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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
Undone
Almost There
The Hurt And The Healer
Welcome To The New
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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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Franklin, NC

What a perfect way to close out an amazing tour. Franklin, North Carolina, first of all you’re city is beautiful, your weather was awesome, and the family fun center next door to the venue was spectacular. We had a blast today. Thanks to everyone who came out tonight and everyone who came out to thisRead MoreThe post Franklin, NC appeared first on MercyMe.

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Live From Nashville

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Brunswick, OH

There’s something special about a packed out church singing as loud as you guys did tonight, Ohio. You guys were a ROCK crowd. Thanks for spending your night with us. We had a blast. And oh hey…. TOMORROW night we are broadcasting live from Nashville right here at MERCYME.ORG so make sure you get someRead MoreThe post Brunswick, OH appeared first on MercyMe.

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Belton, TX

Belton. Here’s the deal. You guys were easily the best crowd of the tour so far. What a great night. Thanks for hanging out with us. Awesome to have the boys from The Digital Age in the room tonight. If you haven’t checked out their music, what are you waiting for? We’re headed home forRead MoreThe post Belton, TX appeared first on MercyMe.

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Andrews, TX

What in the world? Who knew there were this many people out here?! There was a ton of you folks here tonight. We had a blast hanging out with you guys tonight. You’ve made Texas proud. For those of you that have been to the shows so far this tour. What’s your favorite part ofRead MoreThe post Andrews, TX appeared first on MercyMe.

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Clovis, NM

New Mexico, you guys were awesome tonight. Thanks for hanging out with us. Tonight was our first time here, and we had a blast. Make sure to tag us in your photos if you post them on Facebook or Instagram. We'd love to see them.The post Clovis, NM appeared first on MercyMe.

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Abilene, TX

WTTN_Tour_27_WebAbilene. You've got some WIND! You know today Jamie's bus door almost blew off? We had a blast tonight though. Thanks for hanging out and singing your hearts out with us.You guys also have a pretty cool zoo. Even if there's some pretty creepy snakes in there.We're headed home for a couple days, but we'll be back at it on Wednesday. Thanks again Abilene. Make sure to tag us in your photos from the night. We'd love to see them.The post Abilene, TX appeared first on MercyMe.

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Winnie, TX

Winnie, Texas – You guys were amazing tonight. We had a blast hanging out at Nutty Jerry’s with you guys. What a unique place and a heck of a crowd. Thanks for making it a special night. Here’s a couple photos – make sure to check out more photos from the tour on our FacebookRead MoreThe post Winnie, TX appeared first on MercyMe.

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Shreveport, LA

Louisiana, you people know how to get down! We saw some folks up in the rafters dancing around with us tonight. We had a blast with you Shreveport. Thanks for coming out. Hey one thing we’re using more of this tour is Instagram. Make sure you’re following us over there. We’re also planning on givingRead MoreThe post Shreveport, LA appeared first on MercyMe.

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Tuscaloosa, AL

What an amazing way to kick off this tour. Alabama you guys were amazing, the night was beautiful, the weather was perfect. We can’t think of a better way to start sharing these new songs with everyone. Come to the show tonight? We’re curious to know what your favorite part was. Shreveport we’re headed yourRead MoreThe post Tuscaloosa, AL appeared first on MercyMe.

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