The Christian rock band MercyMe first came together in Greenville, Texas back in 1994. The band- consisting now of Bart Millard, Nathan Cochran, Michael John Scheuchzer, Robin Shaffer, and Barry Graul- is best known for their hit, “I Can Only Imagine.” 

After enduring the death of his father during his freshman year of college, Bart decided to get involved with his church’s worship band. Shortly after, Bart got some guys together who all had the same goal in mind- playing music that could impact people. “My father’s death shaped everything I do in this band,” says Bart. “It’s the way I relate to people, the way I do things, the way I approach things. At that age, watching my dad wither away made me grow up really, really fast. It’s probably the pinnacle of my life.” The band came up with the name MercyMe after Bart's grandmother said, “Well Mercy me, why don't you get a real job?” Referring to his choice to pursue a career in music.

After getting the attention of a record label, the band released their debut album Almost There in 2001, which featured the single, “I Can Only Imagine.” In 2002, the band released their second album Spoken For, which contained the song, “Word of God Speak.” MercyMe followed that up with Undone in 2003, Coming up to Breathe in 2006,  All That is With In Me in 2007, The Generous Mr. Lovewell in 2010, The Worship Sessions in 2011, and The Hurt & The Healer in 2012, featuring the song, “You Are I Am.”

After a difficult couple of years losing many loved ones, the band took a new approach with their latest album Welcome To The New (April 8, 2014),  which features the songs, “Shake" and "Greater.” With this record MercyMe has entered a new era, freeing themselves from their traditional life in legalism and embracing the grace of Christ. “I've been a Christian since I was 13, so for me to become militant is exactly what the enemy wanted to do, so I've learned to be a little more gracious,” Bart says. “Legalism or the lack of legalism is not what makes us Christian. We can be in the most legalistic church and come to know Jesus and remain legalistic, but because of the grace of God we are still going to make it to Heaven. The difference is perspective.  Because of your perspective you can miss out on the joy that Christ desires us to have here on earth.”

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