Casting Crowns formed in 1999 as a student worship band in Daytona Beach, Florida. They were led by singer, songwriter, and youth pastor Mark Hall. They released two independent albums on CD, both of which were well received in the Atlanta area. One of the albums then found its way into the hands of Mark Miller. He was struck by Casting Crowns’ driving pop/rock style and Hall’s vocal delivery of his hard-hitting but devout songs. Miller signed them to his fledgling Beach Street Records and took the group into the studio along with co-producer Steven Curtis Chapman.
Casting Crowns’ has consistently delivered songs that spur listeners to evaluate their relationship with God and with each other. “The basic idea is let God define himself through you and if you’ll do that, you’re going to thrive,” says Hall.