Only sixteen months after its Sept. 30, 2003 release, Atlanta-based rock group Casting Crowns self-titled debut album has received RIAA Platinum certification for sales of more than one million copies. The commendation makes Casting Crowns, who received 13 nominations for this years Dove Awards, the fasting selling debut artist in recent Christian music history.
In other news of success, the groups latest single, Voice of Truth, which is the third consecutive No. 1 from the album, is now on its 13th week at the top spot of R & Rs Christian AC Monitored Chart a record breaking position shattering the previous high of 11 consecutive weeks.
A year and a half ago, we were amazed that God was taking our ministry in a new direction while still leaving us planted in the church. By faith, we dove in with no script of predictions on how this was all going to work. And now God is using songs we thought were written for our students as a ministry tool for the church worldwide, said lead singe Mark Hall regarding his newfound success. Weve seen the body of Christ at work through radio, retail and local churches and we are more passionate about our ministry through Casting Crowns than when we started.
Its difficult to find new ways of acknowledging the success of Casting Crowns and this album. The words that come to mind are thankful and grateful, noted Terry Hemmings, Provident Music Group President and CEO. Provident is so thankful to be a part of this music and to know the members of this group. We are also grateful for the support we have received from radio, retail and the consumers of contemporary Christian music. Retailers and programmers recognized early on that this band was special and provided them an opportunity to be heard.
For the latest information on Casting Crowns, who are currently on the second leg of the All Things New Tour with headliners Steven Curtis Chapman and Chris Tomlin, visit the groups official site at www.castingcrowns.com