The Grammy-winning group Casting Crowns will celebrate their 20th anniversary this fall with new album Lifesongs: A Celebration of the First 20 Years. Ahead of the release, they have unveiled two tracks: “All Because of Mercy” and a reimagined version of “East to West,” which features Ben Fuller.
The milestone collection will include 21 songs and 21 guest artists who have taken Casting Crowns songs and re-recorded them in their own way. The album will feature chart-toppers “Voice of Truth,” “Nobody,” “Praise You In This Storm” and “Who Am I” as well as songs re-recorded by the group themselves. Casting Crowns will reveal all of the guest artists and songs via their social media accounts in the coming weeks.
“It is crazy to even think about the last 20 years. In 2003, we were just the youth band from our church in Atlanta,” shares lead singer-songwriter Mark Hall. “I still remember the world taking a chance on our song, ‘If We Are the Body,’ and how we soon learned that the church can handle the truth when it is spoken in love. And that is what we’ve been doing ever since—ministry in our churches and speaking truth in love. We can’t wait for everyone to hear the band and fan favorites reimagined with some of our friends on this new album.”
The track “All Because of Mercy” is their next radio single, and follows the long history of 15 No. 1s on Christian radio. The message of the song falls in line with the band’s purpose of speaking the truth in love to the church.
“The message of ‘All Because of Mercy’ is really simple. The only reason I belong to the Father, the only reason I can pray, the only reason I can rest and have peace is because of what God has done and the finished work of Jesus,” adds Hall. “When I’ve been reminded that the reason I belong to God is because of what He did through Jesus, I can come to Him in any condition and in any situation. It is all because of Jesus and all because of His mercy.”
Casting Crowns will also hit the road on the “Casting Crowns’ 20th Anniversary Tour: A Live Symphony Experience,” which kicks off Sept. 28 in Albany, New York. A live orchestra will accompany the band on the 20-city journey. For more information, click here.
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