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CASTING CROWNS NAMED GMA ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Posted April 22, 2010

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CASTING CROWNS NAMED GMA ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Fan Voted Dove Award Brings Nightís Top Recognition to Platinum-Selling Band

Televised Nationwide Sunday, April 25, on gmc



(Nashville, Tenn.) Apr. 22, 2010 ñ With winners announced last night for the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards, Casting Crowns nabbed the eveningís highest honor, Artist of the Year. After scoring five consecutive Group of the Year titles from the Gospel Music Association, this top-selling act in Christian music since 2007 receives top recognition for the first time in this fan-voted category.

ìTo me, itís extra special because the fans were voting,î Casting Crowns lead singer and songwriter Mark Hall reported the Associated Press. ìIt really wasnít anywhere on our radar.î

Performing its ninth smash No. 1 radio hit, and title track from the bandís latest project, ìUntil the Whole World Hears,î on the award show, Casting Crowns was joined on stage and in the aisles of the Grand Ole Opry House by a 200-voice childrenís choir from New Hope Academy in Franklin, Tenn. By the end of the song, the packed audience was singing the songís powerful gospel message in unison. The televised show will air nationwide on gmc Sunday, April 25, from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. EST.

Casting Crownsí fourth album, Until the Whole World Hears, certified RIAA Gold in four weeks, spanning another chart-topping hit for the platinum-selling supergroup. The projectís title track was also nominated for Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year. Selling 167,000 first-week copies, the historical debut of Until The Whole World Hears set a sales record for the group as the highest debuting Christian Music artist in SoundScan history (week ending 11/22/09).

Additionally, Hall received a Dove for his participation on Glory Revealed II: The Word of God In Worship, winner in the Special Event Album of the Year category.

The RIAA Gold certification of Until The Whole World Hears adds a third Gold album to the bandís collection. To date, all of the Atlanta-based bandís projects are RIAA certified, with a monster tally of two RIAA Platinum Albums, two RIAA Platinum DVDs, now three RIAA Gold Albums and a Gold DVD, further establishing its unprecedented six-year career.

The band is currently headlining its highly-successful ìUntil The Whole World Hearsî Tour with Tenth Avenue North, who won Song of the Year last night for ìBy Your Side.î The powerhouse tour rounds out the final segment of shows in April and May. The spring leg of the ìUntil The Whole World Hearsî Tour follows a well-received, 41-city run of fall dates on which Casting Crowns played multiple sell-out performances.

About Casting Crowns:

Christian musicís GRAMMY, AMA and five-time Dove Award-winning Group of the Year Casting Crowns is headed by frontman/principal songwriter Mark Hall. The platinum-selling bandís recent fourth album, Until The Whole World Hears, continues to perform in the top of the sales charts since its Nov. 17 release. The albumís title track marks a ninth career No.1 radio single.

Despite an unprecedented six-year career with Casting Crowns, the seven band members remain active in student ministry in the Atlanta area and tour part-time around their local church duties. Serving his 18th year in youth ministry, Hall is the student pastor at Eagleís Landing First Baptist Church in Atlanta. As a remarkable occasion, Casting Crowns performed for a second time in North Korea in April 2009, in partnership with Global Resource Services, as the band continues to forge invaluable relationships with the people in the D.P.R.K.

For more information, visit www.providentpress.com, or www.castingcrowns.com.
Follow the band on Mark Hallís Twitter at: http://twitter.com/markhallCC. Millions of fans can now stream the bandís entire catalog of music and video from the fan-centric web site, www.crownsfans.com.

About the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards:

The GMA Dove Awards is Christian/Gospel musicís biggest night of the year, where top artists from every style of gospel music come together for a night of music and celebration as the GMA bestows the industry's highest honor -- the Dove Award. Please visit gospelmusic.org for more information.

The 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards will be televised nationwide on gmc (http://www.gmclife.com), Sunday, April 25, 2010 from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. EST. While the awards are the purpose of the show, music performances will definitely share center stage at the GMA Dove Awards, showcasing some of gospel musicís hottest and most diverse artists. Dove Awards will be handed out in 43 categories. Dove Awards nominations go to recordings released during the eligibility year November 1, 2008 through October 31, 2009 and voted on by the members of the GMA. The complete list of winners is available at both www.gospelmusic.org and www.doveawards.com


About GMC:

GMC can be seen in 47 million homes. The channelís rapid growth has made it one of the fastest growing networks in television for the past three years. GMC is available on various cable systems around the country, on DIRECTV on channel 338 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 224. For more information visit www.gmctv.tv.

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Publicity contact: Alisha McArthur, 615-261-6330 / 615-584-7334 cell alisha.mcarthur@pmgsonymusic.com

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