Casting Crowns debuts #1 with single "If We Are the Body"

( [email protected] ) Nov 10, 2003 11:13 AM EST

Casting Crowns’ debut single “If We Are the Body” tops at #1 on the Christian SoundScan sales chart. Being out only 15 weeks, the first radio single also claimed the #1 spot on the Radio & Records Christian AC chart and climbed to #5 on the same publications CHR chart.

Casting Crowns also made a splash with “If We Are the Body” as they become the first artist to #1 debut in over two years. Rick Welke, Christian Radio advisor for R&R comments, “It’s truly an historical achievement to see Casting Crowns vault to the top of the Christian AC chart. Debut artists barely make a dent in the top 10 normally, so you can realize the distinctive accomplishment that Mark and the gang have attained. Christian music has found another artist that connects hardcore with its target audience.”

“I’m thrilled to hear that Casting Crowns is the first artist in such a long time to go #1 with its debut single,” comments Norman Miller, Proper Management. “What’s even more thrilling is that when we called Mark Hall to tell him the news, his whole conversation centered around reaching the young people of our country with the Good News.”

“Since ‘If We Are the Body’ began playing on radio stations across the country, we have received countless emails about what God is doing in the life of the church,” says Mark Hall, Casting Crowns lead singer. “We’re told the song is being used in youth group dramas, special music and sermons. Casting Crowns isn’t saying anything new, we’re simply pouring water on seeds that pastors, missionaries, and Sunday School teachers have already planted. We, as music artists, are just a small part of what God is already doing in the local church and we’re honored to be a part of it.”