12 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s been Third Day’s special mission to apply the rough-cut edge of Southern Rock to contemporary worship music. The Georgia-based quintet achieved an especially winning combination of music and message on Come Together in 2001. The songs draw upon the themes and motifs of the psychedelic era, all in the service of expressing Christian love and faith. Mac Powell’s emotive growl of a voice — pitched somewhere between Travis Tritt and Eddie Vedder — carries a distinctive back-woods grit, yet also conveys humility and reverence. He roars through the churning “40 Days” and testifies plaintively on the simmering “Nothing Compares.” As a unit, Third Day slinks into Stones-style blues-rock on “I’m Still Listening” and slips in some hip-hop groovesmanship on “My Heart” and “I Got You.” The title track is an idealistic call for brotherhood akin to the Jesus Music of the early ‘70s. All told, Come Together successfully dips into the sonic colors and lyric sentiments of the Summer Of Love within a modern Christian music context, offering them up with the down-home flavor that’s won the band an enduring following.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s been Third Day’s special mission to apply the rough-cut edge of Southern Rock to contemporary worship music. The Georgia-based quintet achieved an especially winning combination of music and message on Come Together in 2001. The songs draw upon the themes and motifs of the psychedelic era, all in the service of expressing Christian love and faith. Mac Powell’s emotive growl of a voice — pitched somewhere between Travis Tritt and Eddie Vedder — carries a distinctive back-woods grit, yet also conveys humility and reverence. He roars through the churning “40 Days” and testifies plaintively on the simmering “Nothing Compares.” As a unit, Third Day slinks into Stones-style blues-rock on “I’m Still Listening” and slips in some hip-hop groovesmanship on “My Heart” and “I Got You.” The title track is an idealistic call for brotherhood akin to the Jesus Music of the early ‘70s. All told, Come Together successfully dips into the sonic colors and lyric sentiments of the Summer Of Love within a modern Christian music context, offering them up with the down-home flavor that’s won the band an enduring following.

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About Third Day

Influenced by the Southern rock of Lynyrd Skynyrd and other artists such as U2 and Rich Mullins, Third Day were originally formed by vocalist Mac Powell and acoustic guitarist Mark Lee. The duo added bassist Tai Anderson and drummer David Carr from another local band, and recorded some demos. Third Day's live shows gradually built them a loyal fan base, and just after lead guitarist Brad Avery joined, the band signed to Gray Dot Records. Their eponymous debut followed in 1996, with Conspiracy No. 5 appearing a year later. In 1999 Third Day returned with Time, and the next year Offerings, a collection of new and live material, came out, followed in 2003 by its companion, Offerings II: All I Have to Give. That same year, the American Music Awards tapped them with a nomination in the Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist category.

For their fifth studio album, 2004's Wire (which was followed shortly after by Live Wire), Third Day returned to their rock & roll roots, a trend they kept up for 2005's Top Ten hit Wherever You Are, which came out in CD/DVD format the next year. After the release of the holiday album Christmas Offerings in 2006 and the compilation Chronology the following year, the band announced the departure of Avery in February 2008. Despite the loss, Third Day soldiered on, releasing Revelation in July of that year. The album was produced by Howard Benson and featured appearances by Chris Daughtry and Lacey Mosley. They followed the record up in 2010 with the late October release of Move, which found the group exploring a more rootsy Southern rock sound. In 2012 they teamed up with veteran producer Brendan O'Brien (the Killers, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen) for their 11th studio album, Miracle. Making a dedicated return to their faith-based material, Third Day released Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship in 2015. Described by Powell as a proper worship album, the choral-heavy record featured members of his home church choir along with notable guest artists from the CCM community like Michael W. Smith, Natalie Grant, Michael Tait, and All Sons & Daughters. In early 2017 the band teamed up with producer Monroe Jones, who helmed some the group's most beloved records, and released the evocative Mac Powell-penned single "Revival," the lead track from their 13th studio album of the same name, which was recorded at the legendary Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. ~ John Bush

ORIGIN
Marietta, GA
FORMED
1991

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