As Hurricane Wilma took aim at Mexico and Florida this past weekend, Casting Crowns were doing their part to help victims of recent hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The Dove Award-winning band pledged to donate profits from ticket sales for their October 20 show in the Baton Rouge, La. area to hurricane relief efforts.

The platinum-selling group is currently headlining the "Lifesong Tour," with planned stops in 38 cities. Along for the musical ride are label mate Josh BatesBuilding 429 and speaker Tony Nolan, helping to make the tour a hot ticket.

The Baton Rouge benefit show took place at Bethany World Prayer Center in Baker, La., and the band will donate 100 percent of its profits from ticket sales for that show to hurricane relief efforts, to be funneled through the Southern Baptist Convention. In addition, evacuees in the area were invited to attend the show for free, and the band accepted further donations for hurricane relief at the venue.

Fans already know that 2005 American Music Award nominees Casting Crowns recently released their sophomore project, "Lifesong." The album debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and it currently maintains the No.1 position on Soundscan’s Top Christian Albums chart. Over at radio, the project’s title track is sitting in the No. 1 spot for the fourth week.

 
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