This Marietta, Georgia, USA-based Christian rock band was formed in the early 90s by Mac Powell (John Powell, 25 December 1972, USA; vocals) and Mark Lee (b. 29 May 1973, USA; guitar). The line-up was completed by Tai Anderson (b. Samuel Tai Anderson, 11 June 1976, USA; bass), David Carr (b. 15 November 1974, USA; drums), and Brad Avery (b. Bradley Brent Christopher Avery, 20 August 1971, USA; guitar), and the newly formed quintet soon built up a following on the southern live circuit with their hard-hitting live act. They were signed to Gray Dot Records in March 1995, and released their self-titled debut in June. Comprising songs recorded over the previous two years and originally released on the unofficial albums Long Time Forgotten and Contagious, the album was a surprise hit, although similarities to the highly successful Hootie And The Blowfish undoubtedly helped. A remixed version containing two new tracks was released by the Arista Records imprint, Reunion Records, the following year. Their 1997 collection, Conspiracy No. 5, saw the band begin to establish their own identity, and earned them Grammy and Dove nominations.
Third Day relocated to Essential Records for Time in September 1999. Originally released with a free limited edition EP, the album eschewed the hard rock of their earlier records for a mellower, roots-orientated approach. The quintet built upon the success of Time with a series of releases for Essential that confirmed their reputation as one of the most successful crossover acts to emerge from the Christian market. Originally intended as a fan record, the worship album Offerings outsold the bands other releases to attain platinum status. The subsequent Come Together (2001) earned Third Day both Dove and Grammy awards. The band then won the 2005 Grammy for Best Rock Gospel Album for Wire, the follow-up to their second worship collection. In 2005, they broke into the mainstream Top 10 for the first time with Wherever You Are.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.