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CASTING CROWNS LEADS DOVE NOMINATION CHARGE WITH ARTIST OF THE YEAR, GROUP OF THE YEAR RECOGNITION
Posted February 19, 2010

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CASTING CROWNS LEADS DOVE NOMINATION CHARGE
WITH ARTIST OF THE YEAR, GROUP OF THE YEAR RECOGNITION

Five-Time Group of the Year Receives Three Nods

(Nashville, Tenn.) Feb.18, 2010 ñ The reigning five-time Dove Award Group of the Year, Casting Crowns, received additional recognition from the Gospel Music Association today for a spectacular 2009. The top-selling act in Christian music since 2007, Casting Crowns racked up three nominations for the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards, announced at Belmont Universityís Curb CafÈ. With these nominations, Casting Crowns is again recognized for being at the forefront of Christian music, with top nods in the Artist of the Year and Group of the Year categories.

The bandís ninth career radio No.1 song, and title track of its blockbuster fourth album, ìUntil the Whole World Hears,î receives a nomination for Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year. Additionally, lead singer/songwriter Mark Hall receives a nomination for his participation on Glory Revealed II: The Word of God In Worship, nominated in the Special Event Album of the Year category.

Certified RIAA Gold in four weeks, Casting Crownsí latest album Until the Whole World Hears sold a historical 167,000 first-week copies, setting a sales record for the group as the highest debuting Christian Music artist in SoundScan history (week ending 11/22/09). 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, now three RIAA Gold Albums and a Gold DVD, further establishing its unprecedented six-year career.

The 41st Annual Dove Awards will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at Nashvilleís famed Grand Ole Opry House and televised nationwide on gmc (http://www.gmclife.com), Sunday, April 25, 2010 from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. EST. gmc is the fastest-growing network in television and can be seen in 46 million homes on various cable systems around the country, on DIRECTV on channel 338 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 224.

Casting Crowns is currently continuing its highly-successful ìUntil The Whole World Hearsî Tour in 41 more cities this spring. Having started on February 4 in Kansas City, Mo., the tour features a brand new lineup with special guests Kutless on dates in February and March, and Tenth Avenue North rounding out the tourís final segment of shows in April and May. Indie rock band CALEB, featuring brothers Caleb and Will Chapman, will also join the tour roster.

The spring leg of the ìUntil The Whole World Hearsî Tour follows a well-received, 41-city run of fall dates on which Casting Crowns played in front of nearly 150,000 people at multiple sell-out performances.

About Casting Crowns:

Christian musicís GRAMMY, AMA and five-time Dove Award-winning Group 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, continues to perform in the top of the sales charts since its Nov. 17, 2009 release. In addition, Casting Crownsí 2008 Christmas album, Peace On Earth (10/7/2008), was recently certified RIAA Gold.

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.

Millions of fans can now stream the bandís entire catalog of music and video from the bandís newly created fan-centric web site, www.crownsfans.com. For more information, visit www.providentpress.com, or www.castingcrowns.com. *Follow the band on Mark Hallís Twitter at: http://twitter.com/markhallCC.

About the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards
The GMA Dove Awards is Christian/Gospel musicís biggest night of the year, where top artists from every style of gospel music come together for a night of music and celebration as the GMA bestows the industry's highest honor -- the Dove Award. The 41st Annual Dove Awards will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at Nashvilleís famed Grand Ole Opry House.


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Publicity contact: Alisha McArthur, 615-261-6330 / 615-584-7334 c / alisha.mcarthur@pmgsonymusic.com.
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