David Crowder Band

David Crowder Band
David Crowder Band
Background information
Origin Waco, Texas, United States
Genres Christian rock, electronic rock, worship
Years active 1996–present
Labels sixstepsrecords
Website davidcrowderband.com
David Crowder
Jack Parker
Mike D
Mark Waldrop
Past members
Jason Solley
Taylor Johnson
Notable instruments
Electric violin
Guitar Hero Controller
Steve 3P0 (drumming robot)

The David Crowder Band (marketed as David Crowder*Band) is a six-piece Christian Modern Worship band from Waco, Texas.


Band history

The band began when David Crowder, from Texarkana, Texas, realized that almost half of the students at Baylor University were not attending church. Finding this very 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 (see discography). The band tours the United States continuously, but make it back to their home church in Waco, Texas relatively often. It has been said[by whom?] that Kyle Lake, University Baptist Church's former pastor and also longtime friend of the band, had a strong influence on the band's music in terms of content and inspiration both during his life and after his death.

With their September 2005 release, A Collision, David Crowder Band explored a new realm of musical diversity. The album houses a mix of bluegrass, folk, alternative, and worship, woven together with a touch of electronic ambience. This release landed them the No. 2 spot on the iTunes Music Store and the No. 39 spot on Billboard 200 only one day after its release.

On the same day as the release of A Collision, their song "Turkish Delight" was released on the Music Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia compilation CD. This song, which is a reference to the magical Turkish Delight in C. S. Lewis's book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, has an old-school disco feel.

On March 19, 2007, the band officially started recording its album titled Remedy; the band also revealed the album's website, http://www.remedyiscoming.com/, which allows fans to follow the band via live webcams, and discover more about the album. Famously controversial rock musician Ted Nugent made a special guest appearance on the album, on the song "We Won't Be Quiet". Remedy was released on September 25, 2007. The day after its release, it reached No. 4 on the iTunes Music Store.

On July 16, 2008, the band announced via its website that it would be releasing a brand new live album and DVD set on August 19, 2008. The title was announced as being Remedy Club Tour - Live, and the cover art was released along with a trailer for the DVD.[1]

On David Crowder's Xanga entry from January 31, 2009, he mentioned the preproduction of the band's next studio album. On Mike Hogan's MySpace entry from March 4, 2009, he confirmed that actual recording and production had commenced and provided directions for getting to the live webcam feed, which is in a page simply titled "Church Music".[2] This is the name of the new album, released on September 22, 2009.[3] The first single off the album is a cover of John Mark McMillan's song "How He Loves".

The band hosted Crowder's Fantastical Church Music Conference September 30 through October 2, 2010 at Baylor University in Waco, TX.[4] Other presenters at the conference included Louie Giglio, Rob Bell, Israel Houghton, Hillsong London, Matt Redman, Jars of Clay, Matt Maher, Leeland, David Dark, Gungor, Derek Webb and others.

On February 5, 2011 the band announced the official start to recording of a new album.[5]

The band often incorporates unconventional instruments and elements into their music, such as making use of Smule's "I Am T-Pain" iPhone app.[citation needed]

On July 21, 2011 the band announced that a Christmas album, Oh For Joy, would be released on October 4, 2011.[6]


On May 21, 2011, the band announced through their website that the band will end after the completion of the Fall 2011 "The 7 Tour" and the release of their sixth album. David said that "For a long while, we have had a good idea what we were going to do for album number 6; we were going to record a 'Mass'... Fittingly enough, it seems our little 'Mass' has turned itself into a 'Requiem.'" [7]


Current members

David Crowder performing in Lincoln, Nebraska

Former members




The band also created the theme music for Dr. James MacDonald's radio program Walk in the Word.


GMA Dove Awards
Year Award Result
2006 Group of the Year Nominated
Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year ("Here is Our King") Won
Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year (A Collision) Won
2007 Group of the Year Nominated
2008 Group of the Year Nominated
Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year ("Everything Glorious") Won
Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year (Remedy) Nominated
Worship Song of the Year ("Everything Glorious") Nominated
Praise & Worship Album of the Year (Remedy) Won
Recorded Music Packaging of the Year (Remedy) Won
Short Form Music Video of the Year ("Foreverandever, etc.") Nominated
2009 Group of the Year Nominated
Recorded Music Packaging of the Year (Remedy Club Tour Edition) Nominated
2010 Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year ("How He Loves") Nominated
Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year (Church Music) Nominated
Praise & Worship Album of the Year (Church Music) Won
2011 Short Form Music Video of the Year ("SMS (Shine)") Won
Grammy Awards
Year Award Work Result
2005[12] Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album A Collision Nominated

David Crowder Band is also featured in other compilation albums that were either nominated or won Dove Awards for Special Event Album of the Year:

  • 2006: Special Event Album of the Year - Music Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia
  • 2007: Special Event Album of the Year - Passion: Everything Glorious
  • 2009: Special Event Album of the Year - Passion: God of This City


The band was named MSN's Artist of the Month for July 2006, and later won Artist of the Year for 2006.[13]


David Crowder has authored two books:

  • David Crowder, Praise Habit: Finding God in Sunsets and Sushi, NavPress, 2005.
  • David Crowder with Mike Hogan, Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, but Nobody Wants to Die or (The Eschatology of Bluegrass), Relevant Books, 2006.


Prior to the album Church Music, the band preferred not to be referred to as "The David Crowder Band". They explained that they preferred to omit the article, and stated that they "may revisit this issue if other groups named 'David Crowder Band' begin performing," and may in fact, should that eventuality occur, insert "The Original" in front of the band's present appellation.[citation needed] As of the release of Church Music, however, the band has begun referring to themselves using the article, and explained "we’ve been at for a while now without incident, so we felt justified in its formal inclusion."[14]

The band's name is sometimes rendered with an asterisk, as "David Crowder*Band". In a faux-documentary while recording Church Music, Crowder mentioned that the asterisk meant, "David Crowder [is about to go insane because Jack Parker continually tries to sabotage the work of the rest of the] band."[15]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ http://dcb01.com/churchmusic/cams.php4
  3. ^ "Album Release Dates, CD New Releases". Jesusfreakhideout.com. http://www.jesusfreakhideout.com/releases/default.asp#sept09. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  4. ^ http://www.davidcrowderband.com/fantastical/
  5. ^ David Crowder Band (February 5, 2011). "We've officially". Facebook.com. http://www.facebook.com/davidcrowderband/posts/107768935968317. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ "the shows". david crowder band. http://davidcrowderband.com/schedule/. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  7. ^ David Crowder Band (May 21, 2011). "none". http://www.davidcrowderband.com/. Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  8. ^ Chart History, Billboard.com
  9. ^ "Tweet related to Give Us Rest release date". http://twitter.com/#!/crowderband/status/128562327997005824. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  10. ^ New David Crowder*Band EP Premiers as iTunes Exclusive, Sparrow Records
  11. ^ Seven Swans Reimagined, On Joyful Wings
  12. ^ "Grammy Award Winners". The Recording Academy. http://www.grammy.com/GRAMMY_Awards/Winners/Results.aspx. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  13. ^ "David Crowder Band is MSN’s Artist of the Year 2006 - CMSpin News Article". Cmspin.com. 2007-01-12. http://www.cmspin.com/newsmanager/anmviewer.asp?a=4068&z=26. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  14. ^ "David Crowder: Stuff Christian Bands Like". Thepoachedegg.net. http://www.thepoachedegg.net/the-poached-egg/2011/03/david-crowder-stuff-christian-bands-like.html. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  15. ^ om een reactie te plaatsen!. "David Crowder*Band Rockumentary 2: You Can Bet Your Life On It". YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJie0fedIeY. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 

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