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Lifesong Live is the most insightful look yet into the band’s music and members. This dynamic DVD/CD combo includes six songs on DVD as well as seven live songs on CD from the 84-market “Lifesong Tour,” which impacted sell-out crowds Fall ’05 through Spring ’06. The set also features the new “Does Anybody Hear Her” music video along with a behind-the-scenes “making of the music video” segment. Plus, we have included 12 bonus featurettes such as a typical day in the hectic life of lead singer/songwriter Mark Hall as he juggles fatherhood, ministry, and touring; a look at each of the members' lives in their home churches; the humorous antics of the band’s most colorful character and drummer, Andy Williams; and the gospel message from tour pastor, Tony Nolan. No other place gives you access to the live music and in-depth, behind-the-scenes footage of one of the most successful tours and most loved bands in Christian music.


  • SKU: 0602341010627
  • UPC: 602341010627
  • Title: Lifesong Live With DVD
  • Publisher: Beach Street Records
  • Release Date: Oct 03, 2006
  • Includes: DVD
  • Format: Album
  • Media: Compact Disc
  • Music Categories: Contemporary/Pop
  • Weight lbs: 0.24
  • Dimensions: 5.00" L x 5.58" W x 0.40" H
  • Features: Live Recording
  • Category: PRAISE & WORSHIP
  • Subject: Christian - Contemporary



Talk about striking while the iron is hot.

With two discs still simmering on Neilsen SoundScan’s sales charts, seven-member ensemble Casting Crowns now churns out its Lifesong Live CD/DVD project, a concert version of the band’s sophomore studio release. The new endeavor, which releases October 3, represents the Crowns’ second performance-oriented CD/DVD set, following 2004’s Live from Atlanta.

Not surprisingly, the Lifesong Live CD contains all the essential elements of a concert-style recording: audience applause, brief comments from lead singer Mark Hall and several expanded renditions of the band’s hallmark anthems. Although only six songs are prominently featured, all the standouts made the cut, including “Love Them Like Jesus,” “Praise You in This Storm” and “Stained Glass Masquerade.” Interestingly, a seventh (bonus) track, “Set Me Free,” appears on the CD (but not the DVD). The song replaces its standard driving guitar riffs with well-executed piano and violin instrumentation. Moreover, Hall’s gritty, impassioned vocals take the song to a new level of soul-stirring intensity.

While, early on, the disc seems to promise a satisfying listening experience, it starts to drift and ultimately feels a bit too run-of-the-mill. Perhaps infusing more conversation from Hall or additional musical improvisation would have helped capture the spirit of the performance.

Fortunately, redemption comes via the DVD, which yields a full-on view of the show. The set list mirrors the CD’s, but it’s only here that we encounter Hall’s convicting, yet non-preachy, devotional challenges between songs.

Unlike the Live from Atlanta effort, this DVD is replete with enough behind-the-scenes footage and other special features to keep the most rabid Crowns fans satiated for hours. Among the highlights are a well-produced, exclusive conceptual video of “Does Anybody Hear Her,” a virtual tour of the band’s bus and a spotlight on tour pastor Tony Nolan, who shares an inspiring testimony with wit and candor.

Also memorable are Hall’s accounts of how the group’s tight-knit dynamic plays out in daily life. Revealing glimpses show the band spending time together in prayer and devotions, goofing off during sound checks and detailing how each member remains engaged in local church ministry. It all serves as evidence to Casting Crowns’ unwavering commitment to serve each other and the body of Christ.


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