With over 8.5 million career album sales, two American Music Awards, a Grammy Award and 15 Dove Awards, Casting Crowns has secured its place as one of the most popular Christian bands of all time. In an unprecedented ten-year span, the group has produced nine chart-topping singles including passionate hits like “Praise You in this Storm,” “East to West,” “Courageous” and “Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me).”
Comprised entirely of youth pastors, the seven-member group began in 1999 as the student worship band at First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Florida. After moving to Georgia in 2001, the band produced two independent albums before signing with Beach Street Records. The band’s self-titled 2003 release was an immediate success, securing double-platinum status with hits like “If We Are the Body” and the number-one, gold-certified singles “Who Am I” and “The Voice of Truth.”
With additional anthems like “Lifesong,” “Does Anybody Hear Her,” “Until the Whole World Hears” and “Jesus, Friend of Sinners” it is no wonder Casting Crowns continues to enjoy a growing, enthusiastic fan base. The band is currently celebrating the release of their latest album, The Very Next Thing, which was released in 2016.
Matthew West is a four-time GRAMMY® nominee, a multiple-ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner and Dove Award recipient, and was awarded an American Music Award (2013), a Billboard Music Award (Top Christian Artist, 2014), a K-LOVE Fan Award (2016), Billboard’s Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year (2016), and West also received a Primetime Emmy® Award nomination for original music & lyrics for “The Heart of Christmas.” In addition to his own recording career, he has co-hosted the K-LOVE Fan Awards three times and has more than 130 songwriting credits to his name, including cuts by Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Mandisa, and number one cuts by Casting Crowns and Danny Gokey. Selling more than 1.6 million albums to date, acclaimed releases include: “Live Forever,” GRAMMY® nominated “Into The Light,” “The Story of Your Life,” “Something to Say,” “History,” and “Happy.” West is also an accomplished author, with five books to date: Give This Christmas Away, The Story of Your Life, Forgiveness, Today Is Day One, and his newest release, Hello My Name Is. Passionate about providing hope and healing through the power of prayer and story, West along with his father Pastor Joe West founded popwe, a non-profit ministry helping others to craft, share, and live a more meaningful life.