Ask MercyMe – Bart’s Turn

Most of you might not remember, but a long time ago we did a thing on the blog called “Ask MercyMe”. Most of the guys got to go and for some reason we forgot to get around to asking me any questions.

It took a while, but I thought this would be a fun thing to get going again. So it’s my turn for “Ask MercyMe”. Ask anything you want and I’ll try to answer as many as I can. What do you want to know?

  • http://Website Jennifer Eckert

    2 part question as the answer could be the same song: What song do you hear about the most from fans and what song if you don’t do in concert, you’ll never hear the end of it?

  • http://evoulie.com Evan

    Why won’t you post the churro song?

  • Tricia

    What is your favorite song to sing? What do you do when you are not touring?

  • Ms Karen

    What are your favorite cookies? I’m planning to enter cookies again this year at the Kansas State Fair and thought I could share some with you guys on the 18th of Sept. (I’ve placed 1st in both sugar and snickerdoodle in the past.)

  • Zachary Kinney

    What is the story behind homesick. Like where did the idea for the song come from

  • http://lucinhahelena.blogspot.com Lucinha

    Hi! I’m from Brazil and I would like to know if you guys have intention to come play here someday…
    Pleaaaase come to BRAZIL!!!!!! :)
    God bless you guys….

  • http://Website Jack

    How do you write your songs? Does the vocal part get written to fit the music, or vice versa?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rockaffix Richard Kendle

    How did you guys get your “big break?”

  • http://Website victoria trapani

    Do you ever miss working with the Planet Wisdom
    ministry and Mark Matlock?
    Do you currently work with any other youth ministries?

  • Heather B.

    What one food item do you hope there will be in heaven?

  • http://Website May

    I love the song Bring the Rain , what inspires you to write a song like that ?

  • http://facebook.com/krozar Jared

    Another 2 part: After all the dancing, falling to your knees, awing, and whatever else you do… what will be the first thing you say to, or ask Jesus?
    Part 2: Who do you crave to see the most in Heaven, besides Jesus.

  • http://Website Julie Smithey

    Can you please come to Southern Louisiana? When you do, can you do tweet and greets? Thanks and God Bless!

  • http://www.whatsthislifefor.posterous.com Toby

    I’ve been in Germany for 3yrs (our youth pastor went to camp with ya’all in Switzerland back in the day). We leave…me and the kids to the states, the wife to Afghanistan….in about 5 months.
    Oh yeah, a question:
    When can I book you guys to play at our church?? Or better yet, in a hanger on Ramstein AFB?? :-)

  • http://Website Amy

    What is your craziest “fan meet and greet” story?

  • http://Website Pokinatcha

    What’s your favorite book of the Bible, do you write your own material & most importantly besides when are you coming back to Hawaii….

    What ever happened with this? http://mercyme.org/2009/06/09/alright-dance-off/

  • http://Website noelle

    when does rock and worship roadshow start?

  • Tom Golly

    2 questions… 1. Why wont you accept me as a facebook friend? 2. Why do you guys never come to long island or NYC ??

  • http://Website Jason Yazzie

    Forgot to ask you are you guys excited your coming to the Navajo Nation?

  • http://delicious.com/milligan00 Rena Ball

    How did you get your group’s name?

  • Em

    Would you all come back to the Rio Grande Valley?? We miss you!!!

  • Em

    Would you all come back to the Rio Grande Valley?? We miss you!!! Mercedes, TX!!

  • Rhea Bender

    First of all, MercyMe is one of my all-time favorite bands. I think I’ve seen you 3 times and it’s always an extremely blessed time of worship. I thank God for you! My question is, do your families come with you when you’re on the road? I’m a big baby when my hubby is away, so whenever I see on Facebook that you guys are doing a concert, I pray for your families. :)

  • http://Website Will Rieske

    Is it frustrating, not being able to reveal your musical skill?
    Is it frustrating to have so many hits, that they consume most of a setlist?

  • Jessica

    When are you all planning to make a new album?? I am really diggin’ “The Generous Mr. Lovewell”!! I want to hear more!!

  • Jessica

    When are you all going to make a new album?? I am really diggin’ “The Generous Mr. Lovewell” a lot!!! I want to hear more!!

  • http://Website Rebekah Mongold

    How much did you enjoy having Family Force 5 on the Rock and Worship Roadshow?

  • David Goei

    I know you guys don’t do demos and stuff but can I GIVE you guys a song for free? God put it in my heart and only a voice like Bart’s is going to really do the chorus any justice…

    And if you cannot answer that, then how did you go about getting spotted? Being a worship leader as a full time career would completely rock!

  • http://mghollis.blogspot.com Melinda

    Who all plays and sings on the Hymned albums? How did you get the idea for them? (I really like the old time songs.) And are you planning on making any more?

    My 11 year old daughter loves Mr. Lovewell and has the song in her head. She wanted to know if it was a real person. I think I have her hooked on Mercy Me now. :D

  • http://Website Lisa (aka SunnySide)

    Hmmm…I can’t think of how to word my question. You know the written word is tough sometimes! How about this: How ya doin’ Bart? How’s the family?

  • Elvis

    Why is Jim the coolest guy in the whole wide world.

  • http://Website Ledonna

    When are you guys comin’ to Australia????….(have been doin’ the whole patience thing for years now!!…;p)….LOTS of fans down here…;)

  • Phil

    We are some of your biggest fans from Canada. Any plans on coming to Southern Ontario?

  • Carol

    WHEN are you coming to Belfast Northern Ireland?

  • http://Website Cheryl

    Have you always been this funny! Love the concerts and the tweets because they always make me smile.

  • http://Website Sherry Ward

    Hello Bart ,I would like to know how you ever managed to get through those concerts (Rock and Worship)when you had that terrible cold.I watched nearly every show and i was just so amazed to see how you could have possibly been able to cope.You are truly an inspiration in my life.Your music has woken something up inside of me ,i never thought i would have.The way you spoke was so moving.I truly had found the Lord through your words.Thank you Mery Me.God Bless

  • http://Website Sarah

    I’ve never been to any of your concerts (mostly because i never know when your going to be in Maryland, if you even have been recently) but I’ve watched them online sometimes, and every time i do i go away from the computer with a sense of there being something different. i LOVE your voice and your music. my question is: what is your favorite song that you have written? and also, whats your favorite song in general? :)

  • http://Website Jessica

    Just wanted to let you know that I love your new albumn and I know you were in Asheville, NC not long ago but I was wondering when you were coming back?

  • Chip Henderson

    Bart, at one of your concerts you addressed the “elephant in the room” and said that Mercy Me is known as the “funeral band”. My question is how would you like to be known as the wedding band and play at my daughters (the girl who volunteers at orphanges) wedding in Marakesh Morocco next May. If you are willing to play for “Taco Bell and directions home” then let’s praise the Lord and give Him glory in a land where 90% of the people are Muslim.

  • Chad S

    Bart,
    I’ve been following you since watching every Wednesday at the square in Greenville. To steal your words, would you say it’s easier or harder to “Be Jesus” day in and out in Mercyme? Easier because you are surrounded by Christianity and like minded followers, or harder because the spot light is on you to be the golden example of living like Christ.
    And…Go Rangers, Cliff Lee Cy Young 2010!!!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/lanavs Lana S

    When are you going to have a concert in NYC? The last time I saw you was during the Billy Graham Crusade back in 2005 and that was the first time I saw you guys performing live. Puuuuuuhhhhh-llllleeeeeeaaaaaseeee comeback and have a concert in the heart of the city. A lot of people will turn out I promise!!!

  • http://Website margie

    what’s you’re fave song of all time?…and why?…..

  • Tammy

    What REALLY gets on your nerves?
    Is there anything that really scares u besides snakes?

  • http://www.stephanielreed.com Stephanie Reed

    Are you a disciplined writer, sitting down regularly to write, or do you wait for inspiration to hit? Where do you usually write songs? And where’s the most unlikely place you ever wrote one? Is there a story behind God With Us? I was driving when I first heard the acoustic version. My husband had just called to say his father had passed away … See Moreafter a horrible battle with mesothelioma. The next song I heard was God With Us. What a blessing it was to hear God speaking to me through that song. I will never forget it. Thank you.

  • http://Website Jess

    Just wanted to say I come see you EVERY time you are in Ohio. Wish you could come more often, but know there are others that need your ministry. Many blessings for ALL you MEN and families do. THANK YOU ALL. I PRAY YOU DONT STOP ANY TIME SOON.

  • http://Website Sara

    Bart, my brother’s name is Bart. He’s curious what your middle name is—-his is “Homer”,and he feels like he’s been tortured most of his life because of his name…..
    Love you guys—see you every chance!

  • Bill

    You guys all have such a great sense of humor-your twitter page keeps me in stitches-I’m wondering have any of you ever played a practical joke on each other or what was the funniest moment on the tour bus or stage that you can recall? Thanks for helping bring God, peace, laughter, and great music into your fans’ lives!

  • http://evoulie.com Evan

    How can I get a meet and greet pass for your concert in Lakeland, FL on November 20th. I already bought gold circle seats.. :)

  • http://Website Anne

    Ok, finally scrolled down & saw the “go to website…” Bart, do you ever get tired when you sing on tour? I mean you lead every song, every set, every night…wow! BTW, how’d the hernia surgery heal? GBU & fam!

  • http://lattejust4me.blogspot.com Cathy Davis

    I posted my question on FB – will you be answering questions from both places? :0)

  • John

    Hey, MercyMe, is there any chance you’ll make a concert tour in Europe? Maybe on some summer Christian music festival or something?
    Thanks for the encouraging music. God Bless all of You and your families.
    John from Slovakia (Europe) :)

  • http://Website suzanne

    when i hear any kind of music-I get a feeling,or mood.drums give me a strong feeling,melodies. melodies bring happiness,sadness,love,,lyrics,invoke my feelings,of anger,tolerance.adoration,obsession-whatever.do you think there is a God induced

  • http://facebook/miketittle mike tittle

    hay bart this is mike tittle i was wondering if and when mercyme has any plans to come to grand rapids michigan to play a show please let me know thanks mike tittle

  • http://www.kenrow.com Ken Row

    Do you play any musical instruments?

  • http://Website Daniel

    How have you seen the hand of God working in your past 10 years? I am 13, and I have collected every single one of your cd’s.(Mr. Lovewell, too) Congrats on being my favorite music band – you’ve really improoved my Christian life!

  • http://Website buzz

    hey Bart!!! dont really have a question, just wanted to tell you how much we’re all looking forward to seeing you guys on 9-24 in medford , oregon. love ya’ll a lot!! :)

  • http://Website Peet Hobbs

    Do you ever get tired of playing “I Can Only Imagine”?

  • Tracey Medrano

    How do you keep God as the focus of your life and music?

  • Dan

    How many Christmas Concerts will you perform? What is the set-list like? It looks as if I will go from Omaha to Greeley CO to share in your Christmas message. Thank you for any information!

  • Mitchell Evans

    Hey guys,
    Love your music!! Any chance that you’ll be performing in Australia in the near future (or even next year)? It’d be great to try and get to one of your concerts. We really don’t get many international artists performing in Australia on a regular basis.
    Thanks heaps, and hope to be able to catch you in Australia one day.
    Keep serving God and praising Him!!

  • Jaimi

    I spend 99% of my day in worship. How great it must be for you to be able to worship with so many people all the time. I wonder though, does it ever stop being worship for you? Does it ever become work?

  • http://Website Robert Morgan

    This is more for everyone. I wanted you all to know that I started listening to your music just a few short months ago I had hit rock bottom lost my dream job, (teaching science to innercity high school kids) my wife kicked me out for many reasons and could barely support myself. I have been listening to christian radio for a couple of months prior. I have never heard of you before. I just happen to turn on the radio and heard “all of creation” and it broke me down and i cried because i finally knew what was missing in my life. I had been a christian off and on for most of my adult life and it faded away and i forgot what was important. Now my motto is to lift up my voice and lay my worries down. Thank you for saving me and coming into my life at the right time and reminding me of what is really important. by the way i dont know all your names yet but I live in kansas city and the lead singers daughter was sitting in front of me and she is awsome and beautiful. Thank you for coming to worlds of fun I took my wife there and now we discussing getting back together again thanks god bless.

  • Destiny

    are u guys going to have a meet and greet at soulfest 2010???

  • http://Website Fran

    I just wanted to thank all of you at Mercy Me for the song Homesick. I lost my husband in Sept. of 2009 and these words say it all for me. It is exactly how I feel. I have heard the song before but now it is my story. I am a Christian and saved and so was my husband so I know that I will see him again. It makes me weep to hear it. I Can Only Imagine was sung at his funeral, that has always been my favorite. Again I just wanted to say thank you for the song. You all are Awesome at doing God’s work. God Bless all of you.

  • Tracey Medrano

    Thank you so much for your music. My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting you (briefly) at the RWRS in Phoenix. I was wondering how you keep your center, God as the focus? And is there a scriptural basis for your lyrics? Or are they more from life experiences?

  • http://VIDEO Leanne K

    when is the “all of creation” music video coming out? i know they filmed part of it at my church!

  • http://Website AdamFan

    I am really impressed by how high you can sing in the songs Finally Home and Homesick. What is your vocal range?

  • http://Website MercyMe Rocks :)

    Did you sing a lot when you were a young boy? Were you in the school choir?
    Did you have an amazing voice back then, too?

  • Golays

    I really don’t have any questions. I just want to say….I resently turned my life to Jesus. I never be to a concert before, until a friend took me to your concert. I felt very close to God that night and felt like God was talking to me through you guys. Your song “Beautiful” really hit home with me. I still cry when I listen to my CD. I thank God that he has you guys singing his words. Thank you and God Bless You Guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Golays

    I really don’t have any questions. I just want to say….I resently turned my life to Jesus. I never be to a concert before, until a friend took me to your concert. I felt very close to God that night and felt like God was talking to me through you guys. Your song “Beautiful” really hit home with me. I still cry when I listen to my CD. I thank God that he has you guys singing his words. Thank you and God Bless You Guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G5B7X5TS4UILDVAKTUHXQU6XIQ Dean Chilcote

    Hi Bart. I know that your son has type 1 diabetes and I believe you created your own foundation and that your focus is on the cure. My 11 year old son Tyler was diagnosed 5 years ago.

    I would like to know if your son and your family has ever been to a diabetes camp? We go to one every year in the Sequoia National Forest east of Fresno, CA called Bearskin Meadow Camp. It is run by the Diabetic Youth Foundation. Their focus is on improving the quality of life for children, teens and families affected by diabetes. If you haven’t been to a camp, I HIGHLY recommend it. How can I get you some information on the camp and the foundation? Perhaps share some stories of the frustrations of diabetes management?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G5B7X5TS4UILDVAKTUHXQU6XIQ Dean Chilcote

    Hi Bart. I know that your son has type 1 diabetes and I believe you created your own foundation and that your focus is on the cure. My 11 year old son Tyler was diagnosed 5 years ago.

    I would like to know if your son and your family has ever been to a diabetes camp? We go to one every year in the Sequoia National Forest east of Fresno, CA called Bearskin Meadow Camp. It is run by the Diabetic Youth Foundation. Their focus is on improving the quality of life for children, teens and families affected by diabetes. If you haven’t been to a camp, I HIGHLY recommend it. How can I get you some information on the camp and the foundation? Perhaps share some stories of the frustrations of diabetes management?

  • Sweetcourt

    Hi Bart. How are you? By the way MercyMe is my absolute favorite Christian group!!! So excited to see you guys in august!!! cannot wait. :D This will be my very first time seeing you guys live. :D…so for the question haha… What is your favorite Movie?

  • Sweetcourt

    Hi Bart. How are you? By the way MercyMe is my absolute favorite Christian group!!! So excited to see you guys in august!!! cannot wait. :D This will be my very first time seeing you guys live. :D…so for the question haha… What is your favorite Movie?