Casting Crowns is a contemporary Christian rock from First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Florida. In 1999, youth pastor and lead singer Mark Hall started Casting Crowns with guitarists Juan DeVevo and Hector Cervantes, drummer Rob “Chavez” Cervantes and violinist Melode DeVevo. After the student group moved to Stockbridge, Georgia the band expanded further, adding bassist Chris Huffman, keyboardist Megan Garrett and drummer Andy Williams. As part of their church outreach program, Casting Crowns released two independently produced CDs in the Atlanta area in 2004. While the band did not pursue a label, one of the CDs happened to fall into the hands of Mark Miller who signed the group with Beach Street Records, part of Reunion Records. With co-producer Steven Curtis Chapman, Casting Crowns released their self-titled first studio album. The album became one of the fastest selling Christian albums ever with the single “Voice of Truth” spending fourteen weeks at number one on the Heatseeker’s chart. The album would later go platinum in 2005. Their second album, entitled “Lifesong” dropped in 2005, and climbed to #9 on Billboard’s 200 charts and earned Casting Crowns a Grammy for Best Pop and Contemporary Gospel Album. In 2007, their third album, “Alter and the Door”, was released at number one on Hot Christian Albums and reached number two on Billboard. The album went gold and was followed by a successful American tour. In 2009, Brian Scoggin replaced Williams as drummer before the release of their fifth album, “Until the Whole World Hears”. The album broke the record for most Christian albums sold in the first week with 167,000 copies. They headlined their subsequent tour with opening acts Kutless and Tenth Avenue North. 2011’s “Come to the Well” and 2014’s “Thrive” continued the band's highly successful careers. They continue to tour throughout the United States.