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Casting Crowns

"Ever since You rescued me
You gave my  heart a song to sing
 I'm living for the world to see
 Nobody but Jesus" - lyrics from "Nobody"

Casting Crowns performs "Nobody (feat. Matthew West)" in their Official Music Video:


"The older I got, the more I started falling in love with the heart of this man John the Baptist. Because John the Baptist knew his place. He knew why he was here. He knew 'I am not the point, I am here to point to The Point ... in a moment that everyone was looking at him, he wouldn't even tell them his name ... what he's saying is just straight, I'm nobody."
                                                                                 - Mark Hall, lead singer Casting Crowns

Check out this teaching video, where Mark reflects on the message behind the song:



For years, Mark Hall, youth pastor and lead singer with Casting Crowns, comforted others who were going through hard times, delivering encouragement and hope through music, prayers and ministry. After receiving a kidney cancer diagnosis in 2015, Mark found himself on the receiving end of help, a humbling experience.

The messages contained in the songs on Casting Crowns' album The Very Next Thing, like "One Step Away" and "Oh My Soul," were birthed from that place of vulnerability. During that season, Mark became aware of God's presence and guidance like never before.

The band canceled their performances for a month while Mark recuperated from surgery. At one point, they shared, "We never realized when we wrote the song "Just Be Held" it would be our current testimony for what we are going through right now. God always has a way of preparing our hearts."  

Then, on April 16, 2015, Mark sent the following tweet: "1st night back on stage since surgery 4 wks ago: I think I left a few of those high notes in my other kidney."

Hitting those high notes with music has always been part of his 20+ year career as a youth pastor. Although, Mark never expected that writing and playing songs for jam-packed audiences older than, say, 15 or 16 would be part of his repertoire.

It all began when Mark Miller (Sawyer Brown) and Steven Curtis Chapman became impressed with his voice and the straightforward Christian message of songs like “If We Are the Body” and “Who Am I.” They convinced Mark that he needed to pursue music full-time. While Mark was definitely open to the idea, his only concern was would he 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 explored musical horizons with a more rockin’ sound on the title track. The most important thing remained 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 album Come To The Well, features the songs "Jesus, Friend of Sinners," "Just Another Birthday," "Already There," and "Courageous." "Courageous" was written for the movie by the same title. The song and the movie encourage fathers and husbands to take their responsibilities seriously and seek God for help. "The warriors have become the watchers," Mark explains in an interview with K-LOVE's Scott and Kelli. "We gotta get out of our seats; we gotta get back in the game and love our families."

Casting Crowns is based out of Atlanta, Georgia and their church youth group is named Thrive. In many ways, this group inspired the album, Thrive (2014). Mark likes to encourage people to let their roots go deep and their reach go wide just like a large tree the youth group saw on a trip they took:

"Sometimes believers are all roots, they're wanting to know more about God, they're learning about theologies, they want to know about everybody's opinion and all the different books ... they're all about knowing stuff, but they don't love people. So, everything they know doesn't go anywhere." Mark continues, "And, a lot of times you find believers that are all reach. They're going to go feed people and save people and do and do and do and do. But, there's no root system in their faith ... we looked at the balance, the tension between letting God define you and knowing who you are before you get out there, to the world. That's who we've been ever since. Now it's finally in song form so we can share it with the world." 

Listen to the story behind Casting Crowns' song "Oh My Soul"



Songs

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Only Jesus
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It's Finally Christmas
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The Very Next Thing
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The Acoustic Sessions: Volume One
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Come To The Well
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Until The Whole World Hears
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Peace On Earth
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