“Ask MercyMe” – Nate (Answers)

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Well, You asked and Nathan answered. He answered every single one of the questions he had by yesterday. So if you want a little window into the man that is Nathan Cochran check out some of his answers. Next week is Mike, so get those questions ready.

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1: JoshQ: What got you into music and what made you choose the bass?
A: I guess my family was the biggest musical influence on me growing up. My dad taught me how to play the guitar. I picked up the bass, more to fill a need than anything, and played on the church worship team in my home town. Funny; I didn’t even own a bass when I left to join MM. The old bass player Kendal passed his on to me the day he left. I really do enjoy playing bass, but I don’t really use it as a song writing tool.

2: Joey McFarland
Q: Do you have kids? How many do you have? If you do, is it hard to balance being a dad and being on the road? How do you guys work that out?
A: I do have two kids. I enjoy every moment with them. I am not sure that there is a good way to balance being on the road and being home. There isn’t really a way to replace being there face to face. This is the biggest issue we face in our line of work. Since we are married and have children then we are called to be husbands and fathers first. MercyMe has to be secondary. Which can be difficult when this job takes us away and occupies so much of our time and attention. If we figure out the perfect formula for this we will let everyone know!

3: Heidi
Q: When did you put your faith in Christ? What is the biggest thing He changed about you
A: I gave my life to Christ at a young age. 10 or 11 I think it was. The biggest change about me was that I have been given grace. If we really dive into what that means I think that we cannot help but be changed.

4: Ray
Q: I was recently listening to the band on Coming Up To Breathe, specifically the bass since I play one too. I just wanted to know how you get that great sound out of the Fender Jazz? I’ve got a 1976 Jazz and can’t make it sound that fat yet punchy for the life of me.
A: Ahhhhhhh a bass gear question!! First, thanks for asking. Bass players get no respect! HAHA! Hmm. Well, thanks for your kind words about my work on Coming Up To Breathe. That was a fun record to make. For most of it I did use my Jazz Bass through my Ashdown ABM 900 head and into an Ampeg cab that I had at the time. It is a little unfair to compare your tone to the tones on a record. I had my amp running and a direct signal going at the same time. The direct and amp both get run through eq’s and compressors to make them sit just right in the mix. So don’t get discouraged by the comparison. But I do love the way my Ashdown amps sound. They are the best bass amps I have ever played. I also use a Sansamp Bass Driver live. It has always rounded out my sound nicely. Really, if you get to a place where you are happy with your tone that is all that matters.

5: Cynthia
Q: I’m a fellow Missourian. Where do you hail from, and how did you hook up with the MM guys?
A: I am originally from Columbia, MO. I was born there and lived there until August of ‘97 when I joined MM and moved with them to Texas. Robby (our drummer) and I grew up going to church together. He moved to Oklahoma where he met Bart, Mike and Jim. Started playing with them. Then when they were in need of a new bassist Robby said he knew an old friend from MO that played, and oh yeah was also dating his sister! So he called, and the rest is history.

6: Carter
Q:What’s your favorite band besides MercyMe?? What’s your Favorite MercyMe song?
A: Favorite Band……. Diving Blind Favorite MM song………Unaware

7: wes
Q: Who is your favorite mm crew guy?????
A: I love all our crew guys equally. Like my children. hahahaha.

8: MMMike
Q: In a battle of wits… who would win… you or Yoda?
A: We already had this battle. I won!

9: Robbie
Q: When is your birthday? Do you have any siblings? I know your wife is Robby’s sister so that kind of answers the how you met her but when did you meet her and realize that she was the one? What kind of jobs did you have prior to MM?
A: My birthday is 5/26. I do have one younger sister, who is a superb vocalist herself. But don’t tell her I said so. My wife Amanda and I grew up going to church together, but it wasn’t until after I graduated from high school that we started “hanging out”. I remember going out to eat with her and some friends one night. Our friends got up from the table leaving us by ourselves for a bit. I remember looking at her in that candle lit restaurant and falling in love all at once. It was like I had never seen her before. I had all sorts of jobs before MM. Here is a brief list:Lawn mowerRooferDishwasher at Golden CorralLowe’s home improvement warehouseWorked at church a lot since my parents were the pastors.

10: Karen
Q: Have you guys ever consider the idea of a girl in the band??
A: No, I can sing all the high female vocal parts so we don’t need a girl in the band. haha.

11: TLC
Q: I wish ya’ll would come out with a window decal for my car that I could buy at a concert or on the website were your tshirts are sold. Something like “Mercy Me” in an arch w/ “Glorifying God” under that.? Are you still adding blogs?
A: Maybe we should try a whole line of trial merch stuff. Like MM bobble heads. We could use more stickers. Good idea. And Yes, we are adding blogs.

12: Emma
Q: What’s your favorite color? Coke or Pepsi?
A: Favorite color……….the leaves changing in the fall. Coke or Pepsi??!!……..Mountain Dew!!!

13: Tim
Q: What bass player is your biggest influence?
A: Probably Paul McCartney. Not just for his bass playing but his song writing as well. A few other bassists I really like are- Justin Meldal Johnsen, Adam Clayton, Preston Martinez.

14: Andrew Glover
Q: Nate, I read that Robby is getting his feet wet as a manager for bands, he’s still with Mercy Me right?
A: Robby is still the drummer for MM. None of us are going anywhere. Just…. pursuing new things at the same time. Keep your eyes and ears ready for more news.;)

15: Jeannie
Q: Do you know if there is any way to buy a copy of the video of 3:42 am that some of us MM fans sent in and was played at the Coming up to Breathe concert last year?? (And BTW, it was really COOL to see my cute kidlet and nieces and nephews on the large screen at the Erie PA concert)
A: There is nowhere as of yet to get that video. I believe that we still have it on a hard drive somewhere. It was a fun video! I will do some research on it for ya!

16: Ezekiel Lopez
Q: Who’s the youngest in the band?
A: I happen to be the youngest member of MM.

17: Sandi
Q: What’s the easiest/best way to get the chance to me ya’ll?
A: Sorry you had waited so long. Well it really depends on the show. If you are on the west coast we are usually flying in and out so that puts a bigger crunch on our time. If you can contact your local radio when we come to town that is usually a good way to get back. Or, just send us an email and we will see what we can do. No promises though. Sometimes things are out of our control.

18: Your Sister
Q: How hard is it to have a sister WAY cooler than you are? Hehehe
A: Who let you on here!?

19: Wes
Q: How’s Bruce Cavalowski doing?
A: Bruce is doing just fine. Still waiting for that calculus book.

20: LoriAnn
Q: Nathan, MercyMe has proven to my son that “Christian” music can be awesome and relevant in our lives. Does the band ever play small venues anymore? My favorite MM song is “Spoken For”. God bless you all for your joyous message!
A: We still play all types of venues. Really just depends on who or what event is having us in. I am glad that our music is blessing your family. That is why we do what we do. If we stop hearing that, I think that is when we will quit.

21: Brenda
Q: Hey Nate, How do you manage being on the road soooo much and family time, time for God and time for you and time for the band etc…? You all are awesome!! Just got back to Florida from TN ( man it cold up there) and I listened to “all that is within me” for hours LOL!!! Thanks and God Bless.
A: Well, I guess we have to just take it all in stride. Time for family is every moment I can get. Time for MM is either full on and crazy or a bit slow. But the slow moments are few. Time for God is every moment. Not that I walk around in constant communication with God, no one is a spiritual superman. I realized a long time ago that my walk with Christ is very personal and is not the responsibility of anyone else but myself. So even though I may not be home every sunday for church that doesn’t mean I can’t spend time with God. I guess that applies to all of us.

22: Karen Levy
Q: I am such a fan of the band and am inspired by each and every song. Recently I saw a small informal Mercy Me concert on some channel; goodness, I am sorry that I can’t remember which channel. In this concert they talked about writing and then sang the sweetest song that apparently was written on the fly about the 10 Commandments that was for children. I have tried to find the lyrics to that somewhere and have not been able to. Is there a chance that I could get the lyrics and even just the chorus to that song as it is a great teaching tool for children and adults alike to remember the 10 commandments?
A: Ahh ha. Yes that song is called “Ten Simple Rules”. It was part of a kids show called Hoop Dogz. It was our way of spelling out the 10 commandments in a way that kids would hopefully remember and understand. One of these days I will post the lyrics.

23: P Scrumshish Tinez
Q: I heard you are also in another band that is the rocktasticist rock band to ever rock a rock. Is this accurate?
A: Hmmm, such rumors could have some truth behind them. Patience friends.

24: mcwesty
Q: With your schedules how and when do you find time to spend time in the word. Also how have you been able to stand firm in your faith and love for God with all the trials you have all had over the years. It is a struggle.
A: A lot of times riding on the bus is a great place to get into the word. It can be a bit distracting when everyone is up and doing things, but that usually doesn’t stop us. It really just takes a little discipline to remember to open the word.We have been through a lot the last few years. Loosing loved ones, friends, and helping others through some pretty difficult times. One of the first things you have to do is realize that God did not leave us. Sometimes that is all it takes to calm your spirit and give peace to difficult times. Knowing that God is there doesn’t always make things hurt less, but we know that He will see us through.

25: andrea brightwell
Q: 1. When is your next concert in Greenville? I have been a fan of mm for years and miss the small, intimate concerts and have heard your Greenville concerts are more like that plus I’m sure you enjoy the home crowd.
2. Which MercyMe member has a lake house near Tawakoni near our good friends and Hurst, TX neighbors Mark and Lynn Cowell??
3. Years ago at a six flags concert MM sang a song about the 10 commandments I believe. It was a rainy night and you guys pulled out the stools, sat and sang this song you supposedly wrote if I remember right wrote for a cartoon?? It was amazing! Where can I get a copy of the song??
A: (1) Not sure when the next Greenville stop will be. Probably not til Christmas.(2) Hmmm. None of is live in a “Lake House”. Jim does live near the lake. I get standing water in my yard when it rains hard. Does that count? =)(3) Please refer to question #22

26: Daniel Crowe
Q: Will we ever see the chicken dance in a MercyMe video again?
A: I think that you can find the MM chicken dance on YouTube.

27: Mistie Hardt “Kewpie Friend” Rhode
Q: How’s Amanda and children? Fine, I hope. Is there anywhere I can get a copy of the Ten Commandments song? I can’t find it!
A: Hello fellow Kewpie. Ok so I will expalin. The high school that I went to in Missouri,(Hickman), had a lovable Kewpie as our mascot. I know I know. Sissy mascot. But we did have a powerhouse football team! Some fun trivia for you-I was in the 100th graduating class from Hickman. Jim’s (our Keyboardist) parents also attended Hickman. Just a little over 50 years earlier. Please refer to Question #22 about the song.

28: Becky Bauer
Q: I didn’t start getting close to Christ until maybe a year or so ago. I believe it was the music from MM and so many others like yourselves that got me started, and the church I started to go to has shown me it is a relief to let go and let God in. Keep up the good work through Christ and song and God Bless you all.
A: Thanks for the encouragement! It blesses us to know that God is blessing you through our music.

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  • Sandi

    Hey Nate, thanks for answering out questions. I definately will e-mail you guys the next time you land back in N. CA. What e-mail do you guys suggest I e-mail? Or does myspace do the trick? lol

  • Jeannie

    Thanks so much for taking the time to do this, Nate!! Very cool! 🙂

  • Emma

    So… this was probably one of the coolest ideas ever for a blog. I love that you guys take the time to post on this, it makes my day! Anyway, what’s up with Mountain Dew?? The stuff tastes like dishwater! 😉

  • Brenda

    Hey Nate, Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer questions….thats pretty cool …you guys are just WAY TO AWESOME 🙂 GOD BLESS & PEACE 🙂

  • MMmike

    emma….you better watch what you say about the blessed drink that is held so near to the heart of MercyMe. It is the greatest of all sodas…Dr. Pepper is it’s only true contender.


  • brittany

    hey mm ihave a qustion when are u going to be in wv brittany

  • Britt

    Hey Nate!!!
    I was wondering, who’s the better super hero?? Batman or Spiderman?? Now ultimately, Jesus is the best super hero, but my friend and I are trying to see who agrees with Batman and who agrees with Spiderman. 🙂 By the way, I LOVE MM!!!!!!! 😉

  • Rob

    hey guys, watching your “sessions” on GMC right now and for the first time heard your song “ten simple rules”. wow–where can i get that song and where can i get the chords? I lead children’s worship (5K) at our church here in memphis, and what a GREAT and awesome song. please email me the chords and where i can buy that song! God bless.

  • Tom L

    Hi Nate
    I have a couple of questions I also play bass for my churches praise team. And recently switched over to round wound strings. But they make noise sliding up and down the neck. How do you stop that? And when you are tuning up what song do you pratice messing around. I play “We got out of the PLace” or “Down on the Corner”
    Thanks for great music

  • Carla

    where can i get a downloadable copy of “Ten simple Rules”?
    My daughters lov e the song.
    God Bless

  • Darrel

    Just a request… my wife and I will be celebrating our 14th anniversary tomorrow night (7/23) at your concert. Would love to hear “Last One Standing”.

  • Darcy

    I was at your concert in Costa Mesa on July 23rd and you did a song with a video in the background that had something to do with a man in prison and a soldier, what was the name of that song? This was the second time I have seen Mercy Me perform and you guys are just great! Keep up the wonderful work!

  • Evan

    Have you ever had a churro?

  • Sue Ingram

    Hey Nate, I just LOVE LOVE LOVE u guys…I saw ya’ll at Myrtle Beach at Beach Fest this summer and in Charlotte NC too. U guys have been suchhhhhhhh an inspiration to me. My favorite song in the whole wide world is “Imagine”. When I 1st saw ya’ll in Myr. Beach when u sang it, I felt like Jesus gave me a glimpse of what heaven will be like. I got soooooo filled up with the Spirit. Also my dad passed June 3,04 and I was very very close to him. That is another reason I love the song so much. Will ya’ll ever be coming to Wilmington NC?

    And the graditute grab bag songs are so funny. My favorite ones are Girls Just Wanta Have Fun & Ice Ice Baby & Thriller. I have a request—Mustang Sally….please please
    I hope that you have the time to respond to my e-mail….Sue

  • Trace terrell

    What does the song spoken for mean, what should i get out of it?

  • Louis

    My family is watching you on the Gospel Music Channel and heard you sing Ten Simple Rules. It’s perfect for our Sunday School class. Where can we get a recording of it? Thanks and God Bless!

  • Cindy Carpenter

    I was watching the Gospel Music Channel and also heard the song Ten Simple Rules. Where can I get a recording or I would love it on a DVD for our Kids Worship. Thanks!

  • nataliae jordon

    I too would like a copy of Ten Simple Rules, I’m a youth worship leader at my church. Thanks.

  • Laura


    We were at the concert that you and MercyMe played at the Peckville Assembly of God. You sang a song there and also mentioned your band. Unfortunately, due to my memory being what it is I cannot remember the name of your band. Would you please let me know so that I can find it on the web and get the songs.

    Thank you and God Bless

  • Tony

    Here’s the lyrics to “10 Simple Rules” as I have them memorized. I was so taken by the song when they play in Charleston WV a few years ago, I bought the cartoon just for the song. Thanks for the awesome tune!

    Have no other god but God, to worship idols just won’t do. Be careful in the way you use God’s name, and keep Sunday special too. Honor your parents, don’t take any lives, and when your old enough to marry be true, do not steal or lie or want the things that don’t belong to you, these are 10 simple rules God gave to me and you!

  • John

    Just saw there concert down in Florida, all I can say is FANTASTIC!

  • Tony

    I watched the MercyMe concert last friday on MMTV – I wasn’t sure there’d be the same sense of community you get when you are at the concert…I was not disappointed at all. Online – there was a good discussion – wall to wall praise for Christ. By the time the concert was over – many of us had traded twitter id’s (@n8xja is mine) and this one concert, to praise the Lord, extended our circle of influence and community to include to brothers and sisters I would have never met.

    MM – thank you for the connection

  • PJ

    I was blessed to be at the Rock and Worship Roadshow in Dallas and you guys were awesome! The house was jam packed!! Your music is such a blessing…….. I was hoping you could find out for me what brand of acoustic guitar Jeremy Camp was playing…it was a beautiful black guitar…………Thanks sooooo much! May God continue to bless your ministry…………

  • Amber

    I’m doing a experiment to get a percentage of people who truly believe in God.I know it’s a very stupid question but I need to get some votes, but I have to say

  • Paige Theby

    So you are performing in St. Charles on April 30. Last year my father was cured of Lymphoma, and a week later my boyfriends father was diagnosed with lung cancer. It was very difficult for him to handle and when i showed him your songs and other christian artists, it helped him realize God was on his side. Unfortunately his father passed in November. At the funeral we sang “I can only imagine” It would be so awesome if you guys could give a shout out to his father, Tom Dunsford! I know that would mean so much to my boyfriend and I because he is the one who is taking me to the concert. You guys are amazing!! Thank you for the hope you have brought so many people.

  • Alexis

    Thank you so much for writing I Can Only Imagine. I watched the movie again tonight, and hearing the song made me cry but for a good cause, it made me think long and hard about things. It made me change my life around, a guy asked us tonight if there was anyone in my life that I needed to forgive and hearing this song just incourages me to stand up and forgive, which is what I did. It incourage me because he forgave his father for all things he did and wrote a song for him, so I thought if he can forgive so can I. Basically what I am saying is thank you so much for writing a song that is changing my life around. It was amazing that you told your story behind I Can Only Imagine, for some people it would be hard too. How hard was to film the movie?

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