In a February feature following the release of Casting Crowns’ new album Thrive, Billboard magazine named the group “Christian Music’s Biggest Band.” Despite the fact that in the past decade Casting Crowns has sold over 8 million records and earned 15 Dove Awards, a GRAMMY® award and numerous nominations for each, several of its members continue to work on staff at Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough.
Thrive, Casting Crowns’ seventh album, was released on Jan. 28, 2014, and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart and No. 6 on its prestigious 200 album chart. The album, like all of the group’s albums, was produced by Mark Miller, lead vocalist for Sawyer Brown who also oversees Beach Street Records, and sold 45,000 copies in its first week.
Lead vocalist and Eagles Landing youth pastor Mark Hall says, “The idea of ‘Thrive’ came out of our student ministry. I’ve been a youth pastor for almost 22 years and it’s still what I want to be when I grow up. The songs always really start out with what we’re teaching, and for years I’ve been using Psalm 1 in showing them what a believer looks like. It says: ‘Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season.’” Hall’s latest book, Thrive – Digging Deep, Reaching Out, was published on Feb. 11 to coincide with the album release.
Members of Casting Crowns include: Hall (lead singer and songwriter); Megan Garrett (piano, keyboards and vocals); Juan Devevo (guitar and vocals); Melodee Devevo (violin, cello and vocals); Chris Huffman (bass guitar and vocals); Brian Scoggin (drums); and Josh Mix (lead guitar and vocals.
Read the Billboard article here.