By Denton Josey, Student Reporter
Casting Crowns, a platinum-selling Atlanta-based Christian band, is scheduled to perform in Moody Coliseum.
The seven-piece band will play at 7 p.m. April 24.
The tour, entitled The Lifesong Tour, is named after Casting Crowns’ recently released album, which has been highly successful in the Christian market.
The fall leg of the tour will visit 38 cities between Sept. 29 and Dec. 4 before it resumes again in the spring.
Lifesong is a follow up to Casting Crowns’ self-titled debut CD that sold more than a million copies and featured the hit single, “If We Are The Body.” The band also won seven Dove Awards, Gospel music’s most prestigious awards, in 2005.
As a part of Casting Crowns’ Lifesong Tour, fellow Christian musicians Nichole Nordeman and Josh Bates will open.
Nichole Nordeman is an eight-time Dove Award winner from Dallas, and Josh Bates is a new artist from Kentucky. His debut album is titled “Perfect Day.”
Also featured will be inspirational speaker Tony Nolan.
Billy Smith, senior marketing major from San Antonio and Campus Activities student intern, said the Campus Activities Board brought in the “Imagine Tour” with MercyMe, Amy Grant, and Bebo Norman in the spring of 2004, and last spring brought in Shane and Shane.
The decision to bring in Casting Crowns was based on the band’s reputation for being popular with many crowds.
“Casting Crowns’ new single “Lifesong” has been on Billboard’s hot Christian singles chart for 16 weeks,” Smith said in an e-mail. “Their first CD went platinum, and since the release of their first CD, has been a favorite of all ages.”
Smith also said that there is a “very high possibility of a sell-out.”
Laura Gronberg, sophomore English major from Overland Park, Kan., is a fan of Casting Crowns.
“I like to listen to them, so that I can relax and have a little praise music at the same time,” Gronberg said.
Gronberg plans to attend the concert in April.
“That’s awesome,” Gronberg said. “I will definitely hit that up.”
Casting Crowns is lead by Mark Hall, who was a youth minister for 12 years before Casting Crowns was signed to Reunion Records in 2003.
Tickets are not yet being sold, but will be available at www.itickets.com/events/131165.html.
Admission for students or groups of 10 or more is $14.50. Upper General Admission seating is $19.50, Lower General Admission is $27.50, and Artist Circle tickets are $40.