The reigning five-time Dove Award Group of the Year, Casting Crowns, receives additional recognition from the Gospel Music Association for a spectacular 2009. The top-selling act in Christian music since 2007, Casting Crowns racks up three nominations for the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards, announced at Belmont University’s Curb Café last week. With these nominations, Casting Crowns is again recognized for being at the forefront of Christian music, with top nods in the Artist of the Year and Group of the Year categories.
The band’s ninth career radio No.1 song, and title track of its blockbuster fourth album, “Until the Whole World Hears,” receives a nomination for Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year. Additionally, lead singer/songwriter Mark Hall is nominated for his participation on Glory Revealed II: The Word of God In Worship, in the Special Event Album of the Year category.
Certified RIAA Gold in four weeks, Casting Crowns’ latest album Until the Whole World Hears sold a historical 167,000 first-week copies, setting a sales record for the group as the highest debuting Christian Music artist in SoundScan history (week ending 11/22/09). To date, all of the Atlanta-based band’s projects are RIAA certified, with a monster tally of two RIAA Platinum Albums, two RIAA Platinum DVDs, now three RIAA Gold Albums and a Gold DVD, further establishing its unprecedented six-year career.
The 41st Annual Dove Awards will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at Nashville’s famed Grand Ole Opry House and televised nationwide on gmc (http://www.gmclife.com), Sunday, April 25, 2010, from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. EST. gmc is the fastest-growing network in television and can be seen in 46 million homes on various cable systems around the country, on DIRECTV on channel 338 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 224.
Casting Crowns is currently continuing its highly-successful “Until The Whole World Hears” Tour in 41 more cities this spring. Having started on February 4, in Kansas City, Mo., the tour features a brand new lineup with special guests Kutless on dates in February and March, and Tenth Avenue North rounding out the tour’s final segment of shows in April and May. Indie rock band CALEB, featuring brothers Caleb and Will Chapman, will also join the tour roster.
The spring leg of the “Until The Whole World Hears” Tour follows a well-received, 41-city run of fall dates on which Casting Crowns played in front of nearly 150,000 people at multiple sell-out performances.
About Casting Crowns:
Christian music’s GRAMMY, AMA and five-time Dove Award-winning Group of the Year Casting Crowns is headed by frontman/principal songwriter Mark Hall. The platinum-selling band’s recent fourth album, Until The Whole World Hears, continues to perform in the top of the sales charts since its Nov. 17, 2009 release. In addition, Casting Crowns’ 2008 Christmas album, Peace On Earth (10/7/2008), was recently certified RIAA Gold.
Despite an unprecedented six-year career with Casting Crowns, the seven band members remain active in student ministry in the Atlanta area and tour part-time around their local church duties. Serving his 18th year in youth ministry, Hall is the student pastor at Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in Atlanta. As a remarkable occasion, Casting Crowns performed for a second time in North Korea in April 2009, in partnership with Global Resource Services, as the band continues to forge invaluable relationships with the people in the D.P.R.K.
Millions of fans can now stream the band’s entire catalog of music and video from the band’s newly created fan-centric web site, www.crownsfans.com.
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