(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Nov. 20, 2011-- Platinum-selling, five-time Gospel Music Association Group of the Year, Casting Crowns adds another honor to its list of accolades with a 2011 American Music Award. The band won for “Favorite Artist” in the Contemporary Inspirational category, announced during a live broadcast of the 39th annual AMAs on ABC.
Casting Crowns’ second win, from six career AMA nominations, the group shared the category with other A-list Christian artists tobyMac and Third Day. For the fifth year, winners were determined by online voting. Fans voted in the categories of Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Latin, and Contemporary Inspirational. For a complete list of the winners, visit: http://abc.go.com/shows/american-music-awards.
The win comes on the heels of Casting Crowns’ first new studio album in two years. Come to the Well, released Oct. 18, draws inspiration from the band’s ministry efforts at its home church, Eagles Landing Baptist Church outside of Atlanta, where frontman Mark Hall serves as youth pastor. The project is filled with songs that both challenge and encourage believers in their walk. 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 onBillboard’s 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.
The band is currently touring new music from Come to the Well on a fall tour visiting 40 cities through early December.