Josh Turner, Shinedown, Adele, Casting Crowns
Josh Turner was born Nov. 20, 1977, and was raised in Hannah, S.C. Growing up in the church, he found himself singing the bass and baritone parts in numerous choirs. After high school, he moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music and enrolled in Belmont University. After college, his fledgling career got a boost on Dec. 21, 2001, during his debut on the Grand Ole Opry, when he debuted a song he wrote titled “Long Black Train.” He received a standing ovation in the middle of the song, then sang it again for an encore. One month after his Opry debut, Josh Turner signed to MCA Nashville. He released his debut album, Long Black Train in 2003, and thanks to the hit title track, it was certified platinum (for shipments of a million copies) by the end of 2004. In 2006, Josh Turner released his sophomore album, Your Man, and the title track reached No. 1 on Billboard’s country airplay chart, as did its follow-up, “Would You Go With Me.” The album was certified double platinum. On September 29, 2007, while giving an award to Roy Clark on Clark’s 20th anniversary on the Grand Ole Opry, Josh was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He was inducted by Vince Gill on October 27, 2007.
Shinedown is an American rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 2001 by Brent Smith, Brad Stewart, Jasin Todd, and Barry Kerch. Atlantic Records signed the band in 2002 and they released their debut album, Leave a Whisper in 2003. It peaked at number fifty three on the Billboard 200 and spawned a number of hit singles which include “Fly from the Inside”, “45” and “Simple Man”. Leave a Whisper is Shinedown’s best-selling album and has been certified platinum by the RIAA in the United States. In October of 2005 Shinedown released their sophomore album, Us and Them. The album had three singles, Save Me”, “Heroes” and “I Dare You”. Us and Them has been certified Gold by the RIAA in the United States, even though it is the band’s least successful album to date. Shinedown’s third album, and their latest is titled “The Sound of Madness”. It was released on June 24, 2008. The album’s lead single, “Devour”, was released to radio on May 5, 2008. Every single they have released has climbed into the Top 5 of the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and to date, Shinedown has sold over six million albums worldwide.
Adele is the stage name of Adele Laurie Blue Adkins. She’s a British singer and songwriter that was born on May 5,1988 in Enfield, North London. She graduated from BRIT School in Croydon in May 2006, which was the same performing arts school attended by Amy Winehouse, Katie Melua, Leona Lewis, Imogen Heap and Kate Nash. A month later, she published two songs on the fourth issue of the online arts publication PlatformsMagazine.com. Since then Adele has played in small UK gigs. Adele wrote her first record, “Hometown Glory” when she was 16 years old. She then signed to independent music label XL Recordings, which in January 2008 released her second single “Chasing Pavements”. In January of 2008, she released her debut album, 19. It debuted at number one on the UK charts on its first week. The album was nominated for the 2008 Mercury Prize in the category of Best Album. On December 3, 2008, the album spawned four Grammy Award nominations: Best New Artist, and Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Chasing Pavements”. In 2009, after winning 2 Grammy Awards, the album rose to a new peak of #10 on the Billboard 200 with over 651,900 copies sold in the United States.
Casting Crowns is a Grammy Award winning Christian band that was created in 1999 by youth pastor Mark Hall at First Baptist Church in Downtown Daytona Beach, Florida as part of a youth group. He also serves as a lead vocalist. Later they moved to McDonough, Georgia and more members joined creating the band now known as Casting Crowns. It’s members include Mark Hall – lead vocals, Melodee Devevo – violins, Juan Devevo – acoustic guitar and Andy Williams – drums. In 2003, Casting Crowns released their self titled debut album. The album peaked at the number two position on the Top Christian Albums Chart and at number fifty-nine on the Billboard 200 Chart. They followed up on it’s success with the release of their sophomore album, Lifesong. In 2007, they released their third album, The Altar and the Door. It includes two cover songs, including Chandler’s “I Know You’re There” and Steve Fee’s “All Because of Jesus”. The album debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling about 129,000 copies in its first week. Casting Crowns latest album was released on October 7, 2008 and is entitled “Peace on Earth”. In 2008, Casting Crowns scored their eighth number one hit with “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”, a track from their newly-released Christmas album entitled Peace on Earth.