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The group is heavily involved with organizations such as DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa), relief organization World Vision, and Habitat For Humanity, and has participated in MTV's Choose Or Lose campaign, encouraging young people to take an active role in their government and their future. Succeeding a recent trip overseas, the group has begun addressing the AIDS crisis in Africa during its concert appearances, knowing that that step alone is a major risk. The Wire album has them back on the road in 2004, playing such major venues as Los Angeles' Greek Theatre, Atlanta's Fox Theater and Portland's Rose Garden.
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Third Day was originally formed by vocalist Mac Powell and acoustic guitarist Mark Lee, and influenced by the Southern rock of Lynyrd Skynyrd and other artists such as U2 and Rich Mullins. The duo eventually added bassist Tai Anderson and drummer David Carr from another local band, and recorded some demos. Anderson and drummer David Carr from another local band, and recorded some demos. Third Day's live shows steadily built a loyal fan base, and just after the lead guitarist Brad Avery joined, the band signed to Gray Dot Records. Their eponymous debut followed in 1996, with Conspiracy No. 5 appearing a year later. Third Day returned in 1999 with Time, which they followed the next year with Offerings, a collection of new and live material. Their dependable release schedule continued through 2003, when the American Music Awards tapped them with a nomination in the Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist category. The Atlanta-based rockers have gained four gold albums, a platinum album, a Grammy and 21 of the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards. Backing up the band's rise, Billboard magazine noted the act is "not only one of the best Christian bands of the '90s but one of the best rock bands, period."