A Crazy 2010

Man, what a year it has been.  2010 has been an absolute blast and we couldn’t have done a lot of this stuff without you.  With the release of The Generous Mr. Lovewell”, The Rock & Worship Roadshow, a crazy Summer of touring into a Fall tour with Phil Wickham and on top of that winning an American Music Award, “All Of Creation” being named BillBoard’s Top Christian Song of 2010 and now iTunes naming it their top song as well, it’s been absolutely mind blowing.

We’re gearing up and looking forward to an awesome 2011.  More touring, talk of a corporate worship record and a possible Mr. Lovewell book, we’ve got a lot to look forward to.  Once again, we couldn’t thank you enough for this community that has gathered here on this blog.  We love interacting with you.  We love your support and we look forward to a great year.

Happy 2011 everyone.  We’ll see you soon.

“The Generous Mr. Lovewell” Gives Band Highest Chart Debut of their Career

NASHVILLE, TN…..5/12/10….Last week, INO Records’ multi-platinum and award-winning band MercyMe unleashed The Generous Mr. Lovewell, giving the band the highest chart debut of their career, bowing in at No. 3 in the nation on Billboard’s Top 200 SoundScan Chart, and No. 1 on the overall Contemporary Christian SoundScan chart.   The album is the No. 1 selling record at Family Christian Stores, Lifeway, Mardel, Berean and most other Christian bookstores, has already hit No. 1 on iTunes® Christian Albums chart (No. 5 overall), and boasts the No. 1 single “All of Creation,” which continues to hold the top spot on both the Christian AC and Inspo charts after six weeks.

“I am excited about this sales debut by MercyMe,” remarked INO Records’ President Jeff Moseley. “To continually outdo themselves on each release is rare.  In this business environment, a No. 3 debut by an artist is outstanding. We think  it shows that the power of a song and a creative album still moves people and enhances their lives.”

The excitement about The Generous Mr. Lovewell began with great reviews from USA Today, BillboardChristianity Todayand more, and then ignited a massive twitter groundswell as artists such as Chris Daughtry, The Jonas Brothers, Mandisa, TobyMac, Jeremy Camp, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman and more tweeted their support for MercyMe and The Generous Mr. Lovewell.   In addition, fans all across the country have been sharing their stories of seeing Mr. Lovewell in action as they experience and watch good deeds take place all across the world.

“We have just been blown away by all the support from everyone for this album,” commented lead vocalist Bart Millard.  “But more than that, it’s incredibly humbling to see the “love well” idea take flight – there are so many people out there living for Christ and truly living His love in the lives of others.   I am in awe and incredibly thankful for the opportunity to witness it all!”

Named Billboard magazine’s “Christian Song Artist of the Decade,” MercyMe has been putting their message from The Generous Mr. Lovewell into action themselves over the past few weeks.  Partnering with radio stations nationwide, they have made stops at Rescue Missions, serving food, washing dishes, and more, while also making personal visits to music fans, giving them intimate acoustic performances, fellowship and financial contributions to those in need.  What is becoming known as the “Lovewell phenomenon” will continue on throughout the year as the band moves forward in their efforts and tours the country.

‘Lovewell’s’ First Week

Hey everybody! We sold over 87,000 albums the first week, and debuted at #3 on billboard! All because of you the fans! We cannot say thank you enough!

This past week we sat speechless as people rallied around “Mr. Lovewell!” While we had a blast trying to reach #1, seeing people actually making a difference by “loving others well” is what truly caught us off guard. What we hoped would take place during the next several months, actually started taking place in a week! In the past few days, we have literally heard hundreds and hundreds of stories of people living out the gospel by loving others well.

Why were we motivated to go for the #1 spot on the charts? Because it gives Mr. Lovewell legs! All of a sudden mainstream media starts asking what ‘Lovewell’ is all about, and just like that, we have an open door to point to Christ in a big way! The good news is, because of you, we have still succeeded! Hitting the top 5 on billboard is huge! There are much bigger mainstream labels that are scratching their heads wondering how a “Christian” album pulled this off? Heads have been turned and God will get His glory! Like missionaries being sent to a foreign country, please continue to pray for us and other artists that are trying to have a voice in a very “foreign” industry.

Once again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and keep “loving well”

ARTIST OF THE DECADE

BILLBOARD NAMES MERCYME CHRISTIAN SONGS ARTIST OF THE DECADE –

“WORD OF GOD SPEAK” NAMED SONG OF THE DECADE –

NASHVILLE, TN….12/17/09….With their year-end and decade charts out this week, BILLBOARD has named MERCYME’s “Word Of God Speak” the #1 Song of The Decade and the group the #1 Christian Songs Artist of the Decade. MercyMe earns an additional #1 in the Christian AC Song Artist of The Decade category.

“MercyMe’s career has always been about writing songs that we believe will share the love of Christ and make him known,” commented lead vocalist Bart Millard. ”We continue to be blown away by the support radio and fans give us, and strive to continue to write music that can move your heart toward God. Here’s to the next decade!”

MercyMe has garnered an astonishing 22 #1songs in their career, six of which are reflected on the Billboard radio charts for this decade, continuing to show the impact their songs have on listeners across the country:

#1 Christian songs artist of the DECADE
#1 Christian AC song artist of the DECADE
#1 Christian song of the DECADE with “Word of God speak” as well as:
#16 “Here With Me”
#19 “God With Us”
#35 “You Reign”
#48 “In the Blink of an Eye”
#49 “Bring the Rain”

In addition to their radio singles, MercyMe’s debut album, “Almost There” captured the 4th Christian Album of the Decade slot, as well as placing MercyMe as the #4 Christian Album artist of the Decade. Also, their 2004 release,“Undone” took #38 on the Christian Album of the Decade chart, with “Spoken For”(2002) not far behind at #46.

MercyMe is currently in the studio with producers Brown Bannister and Dan Muckala recording their sixth studio project, scheduled to release May 4th, 2010.