2006 MSN Artist of the Year David Crowder Band tops the Christian retail charts this week, selling 32, 259 units of its fourth studio project, REMEDY. Debuting at No. 1 on SoundScan’s Current Contemporary Christian Overall chart, No. 22 on The Billboard 200, and peaking at No. 4 on iTunes Top 100 Albums chart, REMEDY is David Crowder Band’s highest debut to date, with critics calling it the group’s best album yet.
Two years after releasing the genre-bending, tour de force A Collision, sixstepsrecords’ David Crowder Band rewarded patient fans last week with REMEDY. Setting a career best for first week album sales, REMEDY also ranked No. 7 on SoundScan’s Digital Albums chart, marking EMI Christian Music Group’s highest digital debut ever. Additionally, four of the Top 10 most downloaded realtones, according to RingToneJukeBox.com, are from songs featured on REMEDY, including current radio single “Everything Glorious,” “The Glory of It All,” “Can You Feel It,” and “…neverending….”
“We are so excited about the latest David Crowder*Band project, Remedy, music that once again reshapes what expressions of worship can and should be,” says sixstepsrecords founder Louie Giglio. “Classic Crowder, Remedy is inventive and fresh, with all the colors and textures Crowder listeners have come to expect. But, Remedy is much more than a collection of songs. It is a call to action, engaging every one of us for a purpose so much greater than ourselves. All of us at sixsteps/EMI CMG are thrilled to get behind both Remedy’s music and mission as God uses this project to marshall change in a world He is eager to restore.”
“Experiencing the type of growth that we’ve witnessed in David Crowder*Band’s brand awareness and record sales is very encouraging in today’s market and is a true testament to the authentic relationship they have with their fans,” says EMI CMG Label Group President Peter York. “They continue to meet people where they are, leading them out of their comfort zone into new experiences, musically and in life. We are proud of the band for the record they’ve made and for the challenges they have put forth to us and their fans.”
Encouraging listeners to live out the message of REMEDY, David Crowder Band is launching the “Surely We Can Change Something” campaign on tour this week. The “REMEDY Club Tour” will endeavor to connect fans in each city to multiple opportunities where they can serve their communities. With the assistance of Christian Community Development Association (www.ccda.org) and local shelters, those who attend the show will be given the opportunity to bring with them towels and socks for the homeless, be challenged to develop ethical buying habits, and encouraged to invest energy in serving others in need in their area after the concert.
Further solidifying its unofficial title as Christian music’s most innovative band, David Crowder Band continues to receive high marks for REMEDY:
“…David Crowder Band continues to break the conventions of worship music …[m]ost worship albums offer music as a praise response to glorify our Creator. Remedy is more an engaging pop/rock album designed to spark worship because of who our Creator is. When the music is this good, worship comes naturally.” —ChristianityToday.com
“The David Crowder Band holds a high place in the progression of modern worship music, and the band’s latest album, Remedy, continues that fine tradition. It’s a roller coaster ride of electronica and dance beats, traditional acoustic and electric guitar, and heartfelt ballads …There’s a reason this band is one of the most popular in Christian music.” —Group Magazine
“The David Crowder Band is helping to galvanize modern worship pop-rock music that could go down in a club as well as in a church. And the band’s fourth studio effort takes the next step in that direction.” —Grand Rapids Press
“The group combines electronic programming with acoustic and electric instrumentation, alongside quirky though relatable lyrics, bathed in praise but avoiding cliché. …Remedy…bridg[es] the vertical direction of yesteryear with a progressive new means of presentation in both spiritual content and sound.” —CCM Magazine
“‘The Glory of It All’ concludes with David singing, “We will never be the same,” and I believe him. ‘Can You Feel It?’ insists a scarce-seeming God is really there, and it’s not just the electronic bells and whistles swirling into a rocker that makes me feel it. There’s something more …There is a wonder to the music of Remedy …After all, ‘The whole world’s about to change.’” —HM Magazine
The band’s first studio recording since A Collision in 2005, REMEDY is a continuation of its predecessor, offering ten accessible, pop-centric tracks that dive deep into the theology of worship. Produced by David Crowder Band, the album addresses what it means to be part of the remedy in today’s ailing world, hoping to drive fans toward tangible action. The band will debut music from REMEDY on a 28-city national club tour beginning Oct. 3. The record’s first single “Everything Glorious” claimed the No. 4 position this week on Radio & Records’ AC Monitored chart, No. 3 on its AC Indicator chart as well as No. 18 on CHR. For more information on REMEDY and David Crowder Band, please visit www.remedyiscoming.com or www.davidcrowderband.com.
After the David Crowder Band was voted MSN’s Artist of the Year 2006, MSN noted, “They’ve single-handedly redefined what contemporary Christian music should sound like…” The group’s last record, A Collision, was widely regarded as one of the best albums of 2005, receiving five-star reviews and comparisons to groundbreaking albums of the past and artists such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Hank Williams. The album further garnered an iTunes No. 1, debuted at No. 39 on the Billboard Top 200 and received GMA Music Dove Award honors for Best Rock/Contemporary Album and Best Rock/Contemporary Song (“Here is Our King”). Featured at the enormously popular collegiate Passion gatherings, the band also makes it a point to get back to the church they helped found, University Baptist Church, on most Sundays. Crowder is further an acclaimed author, having penned two books, including his acclaimed, highly personal, Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, But Nobody Wants to Die: Or (The Eschatology of Bluegrass).
Founded in 2000 by Louie Giglio, sixstepsrecords (www.sixstepsrecords.com) is a worship label and a division of Passion Conferences. sixstepsrecords’ artists include Chris Tomlin (See the Morning), David Crowder Band (Remedy), Charlie Hall (Flying Into Daybreak), Matt Redman (Beautiful News), and Passion (The Best of Passion). The label partners with Sparrow Records/EMI CMG Label Group for A&R, marketing, sales and distribution operations.
Author: Mandy Collinger
Date: 08 October 2007