Featured Artist: David Crowder Band

Oct 01 2009

"We perceive music as a means of empathizing with one another and enunciating something common among us in our experiences of life and faith. Our band's latest musical offering is for us the next available step in this journey; musically, lyrically, and thematically it is the sound of one foot coming down firmly in the present while the other simultaneously rises, exiting the space previously occupied, throwing our weight in a forward direction of momentum and consequence toward whatever lies ahead." David Crowder

David Crowder Band (marketed as David Crowder*Band) is a 6-piece Christian electronic rock and worship band from Waco, Texas. The band began when David Crowder from Texarkana, Texas, realized that almost half of the students at Baylor University were not attending church, which he found surprising since it is a Christian university. He and Chris Seay started University Baptist Church (Waco, Texas) in 1995 while he was still a student. Crowder led worship there and continued to do so throughout the year. The church's congregation grew, as did the band's lineup.

Crowder began writing songs to incorporate into the worship times at the church and eventually the church released an independent CD, Pour Over Me, followed by All I Can Say in 1999. These CDs brought the band to a wider audience and invitations to festivals and events followed. The band was signed to sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records and has released six more albums to date. The band have won many awards over the years, but winning Worship Album of the Year 2008 for Remedy is counted as one the bands biggest successes.

When David first started writing music, he mainly focused on lyrics that discussed the difficult things he was going through. At that time there were not many congregational worship songs that did that so he struck a chord with many people. Today, David says that he writes many of his songs while riding in the car in the country with his wife. Even though his audience has changed, though, David always writes his songs with his University Baptist Church congregation in mind.

Although the David Crowder Band is comprised of six different individuals, they have all committed themselves to work together in an effort to give hope to those who have left the church, as well as those who have come back. They feel very blessed by the work God has done in their lives and look forward to what He has planned for them in the future.

The new album from David Crowder Band 'Church Music' has just been released in the US, and is released in the UK this month. The new project has been in development for many months, and the results will be premiered to crowds across the US in a thirty-two-date tour in October and November. Described as "arguably their most innovative effort to date. Packed full with 17 tracks, the band hopes this album serves as a reminder of the continual evolvement of music within the Church." As evidence of the band's huge popularity, the phrase #ChurchMusic even managed to get into the top 3 trending topics on Twitter on the day the album was released! 'Church Music' also spent week one at #3 on the iTunes album chart, sitting between major mainstream acts Pearl Jam and Jay-Z.

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