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Multi-Platinum and GRAMMY Award winning artist Casting Crowns is once again tapped as a “Favorite Artist” nominee for the “2007 American Music Awards” in the Contemporary Inspirational Artist category, as announced today during a press conference at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Winners will be announced at the 2007 AMA ceremony, which will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and broadcast live on ABC, Sunday, Nov. 18(8:00-11:00 pm ET/PT) from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles. This is the band’s third consecutive nomination for an AMA.

For the first time in American Music Awards history, and the only music awards show to do so, winners will be determined by fan online voting at ama.abc.com.Voting opens on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 11 am ET and closes Nov. 2 at 3 am ET.

Ben Howard, Sr. VP of Marketing & Sales for Provident Label Group, notes, “We are thrilled the American Music Awards are allowing fans to vote online this year. We anticipate this will mobilize the millions of Casting Crowns fans to champion their favorite band, and ultimately offer another opportunity for the Christian music fan to be heard on a national level.”

The “2007 American Music Awards” presentations ceremony is produced by Dick Clark Productions, Inc. Twenty awards will be given out representing the best of Pop/Rock, Country, Soul/Rhythm & Blues, Rap/Hip Hop, Latin, Alternative, Adult Contemporary and Contemporary Inspirational music.

Casting Crowns has scanned 250,000 units of new album The Altar and The Door in the five weeks since its historical debut at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart. The album's first radio single “East to West” holds at No. 1 at Christian AC radio. The band is currently on tour playing to sold-out crowds on its headlining The Altar and The Door Fall Tour presented by Aquasis. Visit www.castingcrowns.com for tour dates.

During its four-year career, Casting Crowns has been honored with a GRAMMY Award, three American Music Award nods and multiple Gospel Music Dove Awards serving as the industry’s “Group of the Year” for the last three years. Casting Crowns has been the most played artist on all Christian radio formats combined, with seven consecutive No.1 AC radio hits, and the group has sold nearly 3 million albums to date. Earlier this year, Casting Crowns set an RIAA record as the fastest Christian music artist in its career to have its first two albums certified Platinum, and only the second in RIAA history ever to achieve it (the other being Jars of Clay in 2000). Casting Crowns’ lead singer and songwriter is full-time Youth Pastor Mark Hall, who is serving his 16th year as student pastor at Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in Atlanta. All seven band member s remain active in student ministry in the Atlanta-area and tour part-time around their local-church duties.

Beach Street Records, an imprint of Reunion Records, a unit of Provident Label Group, was launched by Mark Miller, founder and frontman of the multi-platinum country music act, Sawyer Brown. SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT’s Provident Music Group is one of the world’s leading Christian music companies. Provident Music Group operates under the umbrella of Sony BMG Nashville

Date: 15 October 2007

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