Prolific CCM band Casting Crowns has achieved sales milestones including one RIAA 2x multi-Platinum album, four RIAA Platinum albums, two RIAA Platinum DVDs, seven RIAA Gold albums, four Gold DVDs, one RIAA Platinum certified single and five RIAA Gold certified digital singles. The band currently holds the position as Billboard’s top-selling act in Christian music since 2007. Casting Crowns has also been honored with four American Music Awards (out of seven total nominations), a GRAMMY Award for its 2005 album Lifesong, and six GRAMMY nominations. In addition, the group has garnered 17 GMA Dove Awards and two Billboard Music Awards from 11 total Billboard Music Award nominations. Casting Crowns’ seven band members all remain active in student ministry in the Atlanta area and tour according to their local church commitments. Serving his 25 plus years in youth ministry, lead singer/songwriter Mark Hall maintains his role as the student pastor at Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in Atlanta.
ABOUT DANNY GOKEY: Six-time Dove Award Nominee and BMG recording artist Danny Gokey now claims the recent honor of being named Male Artist of the Year at the 2016 K-LOVE Fan Awards, where he also took home the award for Breakout Single for his current #1 hit “Tell Your Heart To Beat Again.” Gokey became a favorite of millions of fans as a Top 3 finalist on Season 8 of “American Idol,” which propelled his career and earned him three chart-topping albums (My Best Days, Hope In Front of Me and Christmas Is Here) and a Barnes & Noble Top 5 autobiography (Hope In Front of Me). Gokey’s “American Idol” success also helped provide a platform for him to launch Sophia’s Heart, an organization founded to carry on the legacy of giving started by his late wife, who passed away during a routine heart surgery in 2008. Now remarried, Gokey and his wife Leyicet have a beautiful son and daughter, Daniel Emanuel (age 4) and Victoria Isabella (18 months). For more information, visit www.DannyGokey.com.
ABOUT UNSPOKEN: Unspoken released their new album, Follow Through, in Aug. 2016 and the project debuted at No. 7 on Billboard’s Christian Albums chart, the highest debut of the band’s career. The first single from the record, “Higher,” has already reached Top 20 on Billboard’s National Audience chart and is still rapidly climbing. Unspoken’s previous self-titled album released in 2014 and included the band’s first No. 1 song at AC Christian radio, “Start A Fire,” as well as “Call It Grace,” the group’s first K-LOVE Fan Awards nomination for Breakout Single of the Year. For more information, please visit UnspokenMusic.com.
ABOUT COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL: Compassion International is the world’s leading authority in holistic child development through sponsorship. It is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by working exclusively with the Church to release children from poverty so that they may become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. Compassion partners with more than 6,800 Christian churches in 26 countries to release over 1.7 million babies, children and young adults from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion has been awarded the highest rating for financial stewardship and transparency for 14 consecutive years by Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator. For more information on the ministry, visit compassion.com or follow them on twitter at @compassion.
ABOUT MUSEUM OF THE BIBLE: In 2017, the museum will open its 430,000-square-foot nonprofit museum just two blocks from the National Mall. This museum will showcase an unparalleled collection of antiquities representing 3,000 years of history and provide visitors with an immersive and personalized experience to deepen their understanding of the historical magnitude of the Bible and its impact on the world around us. As of 2015, the museum’s traveling exhibits have visited six U.S. cities and four other countries including Vatican City, Jerusalem, Israel and Havana, Cuba. New exhibits and locations are continually being planned. The museum also supports research and education through the Museum of the Bible Scholars Initiative, the development of a Bible curriculum for students around the globe, and other programs such as archaeological digs and educational travel opportunities for both students and adults.
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