This US Christian pop/rock band was formed in 1999 by youth pastor Mark Hall (14 September 1970, Montgomery, Alabama, USA; vocals). Formed to support Halls work on the worship circuit in Florida, the original line-up featured Juan DeVevo (b. 24 September 1975, Jacksonville, Florida, USA; guitar/vocals), Hector Cervantes (b. 13 September 1980, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; guitar/vocals) and Melodee DeVevo (b. 2 July 1976, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; violin/vocals). It was only following relocation to McDonough, Georgia, that Casting Crowns began to take a more permanent shape. Chris Huffman (b. 12 November 1980, Glasgow, Kentucky, USA; bass), Andy Williams (b. 13 May 1972, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; drums) and Megan Garrett (b. 27 August 1980, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; keyboards/accordion) were added to the line-up, which then completed two independent albums for the local market. Things began to move forward for the band when they signed to Beach Street Records and worked with CCM artist Steven Curtis Chapman on a new album. Their self-titled debut for Beach Street was released in 2003 and was a notable hit on the CCM market, helping spread word about the bands music to a national stage. A live CD/DVD set preceded the release of the bands second nationally distributed album, Lifesong. The album was also the first Casting Crowns release to reach the national charts.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.