How ‘Just Be Held’ By Casting Crowns Strengthened Mark Hall to Win Battle Against Kidney Cancer

By Martin Suan | 1 year ago

Casting Crowns lead vocalist Mark Hall shared his experience in battling and overcoming cancer in an interview recently. How did he manage to receive strength? Read on for more details.

According to Burlington County Times, the 45-year-old band member found strength, courage, and comfort through one of Casting Crowns’ song “Just Be Held” during his struggle with cancer.


 ‘Hold it all together/Everybody needs you strong/When life hits you out of nowhere/And barely leaves you holding on.’ I realized on stage that God had let me write that song two years before because He knew I was going to need it,” Hall wrote as the first lines of the song.

Hall was singing this song, which was composed two years ago, in front of a crowd of worshipers at a concert. It was right before he had surgery for kidney cancer. He admitted the struggle to be onstage while having cancer, acting as if he was not scared so that his family would not worry also.

Hall also said it was a dark time for him, knowing that one of his kidneys had to be removed. Nevertheless, the song proved to be just in time to give him courage and faith for such a time as that.

It was not only through the song that gave Hall encouragement. Fans of “Casting Crowns” sent him letters, large packages, notes of support, and prayer coverings.

When asked how battling cancer has affected him, Hall said he learned to let people encourage him. He realized God also gives comfort to His people through the way His Church embraces a person battling storms in life such as cancer.

Casting Crowns: Once A Group for Their Church Only

On his realization that he wanted to be in the music industry, Hall revealed he never wanted to be involved in it. He was only composing songs for his youth group when one of their Church members sent them to a music studio in order to create a CD just for their Church.

Their recorded CD managed to land into the hands of Sawyer Brown lead vocalist Mark Miller, who later shared the CD to Steven Curtis Chapman. Then the rest is history.

For the fans of Casting Crowns, they can catch them at a concert in the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on Oct. 16. Tickets for the concert will be on sale Friday starting at $24, Tuscaloosa News reported.


Casting Crowns’ “Who Am I” was awarded as Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year” last 2005.

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