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For the men of MercyMe—Barry Graul (guitar), Robby Shaffer (drums), Mike Scheuchzer (guitar), Nathan Cochran (bass), Jim Bryson (keys) and Bart Millard (vocals)—worshipping the Lord and leading others in His praise is very much a life-long calling. That commitment has guided the band through the creation of six independent projects and 6 albums as one of the flagship artists of INO Records.

MercyMe’s beginnings can be traced back to Bart Millard’s football-hungry hometown Greenville, Texas. “My dad and my older brother were both football players,” Bart recalls, “so naturally, that’s what I wanted to do as well.  But I broke both my ankles in a high school football game and that ended my career.  Our football practices took place during the school day—sort of a substitute for Phys. Ed.  So since I couldn’t dress out for practice, I had to move into another elective class, and choir was the only thing open at that point in the semester. I reluctantly joined the choir and as it turned out, I had a great choir teacher and also had a very encouraging music minister at my church, who both prodded me to get more involved, do solos and so forth.”

During his freshman year of high school, Bart’s father had contracted cancer, which five years later claimed his life during the first semester of Bart’s college career. “I felt like I needed to get away, start fresh,” remembers Bart.  “My youth pastor had moved to Lakeland, Florida and asked me if I’d be interested in coming down there and working with his praise band.  I moved there at the end of my first year of college. That was the first time I ever did anything with a band—just a local youth group who played for a Wednesday night service. But I fell in love with it immediately.”

After becoming friends through a series of weekend youth conventions, Jim and Bart were picked to head a worship team that traveled to Europe in the summer of 1994. Their praise team was so well received that the duo began sensing the Lord leading them into full time musical ministry. Mike came on board in August 1994, and the three relocated to Jim’s hometown of Oklahoma City becoming MercyMe.

In just a year’s time, MercyMe was attracting the attention of local promoters. An opening stint for an Audio Adrenaline concert led to the band forging a friendship with AA manager Scott Brickell, now also filling that role for MercyMe. Bart says that at Brickell’s encouragement, the band made its next major move—to Nashville.  “It took almost a year to get a showcase arranged,” recalls Bart.  “When we finally did, we played at a little church for some label representatives and a few hundred kids.  We basically played all the songs on our one little album.  The kids demanded an encore and since we had been playing praise and worship songs for these youth conventions and camps, we went back and began to worship.  As we left the stage a second time with all of them still singing the choruses, I think that was the very first time the band realized how important praise and worship was to us.”

At the invitation of an evangelist friend in Dallas, MercyMe again moved, this time to Texas.  Quickly, the band found itself playing as many as 200 dates in a year, with their musical focus on praise and worship with a modern rock/pop flair.  “I could see a difference immediately after that showcase,” affirms Bart.  “We had always thought ‘you do a showcase, you sign a deal, you make records for the ccm market.’  God made it clear the role MercyMe was to play was to help meet the growing hunger for praise and worship music.”

Nathan, Robby and Barry have also been a vital part of the mission of MercyMe.  “I think these are a tremendously talented group of guys,” Bart enthuses, “but from the beginning, we’ve always said we know there are lots of talented musicians out there.  But spiritually, it would be hard for me to find more godly men.  I really believe all of us have been called to be worship leaders.  Each of us has a unique gift that kids relate to in different ways.”

Bart says that having enjoyed success as an independent act, it took an astonishing set of circumstances to convince MercyMe it needed to sign a major label deal.  “We were literally fulfilling all the roles an artist usually hires out—management, booking, marketing.  We finally realized that we had played for nearly 200,000 people during 1999 and were selling albums at the same pace as many nationally known artists.  Administratively, we were in over our heads to the point where we couldn’t have CDs printed as fast as we were selling them. We knew we needed help in fulfilling what God had called MercyMe to do.” So MercyMe began charting its future course with INO Records and Brickhouse Entertainment.

Now with 6 albums and over 13 years after their founding, the guys of MercyMe still find themselves passionate about leading people in worship and hope that their music will continue to direct people to Christ.

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Spoken For
The Christmas Sessions
All That Is Within Me
The Generous Mr. Lovewell
Coming Up To Breathe
Almost There
The Hurt And The Healer
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New Orchestration From Mercy Me

Mercy Me | April 10, 2011 | Categories: News

From the Mercy Me album Spoken For is the new orchestration The Love Of God.  Also available from the album is the orchestration for Word Of God Speak. More

New Orchestration From Mercy Me

Mercy Me, PraiseCharts | September 10, 2010 | Categories: News

Download, print and play the orchestration for All Of Creation from Mercy Me's new album The Generous Mr. Lovewell. More

MercyMe’s The Generous Mr. Lovewell Gives Band Highest Chart Debut

Mercy Me, Bart Millard, CMSpin | June 4, 2010 | Categories: News

Last week, INO Records’ multi-platinum and award-winning band MercyMe unleashed The Generous Mr. Lovewell, giving the band the highest chart debut of their career, bowing in at No. 3 in the nation on Billboard’s Top 200 SoundScan Chart, and No. 1 on the overall Contemporary Christian SoundScan chart.   The album is the No. 1 selling record at Family Christian Stores, Lifeway, Mardel, Berean and most other Christian bookstores, has already More

Mercyme and Others 'Love Well' All Across The U.S.

Mercy Me, CMSpin | May 14, 2010 | Categories: News

On May 4th, the multi-platinum selling, Grammy®-nominated & American Music Award winning band MercyMe will release “The Generous Mr. Lovewell.” The album has already garnered a No.1 Billboard Christian AC and No.1 iTunes® Top Christian Song with “All of Creation,” almost four weeks before the release date. More

Downloads of "I Can Only Imagine" Surpass 1 Million

Mercy Me, Bart Millard, CMSpin, PraiseCharts | April 21, 2010 | Categories: News

Once again MercyMe has made history as their massive multi-format single “I Can Only Imagine” recently surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain. Simultaneously, their last studio record, All That Is Within Me, received RIAA Gold certification, continuing to place MercyMe in the unique position of having had all of their studio recordings receive gold More

Life Set to Music: Bart Millard Shares the Story Behind "I Can Only Imagine"

Paul Baloche, Mercy Me | January 14, 2010 | Categories: Blogs | Tags: ,

When Bart was 19 years old, his father died. He heard all the cliches about how wonderful Heaven was, but somehow he couldn’t get a grip on it. As he struggled with eternity, he found himself writing the phrase “I can only imagine” over and over again. He says, “I did know Dad was in a better place, and that started me thinking about what he was seeing there.  Things we could never fathom here. It brought peace and hope to me...” More

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Fox News

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Today Show

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Good Day – Dallas News

Dallas News | Great to play on Good Day – Dallas News today. Thanks for watching everyone.The post Good Day – Dallas News appeared first on MercyMe.

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Egg Roulette With Wally

We had a blast with Wally and friends a couple days ago. Well, everyone but Mike & Wally I guess.The post Egg Roulette With Wally appeared first on MercyMe.

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LIVE – CD Release Party

We had a blast at Judson University last night. Thanks to everyone who came out. Thanks to KLOVE for making it all happen, and thanks to everyone who watched online. If you missed it, here’s our acoustic live set from last night. Thanks again everyone.The post LIVE – CD Release Party appeared first on MercyMe.

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New Release Tuesday Review

A Hearty Welcome | Posted March 31, 2014 Staff Reviewer When you hear a band like MercyMe declare that it is “out with the old and in with the new,” there are several different things your mind can think. Longtime fans of the group that has penned some of the most well-loved songs in CCM (“I Can OnlyRead MoreThe post New Release Tuesday Review appeared first on MercyMe.

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Wishful Thinking

People have asked if this new passion for identity and grace shows up on the upcoming MercyMe album “Welcome To The New”…April 8 by the way (wink) Yes. Hence the title of the album and the name of this blog “TheNewBart” But just in case you’re not sold, here’s a song from said album. ThanksRead MoreThe post Wishful Thinking appeared first on MercyMe.

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Proper I.D. Required

Did you know the enemy most likely has a better grasp of who you are in Christ than you do? Roughly 2 years ago, a couple of dear friends helped me realize this. Daily they would remind me who I am in Christ. Constantly telling me I’m holy, righteous and redeemed. And you know what?Read MoreThe post Proper I.D. Required appeared first on MercyMe.

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01 May 2013 – Nashville, Tenn – K-LOVE, the leading Christian radio network with a weekly listenership of over 13 million people, is bringing the first ever fan-voted award show in Christian music history to Nashville. The K-LOVE Fan Awards will be held on Saturday, June 1st at 7:30pm at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. StartingRead MoreThe post PEPSI ANNOUNCED AS PRESENTING SPONSOR FOR THE INAUGURAL K-LOVE FAN AWARDS appeared first on MercyMe.

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