The cover to Third Day's 2005 CD, Wherever You Are.
||Marietta, GA, USA
||c. 1994 - present
||Christian Rock / Southern Rock / Alternative Rock
Third Day is a Christian rock band formed in Marietta, Georgia during the 1990s. The band was founded by lead singer Mac Powell and
guitarist Mark Lee. The other band members are as follows: Tai Anderson, bass; David Carr, drums; and Brad Avery, guitars. The name is a
reference to the biblical account of Jesus rising from the dead on the third day following his crucifixion.
They had regional success with their Indie release entitled Contagious and were signed by an indie label called GrayDot Records in 1994.
Third Day was the first band signed to Reunion Records in 1995, where they released their eponymous first mainstream album. They have since
followed it with seven additional albums and one mini-album. Beginning with Southern Tracks, Third Day signed with Essential Records.
The group won both the 2003 and the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album for Come Together and Wire, respectively.
The music of Third Day is now in the Christian video game Dance Praise via the Dance Praise Expansion Pack Volume 3: Pop & Rock
Hits. The songs included are "Sing a song" and "Come Back to Me".
Studio and live albums
- Third Day (1996)
- Conspiracy No. 5 (1997)
- Time (1999)
- Offerings: A Worship Album (2000)
- Come Together (2001)
- Offerings II: All I Have To Give (2003) #18 US
- Wire (2004) #12 US (Status: Gold)
- Live Wire (2004)
- Wherever You Are (2005) (Status: Gold)
- Christmas Offerings (2006)
- Alien Single (1997) - (1. Alien, 2. You Are Not Alone 3. Nothing At All (rock remix))
- Southern Tracks (1999) - (Out of print. Released with limited copies of Time)
- Carry Me Home (2002) - (Out of print. In benefit of Habitat For Humanity)
- "Wherever You Are (Bonus CD)" (2006) - (Out of print. "That's How The Story Goes," "Falling To Pieces," "Cry Out To jesus (remix)")
- Long Time Forgotten (1993)
- Contagious (1994)
- Third Day (Gray Dot Release) (1996)
Many of the songs released on these albums were remastered and released on their self-titled album.
- Consuming Fire (1996)
- You Make Me Mad (1997)
- Your Love Oh Lord (2003)
- I Believe (2004)
- Cry Out To Jesus (2006)
- The Offerings Experience (2002)
- The Come Together Tour (2003)
- Live Wire (2004)
- Mac Powell - Vocals/Guitar
- Mark Lee - Guitars
- Brad Avery - Guitars
- Tai Anderson - Bass
- David Carr - Drums/Percussion
- Billy Wilkins, keyboards. Billy was one of the original members of Third Day, from 1991 to 1993. The band began as Mac Powell, Mark Lee,
and Billy Wilkins. He was also with the group when Tai and David joined, both of whom were still in high school at the time. He is
currently a high school teacher at McEachern High School, where both Mac and Mark graduated in 1991. He has recorded with Third Day as
recently as 2003, when he played "Blessed Assurance" on a project for author/speaker Max Lucado.
- Geof Barkley, keyboards. Geof (formerly of Geoff Moore and the Distance) played keyboards on every live album in the band's history and
every live show for nearly seven years. Geof also performed on "Wherever You Are". Although never officially a member of the band, Brad
Avery has described Geof as '"in the band", but he's not a "member" of Third Day, that's two different things. But he is in the band,
and he plays with us live every night, and he rocks. Barkley's background vocals in songs such as "God of Wonders" and "Took My Place"
as well as "You Are So Good To Me" have become integral parts of Third Day's live sound. Geof finished touring with Third Day on October
21, 2005 in Raleigh, N. Carolina.
Fans of the band are collectively called Gomers. Gomer, in a sense, is their last name. Each Gomer must choose a first name, such as Happy Gomer,
Mac Gomer etc. In the Bible, Gomer is the name of the prophet Hosea's unfaithful wife. No matter how many times Gomer left Hosea, Hosea would
always rescue her when she got into trouble. This story is explored in Third Day's song Gomer's Theme. When attending Third Day concerts,
Gomers wear the color orange, so that the band can see them easily from the stage.
As always, though, word choice is different depending on geographic location and other factors, so not all fans of the group call themselves Gomers.
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