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CASTING CROWNSí MARK HALL MAKES SPECIAL APPEARANCE AT ëSTAR WARS CELEBRATION Ví THIS WEEK
Posted August 12, 2010

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CASTING CROWNSí MARK HALL MAKES SPECIAL
APPEARANCE AT ëSTAR WARS CELEBRATION Ví THIS WEEK


YOUTH PASTOR PLACES HIS ONE-OF-A KIND ëHAN SOLOí DESK
UP FOR SALE WITH ALL PROCEEDS GOING TO CHARITY


(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Aug. 12, 2010 ñ Mark Hall, lead singer of Casting Crowns, is known for his talent as a songwriter and his passion for teen and family ministry. But the acclaimed frontman of the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards ìArtist of the Yearî recently revealed an interest few may know about: Star Wars. The self-professed Star Wars fanatic is using his interest to help children and families around the world, as he places several objects from his extensive, personal Star Wars memorabilia collection up for sale at this weekís Star Wars Celebration V convention in Orlando, Fla. All proceeds will go to World Vision, the child advocacy organization Casting Crowns has partnered with since 2003.

ìIíve been a Star Wars fan since I was a kid, and my son and I have been collecting memorabilia for several years,î says Hall. ìNow Iím teaching our son that God doesnít bless us so we can merely have; He blesses us so we can give.î

Hall, and Crownsí guitar player Juan DeVevo, will make a special appearance at Star Wars Celebration V today to experience the convention and drive buyers to Hallís unique Star Wars items. The items showcased include the one-of-a-kind, custom-designed ìHan Soloî desk, an ìEmperorî chair and several Star Wars themed paintings

The desk was created in 2008 by Tom Spina and Richard Riley of Tom Spina Designs, a NY-based company specializing in the creation of custom sculpture, themed furniture and the restoration and display of original movie props and features a 3-D figure of the famous ìHan Soloî character encased in carbonite. The ìEmperorî chair was also created by Tom Spina Designs and will be on display with the desk.


While the items are up for sale at the convention, any Casting Crowns fan is able to inquire about purchasing by visiting http://www.castingcrowns.com or by directly clicking on the Casting Crowns blog link, http://bit.ly/940dSS

One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Casting Crownsí long time charitable partner, World Vision. World Vision works nationally and internationally with impoverished children to improve their quality of life and the lives of their families. To date, Casting Crownsí tours are responsible for uniting more than 50,000 children with sponsors through the humanitarian outfit.

Stars Wars Celebration is an annual, traveling convention hosted by Lucasfilm that will be hosted this year by the Orange County Convention Center Aug. 12-15. The convention gathers together more than 30,000 Star Wars enthusiasts from across the country to dress up in costumes, see special guests like George Lucas, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher and share their enthusiasm for the trilogy with other fans. One of the conventionís many scheduled activities is a charity auction of Star Wars memorabilia.
Also on deck this month for GRAMMY-winning Casting Crowns is the Aug. 31 release of its new project, Until the Whole World Hears LIVE, which takes the bandís most recent live show direct to living rooms. The 2-disc DVD/CD will offer millions of fans a front-row experience to the platinum-selling music and discipleship of Casting Crowns. The 54-minute LIVE concert DVD includes an additional 80 minutes of behind-the-scenes content and will launch the premiere of Casting Crownsí new ìUntil the Whole World Hearsî music video. DVD highlights include Mark Hallís devotional-styled ìTeaching Video Seriesî and the ìAdopting Hopeî story which details the Hallsí heartwarming journey to bring home their 33-month old daughter, Meeka Hope, from China.

About Casting Crowns:
Christian musicís GRAMMY, AMA and Dove Award-winning Artist 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, sold 167,000 copies first-week setting a sales record as the highest debuting Christian Music artist in SoundScan history (week ending 11/22/09). The album certified RIAA Gold in four weeks, with more than 600,000 sold 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, three RIAA Gold Albums and a Gold DVD, holding position as Billboardís top-selling act in Christian music since 2007. 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.

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