Casting Crowns

Casting Crowns

I Am They

Sunday 3.18

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$19.95 - $65.95

Casting Crowns
Casting Crowns
Having served as a full-time youth pastor for over 25 years, Casting Crowns’ front man, Mark Hall,
continues to draw inspiration from the well of real life. “Because we have the honor of walking with
people in our churches, we get to see what people are going through – the issues that are impacting
everyone now,” shares Hall. “It’s in these situations that ideas are born for what we all need to hear
right here and right now.” The local church has been the base for Casting Crowns’ music since their
label debut release in 2003. With more than nine millions records sold and the title of Billboard’s topselling
act in Christian music since 2007, it’s still where the music is created. Hall and his bandmates
– Juan and Melodee DeVevo, Megan Garrett, Brian Scoggin, Josh Mix and Chris Huffman –
continue to work in ministry in their respective churches. The local church is the heartbeat of the
band and the songs are an outpouring of that. The Very Next Thing, Casting Crowns’ latest offering,
is a collection of intimate songs as well as upbeat, fresh sounding tracks with impactful lyrics
centered around identifying and acting on what’s right next to you.
“I think we all believe the gospel,” says Mark Hall, “we all want it, we’re just not sure what we’re
supposed to do next. We’ve got this idea of an awesome walk with Jesus out there somewhere, and
we’re looking for the bridge to get over to it. Serving God isn’t this giant dream a year from now. It’s
not this thing He’s going to have you do in a month. It’s right now. Following God is the next word
of love that I need to speak to somebody, the very next heart that needs to be encouraged. Ministry
isn’t on Sunday; it’s not on a stage. It’s you, where you are, doing the next thing God tells you to do.”
Along with this over-arching message, there’s also a deeply personal element to the record. Hall
wrote the poignant and powerful “Oh My Soul” after being diagnosed with cancer in 2015. His first
worry was about his family and he turned to the scripture in Psalms – Why so downcast oh my soul,
put your hope in God.
“I remember this scripture from David – it was just repeating in my head over and over,” Hall says.
“The song “Oh My Soul” is really an argument with myself. I’m speaking truth to myself. The roots
of my faith are talking to the storm in my life. For me, one of the most special moments in the song is
the bridge because you hear the argument happening. I really wanted to paint the picture of that inner
struggle that we’re all dealing with. We know what the verses say and we know how the storm feels.
It’s hard to bring those together. But one thing about digging deep in the word is that when your roots
are deep, they can’t be ignored. Even when the storm comes, and as shaken as I was, it felt like the
storm kept just slamming up against something solid inside of me that wouldn’t let it control me. It
was the roots of my faith. It was the truth that I had been soaking in and pouring into others for so
many years. I got to speak scripture to myself.”
Casting Crowns has produced some of the most compelling songs of his generation. Songs like
“Voice of Truth,” “East to West,” “Lifesong,” “Until the Whole World Hears,” “Courageous” and
“Thrive.” On The Very Next Thing, the band continues to encourage and inspire believers with
songs that help strengthen their relationship with God.
“You can follow God from right where you are,” Hall says of the new album’s central theme. “In the
condition you are in right now, you can follow Him and He will make you His.”
I Am They
I Am They
I AM THEY made its national debut in January 2015 with their self-titled album on Essential Records. The band’s five-piece, pop-acoustic-worship sound is anchored by three-part vocal harmonies. The group, made up of Abbie Parker (vocals/harmonium), Jon McConnell (vocals/guitar/keys), Matt Hein (vocals/guitar/mandolin), Justin Shinn (keys/banjo) and Sara Palmer (drums) represent I AM THEY – inspired by John 17. “In that chapter,” shares Sara Palmer, “Jesus is praying for his disciples and refers to them as ‘they.’ He’s praying and saying things like, ‘Sanctify them. Make them holy. They are not of the world because I am not of the world.’ He’s really interceding for his disciples. We are disciples of Christ and being disciples is just as important today as it was back then. We’re still here for the same purpose on the same mission with the same calling, bringing people to the Lord and spreading the news of the Gospel to people. We really wanted to incorporate that into our mission as a band, saying that anybody who is a believer in Christ is a ‘They.’ They are a disciple as well so we can stand together in that and really bring people into the ‘ I AM THEY’ family because we are all family in Christ.”

The band’s new single “Crown Him” is a song of surrender. “Sometimes we lose sight of the eternal purposes our lives carry,” shares Jon McConnell, lead vocalist on the song. “We can get so worried about our own agendas and building a kingdom for ourselves that we forget that it’s really not about us or our kingdoms at all.” Matthew 6:33 says, ‘But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.’ Jesus wants us to come to Him before anything; to surrender and make Him king of our lives and He will always have our back. As people hear this song, we pray that they would be reminded that whatever it is we pour our lives into, it is meant to magnify and glorify God and crown Him as king over everything; our struggles, our burdens, our victories – even the songs we sing. May we live daily in His victory and for His glory.
Venue Information:
Crystal Grand
430 W Munroe Ave
Wisconsin Dells, WI, 53965