Crowder (musician)

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Background information
Birth nameDavid Wallace Crowder[1]
Also known asCrowder
Born (1971-11-29) November 29, 1971 (age 47)[2]
Texarkana, Texas, U.S.[3]
GenresContemporary Christian music, modern worship, folktronica, Christian rock
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1996–present
Labelssixsteps, Sparrow
Associated actsDavid Crowder Band

David Wallace Crowder (born November 29, 1971[2]), known by his mononymous stage name Crowder since 2012, is an American Contemporary Christian music singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and author.[4] He was the lead singer in the now defunct David Crowder Band, before he started his solo career in 2012 on sixstepsrecords and Sparrow Records labels. He released his first solo album Neon Steeple on May 27, 2014. Crowder released his first solo single off the album, "I Am", on November 25, 2013, which rose to the No. 3 position on the Christian Songs chart.[5] American Prodigal, Crowder's second solo album, was released on September 23, 2016 and his third, I Know a Ghost, on November 9, 2018.


He was born David Wallace Crowder, on November 29, 1971, in Texarkana, Texas, the son of an insurance agent Daniel Wallace Crowder and Marian Elizabeth Crowder (née, Mack),[3] where he was raised with a younger brother, Stephen Edward Crowder.[6] He went to college at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Crowder was the lead vocalist of the David Crowder Band that started in 1996 and disbanded in 2012 when Crowder started his solo career on sixstepsrecords which was an imprint of Sparrow Records. During the band's time together they released 16 singles through 6 studio albums, 2 live albums, 4 EPs and a compilation album.

Crowder released his debut solo studio album on May 27, 2014, Neon Steeple. The lead single, "I Am", released on November 25, 2013, charted at No, 3 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart.[5] "Come As You Are" achieved a Grammy nomination in 2015 for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song.[7] The album was originally slated for release February 18, 2014, but was pushed back due to "unavoidable circumstances".[citation needed] Crowder began his nationwide Neon Steeple tour September 30, 2014.[citation needed]

His second solo album, American Prodigal, was released September 23, 2016. The first single, "Run Devil Run", was released on June 18, 2016.[8] "Forgiven" was released as the second single on March 17, 2017.[citation needed]

On September 19, 2018, Crowder announced a third solo album and released the first two singles. The album, I Know a Ghost, was released on November 9, 2018.[9]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions

Neon Steeple 9 1
American Prodigal
  • Released: September 23, 2016
  • Label: sixsteps/Sparrow
  • Formats: CD, digital download, vinyl, cassette
12 1
I Know a Ghost
  • Released: November 9, 2018
  • Label: sixsteps/Sparrow
43 2


List of EPs, with selected chart positions
Title EP details Peak chart positions

Neon Porch Extravaganza
  • Released: October 30, 2015
  • Label: sixsteps/Sparrow
  • Formats: CD, digital download


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album

Christ Air.

Christ AC

"I Am" 2013 3 2 6 Neon Steeple
"Come As You Are" 2014 3 1 6
"Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains)" 2015 11 14 15
"Run Devil Run" 2016 22 26 American Prodigal
"My Victory" 12 7 12
"Forgiven" 2017 10 8 10
"Back to the Garden" 45
"All My Hope"
(with Tauren Wells)
3 1 2 non-album single
"Red Letters" 2018 9 8 11 I Know a Ghost
"Wildfire" 43

Other charted songs[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Let It Rain (Is There Anybody)"
(featuring Mandisa)
2018 50 I Know a Ghost

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Album Source
"I Am" 2014 Neon Steeple Watch
"Come As You Are" Watch
"Run Devil Run" 2016 American Prodigal Watch
"Forgiven" 2017 Watch
"Back to the Garden" Watch
"Prove It featuring KB" Watch
"All My Hope featuring Tauren Wells" non-album single Watch


David Crowder has authored two books:

  • David Crowder, Praise Habit: Finding God in Sunsets and Sushi, NavPress, 2005.
  • David Crowder with Mike Hogan, Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, but Nobody Wants to Die or (The Eschatology of Bluegrass), Relevant Books, 2006.


  1. ^ Van Pelt, Doug (November 1, 2007). "Left of Center: David Crowder Band". CCM Magazine. Archived from the original on January 7, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Christian Music Review (October 27, 2007). "Artist Profile (David Crowder*Band)". Christian Music Review. Archived from the original on October 22, 2010. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Texas Birth Index (2002). "U.S. Public Records Index". Family Search. Retrieved May 11, 2016.[better source needed]
  4. ^ Zandi, Ian (November 22, 2013). "Crowder Announces Neon Steeple". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Billboard (December 5, 2013). "Christian Songs: December 14, 2013". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  6. ^ Texas Birth Index (2002). "U.S. Public Records Index". Family Search. Retrieved May 11, 2016.[better source needed]
  7. ^ "Video Exclusive: Christian Artist Crowder Confirms That He's Still Very Much Alive (and Making Music)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "GRAMMY® Acclaimed Crowder to Release "American Prodigal" Sept. 23". Patheos. June 16, 2016. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  9. ^ "Crowder - I Know A Ghost - Music". Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "Crowder Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Crowder Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Crowder – Chart history (Hot Christian Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  13. ^ "Crowder – Chart history (Christian Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  14. ^ "Crowder – Chart history (Hot Christian AC Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  15. ^ "American certifications – Crowder". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 6, 2019.

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