Third Day ends 2002 with a string of successes in the areas of album sales, record-breaking tours, national media exposure, and philanthropy through humanitarian outlets including World Vision and Habitat for Humanity.
Promoters, who consistently rave about Third Day’s live performance, saw major successes with two blockbuster tours headlined by Third Day this year. “If there was an award given out for the 'Touring Artist of the Year' in Christian Music, I'm sure Third Day would win it hands down for 2002,” notes Roy Morgan, Premier Productions. “Through strategic planning, the Third Day team has taken the band’s career to new heights and should be commended.”
Mike Scanland of Jam Productions adds, “After a very busy spring of many concert tours, and as an 18-year veteran producer of concerts, working with Third Day both in terms of their ticket sales and their attitude was a tremendous bright spot of this season. The patrons got more than just a great concert; they got a great worship experience. Well done, Third Day!”
The Come Together Tour raised both financial support and awareness through its partnership with ecumenical ministry, Habitat for Humanity. Through the spring and fall tour segments, over $230,000 was raised for the non-profit organization. “Third Day and their great fans are an incredible blessing to the ministry of Habitat for Humanity,” says Millard Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International Founder and President. “To date, this wonderful partnership has committed to build eight Habitat houses across the United States and overseas, and the partnership continues. We are profoundly grateful for this generosity and heartfelt support.”
“I have been Third Day’s agent for a long time,” states Jeff Gregg, booking agent with the Creative Artist Agency (CAA). “This is the best year they have ever experienced artistically, business-wise, and spiritually. The guys are united and transparent, and I think their fans feel that and want to come out and experience it again and again.”
This sentiment is echoed within Third Day’s management team as well. Jonathan Thomas, director of events and promotion for Creative Trust, says, “It has been an amazing year of synergy and strong, collaborative team efforts from Third Day, CAA, concert promoters, Essential, Provident and from the team here at Creative Trust. Team Third Day strives to make the best of every moment and the band continues to strongly lead that charge. We are thankful for all the momentum they are experiencing.”
“Third Day had an amazing year in 2002 and I was very glad to be apart of it,” states Mike Clark of New Covenant Productions. “To see the crowds come out for the guys this year and the strong level of worship we saw at each show was wonderful. Certainly, all the hard work and touring that these guys have done over the years paid off this year. Third Day’s band and production crew help me, as a promoter, remember why I do this and I enjoy being with them on the road.”
In addition to the Come Together Tour, Third Day and Michael W. Smith partnered for the Come Together & Worship Tour. Ministry partners World Vision and Compassion International jointly reported more than 5,000 child sponsorships generated through presentations made during the tour.
Darin Lashinsky of Outback Concerts says, “The Come Together Tour and Come Together & Worship Tour were the highlights of our year. Third Day and its entire organization are at the top of their game. We are looking forward to another successful 2003 with them.”