Crowder was the lead vocalist of the David Crowder Band that started in 1996. During the band's time together they released 16 singles through 6 studio albums, 2 live albums, 4 EPs and a compilation album.
In 2012, Crowder started his solo career on sixstepsrecords, which was an imprint of Sparrow Records. Crowder released his debut solo studio album on May 27, 2014, Neon Steeple. The lead single, "I Am", charted at No. 3 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart, and "Come As You Are" achieved a Grammy nomination in 2015 for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song.
His second solo album, American Prodigal, was released on September 23, 2016. The first single, "Run Devil Run", was released on June 18, 2016. "Forgiven" was released as the second single on March 17, 2017.
On September 19, 2018, Crowder announced a third solo album and released the first two singles. The album will be titled, I Know a Ghost, and will release on November 9, 2018.