hope. In addition to the title track, all of the songs on the album display amazing depth. "Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)" is actually a "reinvention" of a hymn that lead singer Mark Hall grew up listening to, entitled "One Day." Additionally, the song "To Know You" is rooted in Romans 8:29, "For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters," and explains that God's biggest goal is to conform us to live like Jesus.
From there, Casting Crowns released, Come To The Well, featuring song such as "Jesus, Friend of Sinners," as well as "Just Another Birthday," "Already There," and "Courageous," which was written for the movie by the same title. The song, as well as the movie, encourages fathers and husbands to take their responsibilities seriously, and seek God for help. "The warriors have become the watchers," lead singer Mark Hall explains on an interview with K-LOVE's Scott and Kelli. "We gotta get out our seats; we gotta get back in the game and love our families."
Casting Crowns has received a slew of honors this year, including two 2012 Billboard Music Award for Top Christian Artist and Top Christian Album. And also recently won the award for "Group/Duo of the Year," at the K-LOVE fan awards, were also nominated for "Artist of the Year."
“What we do is inspired by our faith in Jesus, our home churches and the
incredible people we get to interact with on the road,” says Mark. “We
feel honored that our music would be recognized in this way.”
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