- 10:57 AM, Apr 29
Christian rock group Casting Crowns were formed in 1999 by youth pastor Mark Hall at First Baptist Church in Downtown Daytona Beach, Florida. "I've been a youth pastor for about 12 years, and every church I've been in, music's always been a part of it", Hall said. He fronted the group as a singer and songwriter, recruiting guitarists Juan DeVevo and Hector Cervantes and violinist Melodee DeVevo. They later moved to Stockbridge, Georgia in 2001 only to gain more members.
Chris Huffman joined the lots on bass, Megan Garrett on keyboards and accordion, and Andy Williams. On drums. Together, they released two indie albums which were well-received locally in Atlanta. They thought of going more nationwide but decided to continue what they had been doing. And then came college student in Daytona named Chase Tremont who handed their CD to his basketball coach, who happened to be friends with Mark Miller of Sawyer Brown.