Multi-platinum selling, GRAMMY, AMA and 2010 Dove Award-winning Artist of the Year Casting Crowns will extend its massive Come To The Well tour into the spring by adding an additional 44 dates across the U.S., this time featuring special guests, singer/songwriter Matthew West, pop-rockers Royal Tailor (both GRAMMY-nominated) and Christian music newcomer Lindsay McCaul who was also on the 2011 fall tour lineup. Following a hugely successful fall run, which included a string of more than15 sell-out performances, playing before more than 155,000 people, the spring leg of the Come To The Well tour kicks off Feb. 9, in Florence, S.C. Among its scheduled 44 shows, the tour will hit arenas in major markets like Grand Rapids, Orlando, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Birmingham, Oklahoma City, Minneapolis, Houston and many more.
The tour takes its name from the Casting Crowns newest studio project, Come To The Well, (released October 18, its first new studio album in two years), featuring the hit single Courageous, which was showcased in the recent Sherwood Pictures film by the same title. The project is filled with songs that both challenge and encourage believers in their walk, including, Just Another Birthday which goes for radio adds today. Frontman Mark 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 Billboards 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 Courageous 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. In addition, the band celebrated its second career American Music Award win, from six career AMA nominations, on Nov. 20.
The Come To The Well tour is partnering with Christian humanitarian organization World Vision ( www.worldvision.org). World Vision provides assistance to approximately 100 million people in nearly 100 countries by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Casting Crowns has helped to generate a total of 52,000 child sponsorships for World Vision to date.
About Casting Crowns:
All of Casting Crowns 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 Billboards 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 Eagles Landing First Baptist Church in Atlanta. As a testament to the bands 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: www.castingcrowns.com or follow Mark Halls Twitter at twitter.com/markhallCC.
About Matthew West
Lauded by The New York Times as a vivid and compelling songwriter with impressive approaches to the familiar, two-time GRAMMY nominee Matthew Wests discography includes acclaimed releases Happy (2003), History (2005) and Something to Say (2008). His latest studio album, The Story of Your Life, was inspired by 10,000 stories from every state in the U.S. and 20 countries. The album released on October 5, 2010, and garnered attention from CNN Online, FOX News, Billboard Magazine, Country Weekly, American Songwriter and more. The Story of Your Life gave West the largest street-week debut of his career, selling over 10,000 units the first week, landing at No. 3 on Christian Soundscan, and No. 41 on the Billboard Top 200. In conjunction with Harvest House Publishers, West teamed up with bestselling author Angela Thomas for The Story of Your Life book. The Heart of Christmas marks Wests first full-length Christmas project which also boasts the top 15 mainstream AC radio hit The Heart of Christmas. A multiple ASCAP Song of the Year winner, West has had four No. 1 radio hits including his latest GRAMMY-nominated tune Strong Enough. His songwriting credits include Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Diamond Rio and more. For more information, visit www.MatthewWest.com.
CASTING CROWNS COME TO THE WELL SPRING TOUR 2012
*Dates, markets and venues subject to change without notice
2/9 (Thursday) – Florence, S.C. – Florence Civic Center
2/10 (Friday) – Virginia Beach, Va. – Rock Church
2/11 (Saturday) – Woodbridge, Va. – Hylton Memorial Chapel
2/16 (Thursday) – Grand Rapids, Mich. – Van Andel Arena
2/17 (Friday) – Troy, Ohio – Hobart Arena
2/18 (Saturday) – Lynchburg, Va. – Vines Center Liberty University
2/23 (Thursday) – Coral Gables, Fla. – BankUnited Center
2/24 (Friday) – Orlando, Fla. – UCF Arena
2/25 (Saturday) – Tallahassee, Fla. – Leon County Civic Center
2/26 (Sunday) – Pensacola, Fla. – Pensacola Civic Center
3/1 (Thursday) – Ft. Wayne, Ind. – Memorial Coliseum
3/2 (Friday) – Brookfield, Wis. – Elmbrook Church
3/3 (Saturday) – Toledo, Ohio – Huntington Center
3/8 (Thursday) – Johnson City, Tenn. – Freedom Hall
3/9 (Friday) – Raleigh, N.C. – RBC Center
3/10 (Saturday) – Charlotte, N.C. – Bojangles Coliseum
3/11 (Sunday) – Greenville, S.C. – Bi-Lo Center
3/15 (Thursday) – Lowell, Mass. – Lowell Memorial Auditorium
3/16 (Friday) – Newark, N.J. – Prudential Center
3/17 (Saturday) – Getzville, N.Y. – The Chapel at Crosspoint
3/18 (Sunday) – Baltimore, Md. – 1st Mariner Arena
3/22 (Thursday) – Independence, Mo. – Independence Event Center
3/23 (Friday) – Moline, Ill. – iWireless Center
3/24 (Saturday) – St. Charles, Md. – Family Arena
3/29 (Thursday) – Philadelphia, Pa. – The Liacouras Center
3/30 (Friday) – Hershey, Pa. – Giant Center
3/31 (Saturday) – Pittsburgh, Pa. – Console Energy Center
4/5 (Thursday) – Bowling Green, Ky. – E.A. Diddle Arena
4/6 (Friday) – Chattanooga, Tenn. – UTC MacKenzie Arena
4/7 (Saturday) – Birmingham, Ala. – BJCC Arena
4/12 (Thursday) – Austin, Texas – Shoreline Church
4/13 (Friday) – Odessa, Texas – Ector County Coliseum
4/14 (Saturday) – Oklahoma City, Okla. – State Fair Arena (Private)
4/19 (Thursday) – Cedar Falls, Iowa – McLeod Center
4/20 (Friday) – Sioux Falls, S.D. – Sioux Falls Arena
4/21 (Saturday) – Minneapolis, Minn. – Target Center
4/22 (Sunday) – Fargo, N.D. – Fargo Dome
4/24 (Tuesday) – Springfield, Mo. – JQH Arena
4/26 (Thursday) – Louisville, Ky. – Broadbent Arena
4/27 (Friday) – Woodstock, Ga. – First Baptist Church
4/28 (Saturday) – Charleston, W.V. – Charleston Civic Center
5/3 (Thursday) – Tulsa, Okla. – Spirit Bank Event Center
5/4 (Friday) – Lubbock, Texas – United Spirit Arena
5/5 (Saturday) – The Woodlands, Texas – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion