WACO, Texas The David Crowder Band, a modern worship band that emerged as part of college movement in Waco, will disband later this year after an 11-year run that garnered nine Dove Awards and one Grammy nomination.
The group, which is working on Mass, its sixth album, will retire after its fall "The 7" tour to promote the pending release.
The announcement came May 21 on the group's website.
"None of us is sure what's next, but we're not afraid. ... And we're sure that music will play a role in the future for most, if not all, of us, since, well, we wouldn't know how to not have it a part of our lives."
The face of the band, David Crowder, co-founded University Baptist Church in 1995 in Waco after discovering that nearly half of the students at nearby Baylor University, a Christian institution, did not attend church. Crowder led worship there and founded the David Crowder Band in 2000. Since its inception, the band has gained a national following and has participated in countless worship conferences, including Passion.
On its website, the band said it became apparent that the natural life of the band was coming to close when its members realized they had a desire to try different things such as writing, spending more time with family or performing with new blood.
"The problem, or the beauty, is that we've never been able to see past album six," their posting read. "In the meantime, a lot of life has happened. It is now 2011 (this is for anyone who may not have been paying attention) and in 11 years there have been many twists and turns. Each of us has gotten married. New humans have arrived as a result of these marriages, five to be exact. We have also lost some really good friends to death along the way and have gotten to celebrate together that death is not the end of things.
"It's really crazy to think that we have lived over a decade of life together. And, in the middle of all this life, we have gotten to make music that was a reflection of what was happening among us. We have attempted, to the best of our ability, to insert all of these twists and turns into our music, hoping that our responses to God in the midst of these moments would be an aid to others."
Their Dove honors include three albums of the year, two songs of the year and three special event album of the year for collaborative projects. Earlier this year, the band was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album for Church Music. In 2007 they bested Prince, Christina Aguilera, INXS and Kenny Chesney for Artist of the Year by the MSN Music portal.