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 member is David Carr, drums. 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 thirteen 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".
- Alien Single—1997—Out of print.
- Southern Tracks—1999—Out of print. Released with limited copies of Time.
- Carry Me Home—2002—Out of print. Recorded to benefit HABITAT FOR HUMANITY during the Come Together tour.
- Wherever You Are (Bonus CD)—2005—Out of print. Released with pre-order of "Wherever You Are". Contains 2 unreleased tracks and a remixed version of 'Cry Out To Jesus'.
- Long Time Forgotten —1993—Independent
- Contagious —1994—Independent
- Third Day —1996—Independent—Gray Dot Release—Many of the songs released on these albums were remastered and released on their self-titled album with Reunion Records.
- Conspiracy No.5 —1997—Reunion Records—On this album, the band went for more of a "grunge rock" feel.
- Time —1999—Essential Records
- Offerings —2000—Essential Records—This is the band's first worship album
- Come Together —2001—Essential Records
- Offerings II: All I Have to Give —2003—Essential Records—This is the band's second worship album
- Wire —2004—Essential Records
- Wherever You Are —2006—Essential Records
- Revelation —2008—Essential Records—This was the last album the band did with Brad Avery
- Move —2010—Essential Records
- Miracle —2012—Essential Records
- Lead Us Back —2015—Essential Records—This album is their first Worship Album since Offerings II.
- Christmas Offerings —2006—Essential Records
- Chronology —2006(Vol. 1), 2007(Vol. 2)—Essential Records
- Consuming Fire—1996
- You Make Me Mad—1997
- Your Love Oh Lord—2003
- I Believe—2004
- Cry Out To Jesus—2006
- Lift Up Your Face—2010
- Children of God—2010
- I Need a Miracle—2012
- Our Deliverer—2014
- The Offerings Experience—2002
- The Come Together Tour—2003
- Live Wire—2004
- 2002—Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album of the Year for Come Together
- 2004—Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album of the Year for Wire
Gospel Music AwardsEdit
- 1998—Dove Award for Rock Album of the Year for Conspiracy No. 5
- 1998—Dove Award for Rock Recorded Song of the Year for Alien
- 1999—Dove Award for Special Event Album of the Year for Exodus
- 2000—Dove Award for Rock Album of the Year for Time
- 2001—Dove Award for Group of the Year
- 2001—Dove Award for Artist of the Year
- 2001—Dove Award for Rock Recorded Song of the Year for Sky Falls Down
- 2001—Dove Award for Praise and Worship Album of the Year for Offerings - A Worship Album
- 2001—Dove Award for Special Event Album of the Year for City on a Hill - Songs of Worship and Praise
- 2002—Dove Award for Group of the Year
- 2002—Dove Award for Long Form Music Video of the Year for Third Day Live in Concert - The Offerings Experience
- 2002—Dove Award for Rock Album of the Year for Come Together
- 2002—Dove Award for Rock Recorded Song of the Year for Come Together
- 2003—Dove Award for Group of the Year
- 2003—Dove Award for Rock Recorded Song of the Year for 40 Days
- 2003—Dove Award for Special Event Album of the Year for City On A Hill - Sing Alleluia
- 2003—2004 Dove Award for Praise and Worship Album of the Year for Offerings II - All I Have to Give
- 2004—Dove Award for RLong Form Music Video of the Year for Third Day Live in Concert, The Come Together Tour
- 2005—Dove Award for Special Event Album of the Year for The Passion of Christ: Songs
- 2005—Dove Award for Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year for Wire
- 2006—Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year for Cry Out to Jesus
- Miracles from Heaven (2016)
- Mac Powell—Vocals/Guitar
- Mark Lee—Guitars
- David Carr—Drums/Percussion
- Scotty Wilbanks—Keyboards/Vocals (Touring)
- Trevor Morgan—Guitars/Vocals (Touring)
- Tim Gibson—Bass/Vocals (Touring)
- Tai Anderson—Bass—Left the band, stating "He is taking a break this tour season", in 2015. He started a motivational speaking career soon after leaving the band.
- Brian Bunn—Toured with the band from 2012 to 2016
- Jason Hoard—Guitars—Toured with the band from 2010 to 2012
- Brad Avery—Guitars—Left the band in February 2008
- 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.