The Hurt & The Healer – May 22

Title track is most added on Billboard Christian AC with quick rise to No. 2 on iTunes Christian Songs

Band to launch spring headline tour April 19

Nashville, TN….March 1, 2012…. With the most-added Billboard Christian AC single this week as well as the No. 2 Christian song on iTunes, the buzz for MercyMe’s May 22nd release, The Hurt and The Healer, is rapidly escalating.

With an uninterrupted string of 23 #1 career singles, the award-winning and multi-platinum selling band sure seems to have another hit on their hands with the title track garnering a whopping 61 adds from AC, CHR and Inspo formats combined. In addition, the single even debuted at No. 28 on the AC-Monitored and No. 29 on the AC-Indicator charts its first week out.

“The Hurt & The Healer is a celebration of that moment when these two worlds collide…. the deep need for healing and the God who provides it, ” remarks lead vocalist Bart Millard.

Produced by Brown Bannister and Dan Muckala, The Hurt & The Healer features signature MercyMe anthems, engaging pop songs and worshipful and intimate moments.

“For whatever reason, God has called us to help people through the healing process, so as we began this project, we thought, ‘do we even try to fight it, this is kind of who we are,’ ” said Millard recalling songs like their worldwide hit “I Can Only Imagine,” “Homesick,” “Bring the Rain,” “Finally Home” and more. “The idea is to create an album to help bring healing to people, but not just healing; even in the midst of life’s worst moments, there’s this irony of feeling more alive than anytime before; that moment when we embrace our kids a little tighter and we reevaluate what’s important in life,” he continues. “The whole album revolves around this common theme, but it’s not all really heavy. We hope it helps people get to a better place in these moments that seem to cripple us at times.”

On April 19, just after closing out another successful Rock and Worship Roadshow tour, MercyMe will embark on a headline tour also featuring Chris August and Moriah Peters. More dates are currently being added, and current shows can be seen below or by visiting MercyMe’s website.

About MercyMe
Since their debut in 2001, Grammy-nominated, American Music Award and multiple GMA Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold over 6 million units in CD and DVD sales, while being one of few Contemporary Christian music groups to have had all of their recordings certified Gold or Platinum, as well as garner 23 No.1 multi-format Christian radio singles, and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” (No. 4 AC/top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), “Here With Me” (No. 4 AC), “Homesick” (top 10 AC), and “So Long Self.” In 2009, BILLBOARD named MercyMe’s “Word Of God Speak” the #1 Song of The Decade and the group the #1 Christian Songs Artist of the Decade, with an additional #1 as the Christian AC Song Artist of The Decade as one of the industry’s most notable talents. MercyMe made history as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain. The multi-platinum selling band has sold out venues including Radio City Music Hall and has been seen on The Tonight Show, CNN, Fox New Channel¹s Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS¹ The Early Show, and on the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, Billboard, and more.

MercyMe spring tour dates -
Thurs, April 19 –
PANAMA CITY, FL – Marina Civic Center

Fri, April 20 –
PENSACOLA, FL – Extraordinary Women Conference-Pensacola Civic Center

Sat, April 21 –
HAIWASSEE, GA – Anderson Music Hall

Sun, April 22 –
MURFREESBORO, TN – World Outreach Church

Fri, April 27 –
BIRMINGHAM, AL – Extraordinary Women Conference-BJCC Arena

Thurs, May 3 –
AGAWAM, MA – Bethany Assembly of God

Fri, May 4 –
PORTLAND, ME – University of Southern Maine

Sat, May 5 –
MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK (CAN) – Moncton Wesleyan Church

Sat, May 6 –
HOULTON, ME – Millar Arena

Thurs, May 10 –
MCALLEN, TX – McAllen Convention Center

Fri, May 11 –
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Castle Hills First Baptist Church

Sat, May 12 –
LUFKIN, TX – George H. Henderson Expo Center

Lovewell LIVE

Sept. 7, 2010…Nashville, TN…MercyMe’s latest album The Generous Mr. Lovewell sold nearly 90k copies its first week, debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and No. 1 Christian SoundScan, and has already garnered the band a No. 1 single with “All of Creation.” Throughout the summer the GRAMMY ® nominated band has brought the music from the chart-topping album to life in front of thousands at state fairs and concerts across the country. As summer comes to a close, the fair dates will lead the band into their highly anticipated fall tour Lovewell Live, with special guest Phil Wickham. The tour will kick off September 24 in Medford, OR and visit fans in 27 cities. For a list of full tour dates please see tour listing below.

On Lovewell Live the multi-platinum selling band will be performing some of their biggest hits in addition to new material from The Generous Mr. Lovewell including their new single “Beautiful,” which goes to radio September 17th and speaks of how the world says we are never good enough, yet Christ saw something beautiful in us worth dying for.

Throughout the year MercyMe has put their message to love well into action by helping those in need by serving at Rescue Missions along the west coast, helping build a home in Danville, VA, assisting in a can food drive and helpeing restore a jobless woman’s car in Las Vegas.

Believing that sharing these stories can help create a movement that literally could change the world, the band is asking fans to share their lovewell moments at www.mrlovewell.com. Here are just a few testimonies of how love is being spread around the globe:

“I have been Loved Well today. I am recovering from knee surgery, at home and alone. My colleague and friend drove 60 miles to visit and even brought lunch. Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to feel your love, today through my special friend and this MercyMe Movement.”

“Today I went out to eat with my mom and daughter. The waitress was really sweet and made a point to connect with us…I was compelled to leave a tip, but not just a tip. I paid it forward by giving a $10 Wal-Mart gift card I had and made it a point to put her name on it. I hope it made her day.”

“My boss knew that I was hurting about my troubled adult son, so he shared with me his story about his adult son committing suicide. He cried, and then gave me a NIV Study Bible and told me he loved me and said God is waiting for me to ask Him for help. This has changed my life and now my younger children are interested in what is making me so happy. I am going to print some Lovewell cards and will take every chance I get to pass on the love.”

To read more inspiring testimonies please visit www.mrlovewell.com.
Lovewell Live Tour Dates (*Dates Subject to Change)

September
24-Sep Medford, OR Craterian Ginger Rogers Theatre
25-Sep Santa Rosa, CA Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
26-Sep San Bernardino, CA California Theatre

October
2-Oct Baltimore, MD Hippodrome Theatre*
7-Oct Sioux City, IA Orpheum Theatre
8-Oct Appleton, WI Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
9-Oct Naperville, IL North Central College
10-Oct Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center
14-Oct New Brunswick, NJ State Theatre
15-Oct Reading, PA Sovereign Performing Arts Center
16-Oct Johnstown, PA War Memorial Arena
17-Oct Wheeling, WV The Capitol Theatre
21-Oct Greenville, SC Peace Center for Performing Arts*
23-Oct Mountain Home, AR AR State University / Vada Shied Center *
24-Oct Lincoln, NE LIED Center for Performing Arts*
28-Oct Artesia, NM Artesia Auditorium*
30-Oct Belton, TX Bell County Expo Center

November
4-Nov Paducah, KY Carson Center
5-Nov Cordova, TN Bellevue Baptist Church
6-Nov Joplin, MO Joplin Memorial Hall
11-Nov Barre, VT Barre Municipal Auditorium
12-Nov Lowell, MA Lowell Memorial Auditorium
13-Nov Fredericton, NB, Canada Sunset Church
14-Nov Portland, ME Portland Civic Center
18-Nov Ocala, FL First Baptist Church Ocala
19-Nov Clearwater, FL Countryside Christian Center
20-Nov Lakeland, FL Victory Church
*Dave Barnes performs in place of Phil Wickham