GRAMMY® Award-winning Casting Crowns is made up of Mark Hall, Megan Garrett, Josh Mix, Chris Huffman, Brian Scoggin, and husband and wife duo, Juan and Melodee DeVevo. Despite holding the position as Billboard’s top-selling act in Christian music since 2007, all seven Casting Crowns members remain active in student ministry in the Atlanta area and tour according to their local church commitments.
The songs on THRIVE, Casting Crowns’ latest album, are an extension of what lead singer/songwriter Mark Hall has been teaching his students at Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in Atlanta, where he serves as youth pastor. The heart behind the project is for these songs to encourage believers to dig down into the roots of who they are in Christ so that they are fully equipped to reach out and share their faith with others. “When I talk to families about how they are doing, they always say ‘just surviving.’ That is not the life that God designed for us to live. That’s not saying that you’re not going to have problems. None of the New Testament people had it easy. They all had troubles, some even at the expense of their lives. The book of joy, Philippians, was written from prison. Hard times are going to come, but God didn’t put you here just so you could survive through hard times. He put you here to thrive, to dig in and to reach out. Following this theme, half of the songs on the album are focused on “reaching out,” while the other half are dedicated to “digging deep.”
It’s been more than 10 years since the members of Casting Crowns heard their first single on the radio in July 2003, the same day Hall and his wife Melanie welcomed their daughter Zoe. Since then so much has happened in the lives of each member and along the way God has taught them so much. “He’s opened our eyes to our suspicion that He was way bigger than we thought He was,” Hall says with a smile. “He didn’t need Casting Crowns to come along to help His word get out. God is winning. He’s changing the world. It may look at times like things are getting darker and darker, but they are not. Everywhere you go, you can see light and light wins. It always wins.”