Crowder began the Christian Rock group while attending Baylor University in the late 90s. He'd noticed that more than half of the students of the school did not attend church which, as Baylor was a Christian university, seemed odd. So he and friend Chris Seay founded the University Baptist Church where Crowder would lead worship services. As time went on, he began writing songs to incorporate into services. The congregation grew. So did the band.
The band's music combines Christian messages, rock and pop rhythms, and a combination of electric and acoustic instrumentation, giving them a unique sound that manages to be comfortable to fans of genres as diverse as Rock, Bluegrass, and Ambient.
A dozen years, 6 albums, 7 Dove Awards, and one Grammy later, The David Crowder*Band is bringing down the curtain. More time for family, returning to school, writing and playing music with other people--the band members have all decided that their work as a unit is done. For now at least. But they've arranged to go out in true celebratory fashion--with a huge final tour (Ocean Grove, New Jersey today; cool!), the Christmas album, and, presumably before the end of the year, their final album "Requiem". Soon after 2011 becomes 2012, The David Crowder*Band will no longer exist beyond the grooves of the records already issued and the memories of their fans.
"Oh For Joy" will be released on October 4. The track list (not necessarily final) follows. And, for the moment, the band's free 2010 Christmas download of "O Holy Night" is still available (just click on David's Santa hat to download...it's the red one).
Joy To The World
Go Tell It On The Mountain
The First Noel
O Holy Night
O Come O Come Emmanuel
Angels We Have Heard On High
Carol Of The Bells/Christmas In Sarajevo