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Published April 18 2012

Casting Crowns brings ‘everyday’ Christian music to Fargodome

If you go

What: Casting Crowns with Matthew West, Royal Tailor and Lindsay McCaul

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Gate City Bank Theatre, Fargodome, 1800 University Dr. N.

Info: Tickets range from $21.50-$76.50; call 1-855-694-6367 or visit inforumtix.com

FARGO – Casting Crowns might be the most popular Christian rock group of the moment.

And when you talk to Crowns singer Mark Hall it’s easy to understand why the group’s passionate, pointed music resonates with some members of the Christian community, which will likely come together for the band’s 7 p.m. Sunday concert at the Fargodome.

Hall says the music’s message is more important than its sound, with songs and concerts asking listeners to think carefully about their relationships with God.

It’s a motif that has worked quite well for Casting Crowns.

Since coming out of Georgia in the early 2000s, the band has climbed to top of the Contemporary Christian Music scene. It’s latest record, “Come to the Well,” debuted at number one on Billboard’s Christian album charts last October. And it’s become a headlining act for Christian music festivals, like the Lifelight festival that attracts more more than 100,000 people to southeastern South Dakota every Labor Day weekend.

Yet, Hall says what’s made Casting Crowns such a popular Christian act is that people can still relate to the band.

“I think the everydayness of our songs is what connects us with people,” Hall says. “They realize that, ‘OK, they’re just like us.’ ”

That’s how it is for Mike Franklin, manager of the Family Christian Store in Fargo, who says Casting Crown’s genuine brand of music is among the most popular in the store.

“When I listen to their music, it’s very much directed toward ourselves – how are we walking out the love of God in our daily lives?” Franklin says, adding that Hall is “a very authentic songwriter, very much from the heart.”

But as a Christian group, Hall acknowledges that Casting Crowns’ songs and concerts are geared more toward listeners who already have a relationship with God.

That doesn’t mean, though, that someone without a strong religious connection wouldn’t enjoy, or take something from, the concert.

“Our first ministry is definitely toward the church,” Hall says. “But if you show up, it’s not going to be some inside joke.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Sam Benshoof at (701) 241-5535