Casting Crowns' continues to make music to encourage and uplift the church as evident with their latest single, "Thrive," off their latest album of the same title (January 28, 2014).
“The idea of Thrive came out of our student ministry and what we've been teaching for years on what a believer looks like,” says lead singer, Mark Hall. “This record and book is an effort to draw a picture of what a believer would look like if they dug into their roots and understood God and themselves more. We must first learn who God is and who we are. With that, half of our record is all about learning who God is and who you are. The other half is about how that works out. How are you going to get out there and let God live His life through you?”
"Thrive," follows their worshipful single "All You've Ever Wanted.""All of our records have come from what we're teaching in the church," says Mark. "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.”
Later, 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 2013 K-LOVE fan awards, are also nominated for "Group/Duo of the Year," and "Artist of the Year," for the 2014 show.
“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.”