McDonough-based Casting Crowns—made up of Mark Hall, Megan Garrett, Melodee DeVevo, Chris Huffman, Juan DeVevo, Josh Mix and Brian Scoggi—is one of the most successful recording and touring pop/rock acts ever in Christian music. Frontman and principal songwriter Mark Hall founded the group as a student worship band in Daytona Beach in 1999, but relocated it to Eagles Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough in 2001, where he serves as a youth pastor and several of the band members work as well. When Casting Crowns' latest album, Thrive, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart in early 2014, the influential music trade magazine titled a feature story, "The Ministry of Rock: How Casting Crowns Became the Biggest Band in Christian Music without Giving Up Their Day Jobs - in Church."
Although the band had independently released two regional albums, it was not until Mark Miller, lead singer of Sawyer Brown, signed Casting Crowns to his upstart Beach Street Records that the band's ascenion to the top of the charts began. In 2003, the third single, "Voice of Truth," from the group's self-titled debut spent a record-breaking 14 consecutive weeks at the No. 1 spot, helping sell over 1 million copies of the album. The follow-up album, Lifesong, topped the Christian Albums chart for two weeks, generated additional No. 1 singles, including "Lifesong," "Praise You in this Storm" and "Does Anybody Hear Her?" and earned Casting Crowns its first GRAMMY Award. In 2007, The Altar and the Door debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and spent 13 weeks as the #1 Christian album. The single “East to West” broke the band’s own record by spending 19 consecutive weeks on the top of the charts, while a subsequent single, “Slow Fade,” was included in the soundtrack of Kirk Cameron’s movie "Fireproof."
In 2009, the fourth major studio album, Until the Whole World Hears, continued the hit-making trajectory by spending 18 weeks at #1, yielding more #1 singles and earning gold certification within the first four weeks of release. Though this may be beginning to sound like a broken record, Come to the Well spent 14 weeks on the top of the album chart in 2011. All in all, the band has sold more than 5 million records and in addition to the GRAMMY, won 17 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. And on Sunday mornings, despite the fact that Casting Crowns might have been headlining a tour across the country the previous three days, you'll find members of the band performing the contemporary worship services in their Eagles Landing First Baptist Church home.