The new CD from Casting Crowns, The Alter and the Door, releases on August 28th and is produced by Mark Miller (Sayer Brown). The strings for this project were arranged by Bernie Herms. He sent me the MIDI files and mp3 mixes as he finished them, I compared the MIDI files to the audio files, translated and transcribed them for real strings, and created printed music for the session. We used a 20 piece string section for this session back in April, with Jim Gray conducting.
The first single from the record, East to West, was just distributed to radio and broke a record when it was added to the rotation of 78 stations its first week. It was also posted on their MySpace page where it was played 27,000 times in the first 3 days. It has now been up there for a little over two weeks and has close to 112,000 plays. The mix is pretty good – you can actually hear the strings. Check it out here.