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Published on March 7th, 2016 | by Dig Omaha

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Third Day brings acclaimed Christian Rock to Omaha

Highly acclaimed Christian rock band Third Day will perform Thursday night at the Ralston Arena. The Georgia band formed in the 1990s, and has found huge fan success in the decades since, winning Four Grammy awards, in 2003 and 2005 for Best Rock Gospel album, in 2007 for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album, and in 2010 for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album. Additionally, the band has won more than two dozen Gospel Music Awards, and in 2008 won the American Music Award for Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artists. The band has released a dozen studio albums, and tours regularly. Their stop in Omaha is part of a Midwest run on their "Lead Us Back" tour. Billboard has called the bands “one of the best rock bands, period”, and fans have proven that they'll stand by their side. They've tallied 8.5 million album sales, their repertoire includes 31 No. 1 singles, and they have won more than and 24 GMA Dove Awards. Their new CD, "Lead Us Back," has been nominated for best Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year in the Gospel Music Awards. The CD is said to tread familiar territory. Said guitarist and vocalist Mark Lee: “We had been talking about recording another worship album for the past five years, and at one point during that time began working on a few songs,” says Lee. “In general, though, we let the songs we’re working on at any given time dictate the direction of our next project and when we started to write more rock tunes and ballads in line with our other albums, we decided to hold off.” But soon the songs started coming together, Lee said. “This time, Mac [Powell] brought a batch of great songs to the table that all fit together thematically in the worship context, so our intention to make that the focus was there from the start on Lead Us Back." And since the band loves to draw on it's worship-driven material, the timing was right, he said. "We realized that any time we wanted to perform worship songs in concert, we kept going back to our older material, and we were definitely ready to record some fresh ones.” Fans will get a chance to sing along to all their new material Thursday. Tickets are $17-22 and can be bought here. They are joined by opener Brandon Heath. Photo: Thirdday.com

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