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  • Songs by Christian rock band Third Day have earned both Grammy and Dove awards.

    Songs by Christian rock band Third Day have earned both Grammy and Dove awards.

Determined to explore “new sonic territory” with its 12th studio album, Third Day headed into the recording studio in 2012 with producer Brendan O’Brien, known for his work with Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Train, at the helm. The collaboration resulted in "Miracle," a solid mix of spirited Southern rockers and ballads powered by thoughtful lyrics exploring themes of faith, love, hope and perseverance. The effort is yet another step forward for the Christian rock band that has earned four Grammys, 24 GMA Dove Awards, one platinum album, four gold albums and induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

Singer Mac Powell, guitarist Mark Lee and keyboardist Billy Wilkins formed the band in Marietta in 1991, later joining forces with bassist Tai Anderson and drummer David Carr. The band financed its first album, "Long Time Forgotten," in 1994, then signed with independent label Grey Dot, who released the album "Third Day." On the strength of that effort, Reunion bought out the Grey Dot contract, signed the band to a multi-album deal and re-released the album "Third Day" nationally in 1996. The single “Nothing at All” peaked at No. 34 on the "Billboard" rock charts, the band embarked on a 65-city tour and earned a "Billboard" Music Award for Best Christian Video for “Consuming Fire.” Third Day’s second album, "Conspiracy No. 5," was nominated for a Grammy and won Dove Awards for Rock Album of the Year and Rock Song of the Year. With each subsequent release and tour, the band has gained an ever-growing fan base, both stateside and internationally.

Though there have been several personnel changes over the years, since 2008, Third Day has existed as a quartet and today Mac Powell, Mark Lee, Tai Anderson and David Carr continue to record, tour and make music for the fanbase that has steadily grown over the last two decades.