WOW!! I STILL don’t believe it!! Third Day came to Ozark, AL and they totally CONQUERED the stage!! They were even better live!! (Which isn’t the case for many awesome band, trust me.) Beyond AWESOME! Get the all access pass while you’ve got the chance!! SO WORTH IT!! Go GOLD!!
Once again I’ve gotta tell how odd how it worked out too. A friend of mine was going to take a young person he’s mentoring to go see the concert. When he got his tickets he got an extra one. He then decided to give that extra ticket to me. I thought that was pretty neat (ok, I thought it was beyond phenomenally awesome of him, but I digress).
So, on our website http://www.chipleypaper.com/video/?videoId=701283716001&lineupId=1266417042&play=now and on our youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47CipkVAbZg you can totally check out the video we have made for your viewing pleasure!!
Anywho, for those who aren’t too familiar of Third Day (which is an inconceivable notion to me) here’s the 411 I got from their official website at www.thirdday.com.
Hopefully I’ll be able to shed some light on the band that Billboard magazine said was “not only the best Christian bands of the ‘90s but one of the best rock bands, period.”
“Third Day has clearly weathered the difficult climb from obscurity to success, but the band is hardly suffering from over-confidence or complacency, in fact, the band’s eleventh album, Revelation, addresses that very issue head-on,” as stated in their Bio. “Rather than lean back in a figurative easy chair, Third Day challenged itself immensely, shaking up its direction and reasserting its place as a rock band of enormous depth and passion.”
Drummer David Carr said, “Our career is like a dream I didn’t even know I had; it’s gone beyond anything I could have dreamed of.”
They said they were highly influenced by the rock of Lynyrd Skynyrd and other artists such as U2 and Rich Mullins and was originally formed by vocalist Mac Powell and acoustic guitarist Mark Lee.
After adding bassist Tai Anderson and drummer David Carr they signed on with Gray Dot Records and made their debut in 1996 with Conspiracy No. 5 produced the following year. This was followed by Time, Offerings, Offerings II: All I Have to Give, Live Wire and Wire.
When they went back to their “rock-n-roll roots,” they hit 2005’s Top Ten with Wherever You Are. They went on to produce Christmas Offerings and Chronology before they announced that Avery was moving on in February of 2008. Shortly after that they released Revelation, produced by Howard Benson and featured the appearance of Chris Daughtry and Lacey Mosley, and the band won the American Music Award that year.
What has me really excited is their latest release called Move. Personally I think it’s the best album they’ve ever made. And trust me, I don’t take these matters lightly. I have sensitive ears and allow only the finest of melodies to touch them. Music has had a very large impact on my life, but enough of my accounts for Move, here’s some of Third Day’s…
“There’s a familiar verse in Ecclesiastes that says, ‘to everything there is a season,’ and in the life of every believer, there’s a time to seek answers and a time for action, for Third Day, it’s time to Move!”
Third Day Bassist Tai Anderson said, “For us, there was a wake up call right after we won the GMA Artist of the Year a few years back; it’s like ‘okay, what do we do with this?’”
“We’ve been given this platform and we feel like God wants us to use that,” said Anderson. “It’s really about putting our faith into action and that idea of motion.”
With the album, Move, the lead vocalist Mac Powell, guitarist Mark Lee and drummer David Carr are encouraging others to “take the next step in their walk with God,” with Move being a follow-up for Revelation.
“That was a record about prayer and about really asking for direction,” said Powell. “Some of these songs are about receiving that direction, moving on that and going forward.”
Lee said, “The lyric on Revelation says ‘tell me should I stay here or do I need to move,’ and we’ve given everybody a couple of years to marinate on that and now we’re saying, ‘Go, move!’”
“Third Day issues the challenge in the song Make Your Move, an in-your-face Americana rock anthem that makes it impossible to remain inert, physically or spiritually,” as described in their latest project. “Make Your Move is the equivalent of throwing down a musical gauntlet, and while the song’s soul-shaking intensity washes over the listener in sonic waves, the penetrating lyric is a call to action that encourages believers to share the hope of Jesus with the hurting world around them.”
I know it sounds really theatrical to describe the song like that, but it’s amazingly accurate.
Third Day has an amazing record, with 27 No. 1 singles, sold more than 7 million albums (which is two Platinum and nine Gold Records), been inducted in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame for 2009, 24 GMA Dove Awards from 42 nominations, 4 GRAMMY Awards, an American Music Award, 3 American Music Award nominations and multiple ASCAP honors for songwriting.
They were so awesome their song, Call My Name, was selected by Keith Urban as a bonus track on his Defying Gravity project.
“This is music that people can share with friends who aren’t necessarily Christians, but when you talk about light and darkness this room is adequately lit,” said Anderson. “If you light a candle, it doesn’t add anything to the atmosphere, but if you go where it is dark and you light a candle, then it’s beautiful and you can appreciate the light; I feel like that’s what our role is a little bit more, our candle is lit, we’re trying to bring hope.”
Another nifty tid-bit of info is that Third Day works extensively with World Vision, Habitat for Humanity, the One Campaign, Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee (which aids farmers in Rwanda) and they even created their own funding called the Come Together Fund.
The Come Together Fund is a commitment made by Third Day using their concerts as “vehicles” to raise money focused on grassroots charitable initiative around the world. For over five years they have committed $1 per ticket to raise this funding and because of their extensive touring schedule they have been able to raise quite a bit for funds such as Come Together Compound: Gateway School Project, Rajamundry, India; Operation Christmas Child: Uganda Shoe Box Distribution; Invisible Children: Uganda Child Soldier Awareness; Hands in Service: School Project in Soroti, Uganda; Blood Water Mission: Thousand Wells Project; Habitat for Humanity: U.S. and International projects; World Vision: Haiti Relief Fund; Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee: Help make a difference… just by drinking good coffee; and Engage Atlanta: Metro Atlanta Flood Relief.
So, I’m excited about the upcoming concert like you wouldn’t believe. If you get the chance, visit their website, check out some of their songs, they’re pretty awesome.