Hymned Again

NASHVILLE, TN – In follow up to HYMNED, MercyMe frontman Bart Millard’s 2005 solo project, named one of Billboard and ChristianMusicToday.com’s Top Ten albums of 2005, comes his second effort, HYMNED AGAIN, which will hit nationwide on August 19th. The first single to be serviced to AC and Inspo radio formats will be “I Stand Amazed,” on July 4th, which features guest vocals by Christy Nockels.

Taking the production helm once again is Brown Bannister, who along with Millard’s passionate vocals and a famed line up of studio musicians, has created an impressive and diversified musical landscape on HYMNED AGAIN. Raised in East Texas relatively close to where many musical styles originated, Millard wanted to create an authentic sound with these old hymns, most of which date back to the 1800s and talk about sharing one’s faith during this era when evangelism was on the rise. Therefore, HYMNED AGAIN runs the stylistic gamut from New Orleans style horn-driven jazz to Texas blues-rock guitar, and country/bluegrass to banjo-featuring Dixieland, ’70s soul/gospel flavor, and one song centered on nothing more than a ukulele.

To top it off, the sole original track on the CD, written by Millard and Thad Cockrell, “Jesus Cares for Me,” features a duet with country superstar Vince Gill. “The one thing I’ve been looking to do is sing with Bart and check that off my Bucket List.” laughed Gill, who had some fun with Millard in the recording studio with his ‘Bucket List,’ video from which is featured on MercyMe’s blog page.  All kidding aside, the duet is surely a dream come true for Millard, who states, “I never imagined I would sing a duet with Vince Gill, and especially that it would be on one of my records. It was truly an incredible ‘pinch myself’ moment.”

While HYMNED was inspired by Millard’s grandmother, and the hymns she used to sing, HYMNED AGAIN was inspired moreso by his three kids. “My three kids know every word of the first hymns record I did,” he says. “These are songs that were a huge part of my upbringing, and now they are a part of my kids’ as well, so I had to do another one! And, true to form, they already have the new album memorized too.”
Millard is currently touring a full summer schedule with MercyMe supporting their latest hit project, ALL THAT IS WITHIN ME. The band will be touring this fall as well, dates for which are available on http://www.mercyme.org. Millard also just taped a special HYMNED AGAIN episode of the Gospel Music Channel’s Kitchen Sink program which is scheduled to air on September 27th.

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  • http://www.bittersweet-jess.blogspot.com Jessica

    Sounds great, Bart!
    Can’t wait to check it out!!

  • Buggy G

    “Hymned” is one of my all-time favorite CDs. You make those hymns come to life! Can’t wait to get “Hymned Again”!!! :)

  • kristina

    Yay! I can’t wait to buy it! I just love Christy Nockels AND Vince Gill and of course you, Bart! Hee hee! Loved the first “Hymned” album so much! I know this one will be a huge success, too! Thanks, Bart! God bless you! I hope your kiddos get to feeling better soon!

  • http://boomama.net boomama

    I can’t wait!

  • http://www.sunnysideofthestreet.squarespace.com Lisa

    How did I miss the first one? Now I’ll have to get both. Good stuff!

  • Tom Lister

    It was because of your first disc that got me some exposure to hymns and man they were GOOD!! So yes the release date makes this a long summer for me but well worth the wait!!

    Looking forward to it man!!

  • Robbie

    Great, I’m looking forward to it!

  • Brenda

    can’t wait!!!! come on August….

  • http://www.trgckeathley.com Toby

    Awesome guys!! Can’t wait to hear it.
    In the meantime, fellow SLOBS, get involved in this:
    http://www.trgckeathley.com/2008/06/24/40-days-of-purpose/

  • Dan

    I saw you last year at the Uprising Fest in Denver and again at Elitch’s the weekend before last. I was hoping I could meet you so I could ask you when you were coming out with another Hymned album. I can’t wait.

    Thank you so much for leading so many in worship.

  • Kaleb Trail

    Bart,
    I got your hymned album off itunes. Brilliant. Just Brilliant. Anyways, I was thinking that for the Hymned, Yet Again album (#3), you should do a duet or a trio with Allison Krauss with or without Vince Gill. That much awesomeness wouldn’t even be able to contain itself in the room. If you could just get Chuck Norris on there and sing “eyes of the ranger” as a bonus track, my ipod collection would be complete.

  • Rebecca T :-)

    I might just buy an extra one for the guy who plays the piano on the boardwalk at Ocean City. He LOVES hymns.

  • Deb Stala

    Can not wait to get 10 copies for my friends and family.
    God gave you a gift my friend.