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Posted November 20, 2011

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Group Wins ìFavorite Artistî in Contemporary Inspirational Category

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Nov. 20, 2011-- Platinum-selling, five-time Gospel Music Association Group of the Year, Casting Crowns adds another honor to its list of accolades with a 2011 American Music Award. The band won for ìFavorite Artistî in the Contemporary Inspirational category, announced tonight during a live broadcast of the 39th annual AMAs on ABC.

Casting Crownsí second win, from six career AMA nominations, the group shared the category with other A-list Christian artists tobyMac and Third Day. For the fifth year, winners were determined by online voting. Fans voted in the categories of Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Latin, and Contemporary Inspirational. For a complete list of tonightís winners, visit:

The win comes on the heels of Casting Crownsí first new studio album in two years. Come to the Well, released Oct. 18, 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. The project is filled with songs that both challenge and encourage believers in their walk. Hall collaborated on several of the tracks with top songwriters including Steven Curtis Chapman, Matthew West and award-winning country songwriter Tom Douglas.

The week of its release, Come to the Well sold 99,138 copies, making it the highest debut on Billboardís Top 200 at No. 2. The album additionally topped the Billboard Contemporary Christian Overall chart, while also claiming No. 1 on the iTunes Christian Albums chart and No. 3 on its Overall Albums chart. Lead radio single ìCourageousî landed at No. 1 on the iTunes Christian Songs chart and peaked at a No. 1 on the Billboard National Christian Audience chart in just 10 weeks.

The band is currently touring new music from Come to the Well on a fall tour visiting 40 cities through early December. For a complete list of tour dates, visit:

About Casting Crowns:
All of Casting Crownsí projects are RIAA certified, with a tally of three RIAA Platinum Albums, two RIAA Platinum DVDs, two RIAA Gold Albums, two Gold DVDs and two Gold digital singles, holding position as Billboardís top-selling act in Christian music since 2007. The group also claims two American Music Awards, with six total nominations, three GRAMMY Awards, and 14 GMA Dove Awards.

Despite an unprecedented eight-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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