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Posted August 08, 2011

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Project Supported by a 40-City Fall Concert Tour
Lead Single ìCourageousî Featured in Highly Anticipated Film Courageous, Sept. 30
Hit Song ìWho Am Iî Certified Gold by RIAA

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Aug. 8, 2011--Christian musicís top-selling act, GRAMMYÆ, AMA and GMA Dove Award-winning artist Casting Crowns offers its fifth studio project, Come to the Well, on Oct. 18. The release will be preceded to retail by radio single ìCourageous,î also featured in the upcoming film, Courageous, and promoted via a 40-city ìCome to the Wellî tour this fall.

Produced by Mark Miller, Come to the Well is Casting Crownsí first new studio album in two years. As with previous records, this one draws inspiration from the bandís ministry efforts at its home church, Eagles Landing Baptist Church outside of Atlanta, where frontman Mark Hall serves as youth pastor.

ìTeaching through the story of the woman at the well with my teenagers and my families is where it all came from,î says Hall. ìYour friends arenít the well. They arenít always going to do the right thing or be there for you. Your athletic scholarship canít be the well. If your knee goes out, your well is dry. You need to draw from Jesus, pour into that. That is where it started... with the idea of Jesus being the well versus other things.î

Come to the Well is filled with songs that both challenge and encourage believers in their walk. Kick-off single ìCourageousî contains a powerful lyric that exhorts men to lead bold, uncompromising lives for the Lord, while ìJesus, Friend of Sinnersî admonishes the church to show compassion. ìAlready Thereî is a potent treatise on Godís faithfulness and ìMy Own Worst Enemyî cautions Christians about falling back into past behavior. Hall collaborated on several of the tracks with top songwriters including Steven Curtis Chapman, Matthew West and award-winning country songwriter Tom Douglas.

While the record will be introduced to fans through the radio single, ìCourageous,î -- vying for adds at Christian AC and CHR beginning Aug. 12 -- ìCourageousî will also be showcased in the upcoming Sherwood Pictures film Courageous (in theaters Sept. 30). The ìCourageousî music video recently premiered on GodTube and received more than 100,000 views within the first 24 hours of its premiere. ìCourageousî continues to air on national video outlets including Gospel Music Channel.

In addition to supporting ìCourageousî with a 40-station radio promotional tour, Casting Crowns will debut the song live on the road this fall. The 40-city ìCome to the Wellî tour launches Sept. 22 in El Paso, Texas and will feature premier modern rock bands Sanctus Real and The Afters as well as Christian music newcomer Lindsay McCaul. For a complete list of tour dates, visit:

Casting Crowns heads into this latest season backed by the momentum of its first RIAA certified Gold single, ìWho Am I,î from the groupís 2003 self-titled debut. The song, selling more than 500,000 copies, is one of only 12 Christian tracks ever to secure Gold status. The title is included among those by fellow Provident Label Group artists Brandon Heath and Bob Carlisle, as well as other top performers MercyMe, Skillet, Relient K, Switchfoot and Chris Tomlin.

All of Atlanta-based Casting Crownsí projects are RIAA certified, with a tally of three RIAA Platinum Albums, two RIAA Platinum DVDs, two RIAA Gold Albums and a Gold DVD, holding position as Billboardís top-selling act in Christian music since 2007. 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, lead singer/songwriter Mark Hall is the student pastor at Eagleís Landing First Baptist Church in Atlanta. As a testament to the bandís impact, 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.

For more information on Casting Crowns and Come to the Well, visit: or follow Mark Hallís Twitter at

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