Music > Artists > Christian & Gospel
August, 1994

Christian & Gospel

Years Active:
'90s, '00s, '10s



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, TX, to Lakeland, FL, 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 the 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 now lived in Oklahoma City, formed MercyMe. From there the group begin to attract local promoters and found themselves opening for Audio Adrenaline. Following this, the band moved to Nashville, TN, 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. In 2003, the group was nominated for the Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist at the American Music Awards. MercyMe released Undone in 2004 and Coming Up to Breathe in 2006. In September 2007, the band embarked on a tour to promote All That Is Within Me, which was released in November that same year.

Top Albums

The Worship Sessions, MercyMe
1. The Worship ..
The Generous Mr. Lovewell, MercyMe
2. The Generous..
The Hurt & The Healer, MercyMe
3. The Hurt &am..
All That Is Within Me, MercyMe
4. All That Is ..
The Christmas Sessions, MercyMe
5. The Christma..
Almost There, MercyMe
6. Almost There
iTunes Originals: MercyMe, MercyMe
7. iTunes Origi..
10 (Deluxe Version), MercyMe
8. 10 (Deluxe V..
Spoken For, MercyMe
9. Spoken For
Coming Up to Breathe (Acoustic), MercyMe
10. Coming Up to..
I Can Only Imagine - EP, MercyMe
11. I Can Only I..
Coming Up to Breathe, MercyMe
12. Coming Up to..
Undone, MercyMe
13. Undone
Almost There (Platinum Edition), MercyMe
14. Almost There..
Word of God Speak (As Made Popular by MercyMe) [Performance Track] - EP, MercyMe
15. Word of God ..
Here With Me (Live) - Single, MercyMe
16. Here With Me..
Finally Home - EP, MercyMe
17. Finally Home..
Homesick - EP, MercyMe
18. Homesick - E..
Bring the Rain - EP, MercyMe
19. Bring the Ra..
The Hurt & the Healer (Performance Tracks) - EP, MercyMe
20. The Hurt &am..

Top Songs

I Can Only ImagineAlmost There4:08$1.29
You Are I AmHurt & The Healer4:20$1.29
HungryWorship Sessions2:53$1.29
MoveGenerous Mr. Lovewell2:57$1.29
Hurt & The HealerHurt & The Healer4:50$1.29
Word of God SpeakiTunes Originals: MercyMe3:07$1.29
BeautifulGenerous Mr. Lovewell4:21$1.29
Mighty To SaveWorship Sessions4:14$1.29
All of CreationGenerous Mr. Lovewell3:56$1.29
In Christ AloneWorship Sessions4:27$1.29
Come Thou FountWorship Sessions5:01$1.29
Finally HomeAll That Is Within Me3:30$1.29
HomesickiTunes Originals: MercyMe3:38$1.29
God With UsAll That Is Within Me5:52$1.29
There Is a FountainWorship Sessions3:07$1.29
My GloriousWorship Sessions4:44$1.29
Just As I Am (Oh Come)Worship Sessions4:01$1.29
HosannaWorship Sessions4:14$1.29
Psalm 139 (You Are There)Worship Sessions4:19$1.29
Messiah / You're BeautifulWorship Sessions3:26$1.29
Bring the RainComing Up to Breathe (Acous..5:21$1.29
Word of God SpeakSpoken For3:07$1.29
I Can Only Imagine (iTunes Originals..iTunes Originals: MercyMe4:11$1.29
Bring the Rain (iTunes Originals Ver..iTunes Originals: MercyMe5:25$1.29
Spoken ForSpoken For4:09$1.29

Top Music Videos

I Can Only Imagine, MercyMe
1. I Can Only Ima..
I Can Only Imagine, MercyMe
2. I Can Only Ima..
I Can Only Imagine (Live In Hawaii), MercyMe
3. I Can Only Ima..
Bring the Rain (Live In Hawaii), MercyMe
4. Bring the Rain..
I Can Only Imagine, MercyMe
5. I Can Only Ima..
You Reign, MercyMe
6. You Reign
So Long Self, MercyMe
7. So Long Self
God With Us, MercyMe
8. God With Us
Finally Home, MercyMe
9. Finally Home
All That Is Within Me Press Kit
10. All That Is Wi..
Bring the Rain (Live In Hawaii), MercyMe
11. Bring the Rain..
I Can Only Imagine (Live In Hawaii), MercyMe
12. I Can Only Ima..
I Can Only Imagine, MercyMe
13. I Can Only Ima..
In the Studio With the Generous Mr. Lovewell, MercyMe
14. In the Studio ..
The Story Behind 'I Can Only Imagine', MercyMe
15. The Story Behi..
Gospel Music Channel's Faith & Fame - MercyMe, MercyMe
16. Gospel Music C..


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