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Although praise & worship band MercyMe was founded in 1994, vocalist Bart Millard says that the group's birth was a process God began in him during high school. Millard recalls, "My dad and my older brother were both football players. 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." Due to the injury, Millard was left with an elective class to fill and reluctantly joined the only available option: choir. With the prodding of his choir director, he was soon actively involved. During Millard's first semester in college, he was faced with the death of his father to cancer. The loss caused him to look for a change and a fresh start. Millard's youth pastor, who had recently moved from Millard's hometown of Greenville, Texas to Lakeland, Florida, invited him to work with the youth praise band. He accepted the offer and moved at the end of his freshman year of college. Millard says that his praise band involvement marked "the first time I had ever done anything with a band -- just a local youth group who played for a Wednesday night service. But I fell in love with it immediately." It wasn't long after that Millard became friends with keyboardist Jim Bryson. In the summer of 1994, the two traveled to Europe as part of a praise team. The trip caused Millard and Bryson to consider full-time music ministry. In August of 1994, guitarist Mike Scheuchzer made the duo a trio. The three, who had moved to Oklahoma City, formed MercyMe. From there the group began to attract local promoters and found themselves opening for Audio Adrenaline. Following this, the band moved to Nashville and then to Texas. Their concerts grew to 200 dates per year. Bassist Nathan Cochran and percussionist Robby Shaffer joined the group, turning it from a trio into a five-member band. MercyMe, with six independent projects to their credit, signed with INO Records and released Almost There in August 2001. Thanks to the Dove Award-winning single "I Can Only Imagine," it topped the Christian charts, made the Top 40 in the overall album charts, and eventually went platinum. A rootsier album, Spoken For, followed in 2002 and also performed well on the charts; it also earned the band three more Dove Awards. In 2003, veteran Christian rocker Barry Graul of Whitecross joined the band as a second guitarist. MercyMe's third album Undone followed one year later, and again earned the group commercial and chart success; in addition to further action on the Christian and album charts, MercyMe singles "Here with Me" and "Homesick" earned play on adult contemporary radio, marking a new frontier for the band. The Christmas Sessions appeared in the fall of 2005, and the band's fourth album Coming Up to Breathe arrived in April 2006. With a sharper sound less indebted to soft rock, it earned raves from critics and still charted at number 13 on Billboard's album charts. The church-focused All That Is Within Me appeared in 2007, and also broke into the Top 20 of the album charts. The best-of 10 followed in 2009, and MercyMe recorded a concept album titled The Generous Mr. Lovewell for their sixth studio LP. It earned critical respect and commercial success, including a debut at number three on the overall album charts and three number one singles on the Christian chart ("All of Creation," "Beautiful," and "Move"). In 2012, The Hurt & the Healer followed, peaking at number seven on the charts and earning more critical acclaim. Eighth proper album Welcome to the New was released in April 2014, with a rootsier but danceable sound. A Christmas album, MercyMe, It's Christmas, arrived in time for 2015 holiday season. ~ Ashleigh Kittle
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Albums by
MercyMe

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    9 songs

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    The Platinum Collection

    11 songs

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    MercyMe, It's Christmas!

    10 songs

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    Welcome to the New

    11 songs

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    The Worship Sessions

    10 songs

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    The Hurt & the Healer

    11 songs

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    The Generous Mr. Lovewell

    27 songs

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    10

    13 songs

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    Coming Up to Breathe: Acoustic

    10 songs

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    All That Is Within Me

    13 songs

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    Coming Up to Breathe

    14 songs

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    Coming Up to Breathe [Bonus Track]

    12 songs

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    The Christmas Sessions

    13 songs

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    Undone

    11 songs

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    Spoken For

    11 songs

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    Almost There

    11 songs

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    Almost There [Original]

    5 songs

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    The Hurt & The Healer - Performance Track - EP

    32 songs

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    Almost There [5th Anniversary Edition]

    1 song

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    Christmastime Again

    1 song

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    Joy

    1 song

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    Bring The Rain - The Original Accompaniment Track as Performed by MercyMe

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    Finally Home - The Original Accompaniment Track as performed by MercyMe

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    Homesick - The Original Accompaniment Track as Performed by MercyMe

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    I Can Only Imagine - The Original Accompaniment Track as Performed by MercyMe

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Top Songs by
MercyMe

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    Popularity
  2.   I Can Only Imagine
  3.   Dear Younger Me
  4.   The Hurt & the Healer
  5.   Flawless
  6.   Greater
  7.   A Holly Jolly Christmas
  8.   I'll Be Home for Christmas
  9.   Move
  10.   Beautiful
  11.   God With Us
  12.   You Are I Am
  13.   You Reign
  14.   O Holy Night
  15.   Shake
  16.   Word of God Speak
  17.   Bring the Rain
  18.   Spoken For
  19.   Homesick
  20.   Finally Home
  21.   So Long Self
  22.   In the Blink of an Eye
  23.   Finish What He Started
  24.   Wishful Thinking
  25.   Hold Fast
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Stations & Shows Featuring
MercyMe

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    MercyMe: I Am The DJ

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    Christian Hits

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    WOW Christmas Radio

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    WOW Hits Radio

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    Q102 Christmas Hits

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    New Holiday Hits

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    Mix 94.9's Christmas Mixer

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    Top Christmas Hits

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    Holiday Deep Dive

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    Nothing But Love Songs

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    Classic Soft Hits


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