It’s not often that you know in the moment that something very special is coming to an end. That is the case however with Third Day. As of this writing they are in the midst of their farewell tour. The final show is scheduled for June 27 at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado. They are doing two shows this week at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, on Friday and Saturday the 15th and 16th.
Mac Powell and Mark Lee formed Third Day back in 1991 when they were still in high school in Marietta, GA, part of the greater Atlanta metro. They released their first indie album, “Time Forgotten,” in 1994, followed by another independent project, “Contagious.” Third Day signed a record deal with Gray Dot Records and released “Third Day” in 1996. Shortly after, Reunion Records bought the band’s contract and released what is now considered the official version of the album “Third Day.”
Since then they have had 31 #1 radio singles, sold over 9 million albums, been inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame (2009), won 24 Dove Awards, 4 Grammy Awards and an American Music Award. Third Day was the subject of the premier episode of the TV series “Revealed” in March 2009 on the Gospel Music Channel, where I was heading up the programming department. You can see that episode on below (though whoever posted it to You Tube did so in a low resolution format).
One of the highlights of my own personal career runs parallel with a highlight form Mac Powell. Somewhere around 2001 or 2002 (to the best of my memory) we did a promotion with the Atlanta Braves. I threw out the first pitch (a wicked fastball that probably left a mark on the hand of Braves catcher Javy Lopez). As part of the promotion we (the JOY FM) had to find someone to sing the National Anthem. I called Mac Powell. He was ecstatic, telling me that he was in Bible study group with John Smoltz and several other Braves players and none of them had been able to land him that sweet gig.
Both Mac Powell and Mark Lee have solo projects out or in the works, so the music will continue. Still, the farewell of Third Day signals the end of an amazing journey and era in music.
Here’s the official video for “Your Love Oh Lord,” from the 1999 album “Time.”
From the 2005 album “Wherever You Are,” here’s “Cry Out To Jesus.”
Here’s the episode of the Gospel Music Channel series Revealed, featuring Third Day.
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