CASTING CROWNS WILL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
Holiday Celebration Sings Out With Shure Wireless
11.12.2008 – The number one selling artists on Billboard's Christian/Gospel charts
at the end of last year as well as winners of GRAMMY®, Dove, and American Music
Awards, the band Casting Crowns has secured a fan base spanning continents.
Slated to return from Europe later this month just in time for the launch of the holiday
season in the U.S., the contemporary Christian rockers will begin their Christmas
Celebration Tour in Southeast Texas at the Berry Center on November 28.
Coinciding with the release of the Crowns' Christmas album Peace on Earth, the 14-
city Christmas Celebration will travel with a 20-piece orchestra throughout the latter
half of November and first half of December. Guest artists on the bill will include
Natalie Grant, Denver & the Mile High Orchestra, Avalon, Michael English, and
Shure microphone products will occupy a prime place in the show as well, having
been chosen by Casting Crowns FOH engineer Carter Hassebroek to fulfill wide
duties onstage ranging from capturing soaring vocals to the pure tones of electric
With UHF-R® wireless systems getting the call for vocals, lead singer Mark Hall
relies on a handheld transmitter sporting a Beta 87C capsule, while
keyboardist/backing vocalist Megan Garrett and violinist/backing vocalist Melodee
DeVevo are outfitted with KSM9 capsules.
"I am a believer in proper mic choice and placement," Hassebroek said shortly
before leaving with the band for Europe at the end of last month. "When touring, I'm
not satisfied with a 'go-to' mic or capsule. We spend a good deal of time in
rehearsals finding the appropriate mics for new instruments or voices. After which,
we are very particular about making sure the placement stays the same every day."
Hassebroek has found Shure UHF-R's onboard frequency scanning capabilities a
boon while out on the road as well as its high power output option. "The