Casting Crowns in DPRK
Grammy Award-winning band Casting Crowns participated in North Korea’s 25th Annual April Spring Art Festival, sharing a message of friendship and cooperation. The group was the only native U.S. band to perform at the event, which emphasizes artistic exchange and promotes peace and good will.
Global Resource Services (GRS) has worked in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for the past ten years and joined with the organizing committee of the Friendship Art Festival to facilitate the band’s participation. A delegation from GRS traveled with Casting Crowns to Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital city, and the location of the week-long festival.
The band played at three standing-room-only shows on April 11-13, 2007, incorporating both their own popular music and some Korean favorites. The song Amazing Grace—for which Casting Crowns received a festival award—was particularly well-received, as was the Korean tune White Dove Fly High, recognized as an anthem for peace. The Vice Chairman of the festival Mr. Jang, Chol Sun personally shared his gratitude with Casting Crowns for participating, and especially for their beautiful performance of the Korean song. He expressed his hope that groups like GRS, Casting Crowns and the people of the DPRK can work together to bring unity and peace.
In late August, 2007, Casting Crowns released its newest album, “The Altar and The Door.” Lead singer Mark Hall and talented artist Meagan Garrett share their inspiring performance of White Dove Fly High as a hidden bonus to the collection. For more on Casting Crowns, visit www.castingcrowns.com. Be sure to watch YouTube interviews with band members and hear Mark and Meagan reveal that their most memorable experience with the group has been their trip to North Korea!