12/11/2003 - Casting Crowns Remain #1 At Christian Hit Radio For Third Week

Casting Crowns, the Atlanta-based band who has become the "fastest-selling new artist of 2003," is maintaining its No. 1 stay at CHR radio with "If We Are The Body."   The single claimed the No. 1 spot on Radio & Records� Christian AC radio chart for three consecutive weeks and now has spent three consecutive weeks at R&R;�s CHR No. 1 spot.

In addition to its impact at radio and retail, Casting Crowns is making a name for itself among media.  Worship Leader magazine recently announced its 2003 nominees for the 3rd Annual Praise Awards.  Casting Crowns was nominated as a 2003 Breakthrough Artist, along with Jeremy Camp, Todd Agnew, Dave Lubben and Kathryn Scott.  Winners will be announced in its March/April issue.

"Once again we are amazed at the aftershocks this song is making in our culture," notes Mark Hall, Casting Crowns lead singer.  "We�re thrilled about the nomination with Worship Leader and just pray we continue to make an impact on listeners spiritual lives."

Casting Crowns recently returned home from a week-long radio promotional tour.  The band visited with WDJC/Birmingham and KLRC/Fayetteville.  The band were guests on the KSBJ/Houston morning show and performed that evening for the KSBJ Christmas party at Relient Stadium.

Since its Sept. 30 release, Casting Crowns unprecedented impact has been seen at both radio and retail.  The band�s self-titled album debuted in the No. 1 spot on the Nielsen SoundScan Top Christian Albums sales chart its first week out and has maintained momentum at retail.  Its debut radio single "If We Are The Body" also claimed the No. 1 chart position on both the R&R; AC and CHR radio charts for three weeks.  At AC radio, this marked the first time that a debut artist went No. 1, and maintained top charting position with its first single, for multiple weeks.

Casting Crowns, formed during frontman Mark Hall�s tenure as a youth minister in Daytona Beach, Fla. four years ago, developed its unique sound while leading Wednesday night worship for its youth group. Accepting a similar post in Atlanta, Hall and other band members relocated in order to continue and grow their music ministry.  In addition, stemming from his passion for youth, Hall launched a curriculum called "Jumpstart Resources" designed to assist smaller churches with their youth programs.

Photo Caption: Casting Crowns performed for the KSBJ/ Houston Christmas party while out on their promotional tour.  Pictured (left to right) on the front row: Melodee DeVevo, Hector Cervantes, Juan DeVevo, Andy Williams, Megan Garrett, Chris Huffman and Mark Hall, Casting Crowns; Back row: Steve Strout, Provident Label Group radio promotions; Jon Hull, program director for KSBJ;  Jim Beeler, music director for KSBJ.