First two songs from upcoming milestone album released today
Grammy-winning, multi-Platinum-selling group Casting Crowns will celebrate the band's 20th anniversary this fall. In anticipation of the album, “Lifesongs: A Celebration of the First 20 Years,” two songs were released today: "All Because of Mercy," which is the next radio single, and the RIAA Platinum-selling reimagined hit song, "East to West," featuring Ben Fuller.
Listen to the new songs here.
“It is crazy to even think about the last 20 years. In 2003, we were just the youth band from our church in Atlanta," shares Casting Crowns lead singer/songwriter Mark Hall. "I still remember the world taking a chance on our song, 'If We Are the Body,' and how we soon learned that the church can handle the truth when it is spoken in love. And that is what we’ve been doing ever since – ministry in our churches and speaking truth in love. We can't wait for everyone to hear the band and fan favorites reimagined with some of our friends on this new album."
The milestone anniversary album will feature 21 songs and 21 guest artists who have taken a Casting Crowns song and rerecorded them in their own reimagined versions. The album will include chart-topping songs such as "Voice of Truth," "Nobody," "Praise You In This Storm" and "Who Am I," as well as songs rerecorded by the group themselves.
Casting Crowns will be revealing all of the guest artists and songs via their social media accounts over the course of the next several weeks. This commemorative collection will be a beautiful way to honor the band's impactful career.
The new single, "All Because of Mercy," follows the long history of 15 No. 1 radio singles on Christian radio. The message of the song follows in line with the band's purpose of speaking the truth in love to the church.
Hall adds, “The message of 'All Because of Mercy' is really simple. The only reason I belong to the Father, the only reason I can pray, the only reason I can rest and have peace is because of what God has done and the finished work of Jesus. When I’ve been reminded that the reason I belong to God is because of what he did through Jesus, I can come to him in any condition and in any situation. It is all because of Jesus and all because of his mercy."
Casting Crowns will also embark this fall on the "Casting Crowns' 20th Anniversary Tour: A Live Symphony Experience." The band will be joined on tour by a live orchestra for this one-of-its-kind concert experience. Presented by Compassion International, the 20-city tour begins Sept. 28 in Albany and will make stops in cities across the country including Boston, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Tulsa, Austin, San Antonio, San Diego and Tucson, among others. Check out CastingCrowns.com for more information.
More About Casting Crowns
Casting Crowns is the prolific and chart-topping CCM group that has achieved sales milestones with more than 13 million albums sold. Additionally, they have received numerous RIAA certifications: one RIAA two-times multi-Platinum album, five RIAA Platinum albums, two RIAA Platinum DVDs, seven RIAA Gold albums, four Gold DVDs, seven RIAA Platinum singles, and 15 RIAA Gold digital singles. The group has had 15 career No. 1 radio singles, as well as more than 3.6 billion streams life to date.
Casting Crowns has also been honored with four American Music Awards (out of seven total nominations), a Grammy Award for their album “Lifesong,” and eight additional Grammy Award nominations. In addition, the group has garnered 18 GMA Dove Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, and 13 total Billboard Music Award nominations.
Casting Crowns’ band members all remain active in student ministry. They tour according to their local church commitments.
Casting Crowns images courtesy of Merge PR