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Posted April 27, 2012

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Christian Musicís Best-Selling Artist Garners Nods In
Top Christian Artist, Top Christian Song and Top Christian Album Categories

(Nashville, Tenn.) April 27, 2012óHighly decorated, best-selling Christian music artist Casting Crowns adds to its long list of accolades with four 2012 Billboard Music Award Nominations. The band received recognition this year in the categories of Top Christian Artist, Top Christian Song and Top Christian Album.

Its first career Billboard Music Award nominations, Casting Crowns was honored across the board in all Christian music fields. The band joins other powerhouses MercyMe, Skillet, Laura Story and Chris Tomlin for Top Christian Artist, while its song ìGlorious Day (Living He Loved Me),î competes with radio mainstays including Matthew Westís ìStrong Enough,î and Laura Storyís ìBlessingsî for Top Christian Song. Casting Crowns claims two of the five nominated projects in the Top Christian Album category with Come To The Well and Until The Whole World Hears.

The awards will reflect Billboardís chart rankings based on key fan interactions with music, including album sales and downloads, track downloads, radio airplay and touring as well as streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Vevo, YouTube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music.

These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound. The awards will be based on the reporting period of March 1, 2011 through February 29, 2012. Top artists will be recognized in a variety of genres, including R&B, Rap, Pop, Country, Rock, Latin and Alternative. For a complete list of this yearís nominees, visit:

ìThe 2012 Billboard Music Awardsî will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Music fans can also follow news about the show and related events on Twitter at @Billboard or on

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 three 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.

Casting Crownsí seven band members all remain active in student ministry in the Atlanta area and tour according to their local church commitments. Serving his 18th year in youth ministry, lead singer/songwriter Mark Hall maintains his role as 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; the band continues to forge invaluable relationships with the people in the D.P.R.K. (Democratic Peopleís Republic of Korea).

Casting Crowns is currently on the 44-city Spring leg of its ìCome to the Wellî tour, which has (across the 40-city Fall leg and current Spring dates combined) seen 39 arena sellouts with more than 350,000 in attendance and generated more than 13,000 child sponsorships through its partnership with Christian humanitarian organization, World Vision.

For more information on Casting Crowns visit: , , or follow Mark Hallís Twitter at

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