The resulting album, Casting Crowns, was released in 2003 on the Beach Street
imprint. It fared extremely well in Christian markets, eventually going platinum and peaking at number two on the CCM charts. A sampler with five songs, Live from Atlanta, was released on Reunion Records
in 2004, packaged with a bonus DVD containing band interviews and a music video. Lifesong, released in August 2005, became the band's most successful record yet, cracking the Top Ten in the secular market while maintaining the band's religious fan base as well. Like its predecessor, the record went platinum, and Casting Crowns' increased popularity helped send their follow-up album, 2007's The Altar and the Door, to number two on the Billboard album chart. Meanwhile, the single "East to West" spent a record-breaking 16 consecutive weeks atop the Christian chart. A Christmas-themed album, Peace on Earth, appeared in 2008, tiding over the group's fans (and yielding a number one hit, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day") while Casting Crowns readied another LP of original material. Until the Whole World Sings arrived late in 2009, followed by the live album Until the Whole World Hears in 2010.
Inspired by the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well, Come to the Well, the band's fifth studio album, was released on October 18, 2011. The following year, guitarist Josh Mix replaced Cervantes, and in early 2013 the band issued The Acoustic Sessions, Vol. 1. The Top Ten album Thrive came a year later. In 2015, they released a compilation of singles, hymn covers, and alternate acoustic versions called Glorious Day: Hymns of Faith, as well as A Live Worship Experience, which was recorded that summer at Eagle's Landing Baptist Church, where Hall worked as a youth pastor. September 2016 saw the release of The Very Next Thing, Casting Crowns' studio follow-up to the chart-topping Thrive. For their next release, the veteran band offered the holiday-themed EP, It's Finally Christmas, in late 2017. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi