First Ever USO Tour

WHAT: USO Tour to Middle East Featuring MercyMe

WHEN: Summer 2011

WHERE: Middle East
Note. Due to security reasons, the countries and tour dates cannot be released at this time.

WHY: Jim Bryson, Nathan Cochran, Barry Graul, Bart Millard, Michael Scheuchzer and Robby Shaffer of MercyMe will soon depart on their first USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour. The band is scheduled to visit two countries and perform three shows as part of their eight-day USO experience. In addition to delivering their uplifting performances to troops, the band will sign autographs, pose for photos and extend America’s gratitude to our service men and women serving abroad.

Avid supporters of the U.S. armed forces the band routinely donates concert tickets to troops and their families and have invited fans to leave words of encouragement for service men and women on their website. Additionally, their 2009 release “Finally Home” was dedicated to our nation’s heroes.

Off To The Fair

So one thing that MercyMe has enjoyed over the years is our times to play at this nations fairs. I mean, who can resist a corny dog or funnel cake or some fried Oreos? Its one of the best times of our summer. But seriously, we realize that each fair gives the Church one night to have as our own. Sometimes MercyMe is invited to be a part of it. Its that one night in the fairs two weeks of concerts that the Church body as whole can show up and say this is our night and this is how we do it – We Worship.

Sometimes we are sandwiched in between Kid Rock and Kelly Clarkson. But time after time the Church shows up to make a statement and say that we are here and that we something to say. The feedback we hear from the fair promoters is unbelievable. So whether its MercyMe or another one of your favorite CCM artists, lets get out to your state, county or regional fair and support that one night we get to show that we Love Jesus and have a voice.

Cant wait to see you AT THE FAIR. Check out the tour dates section for more details!

Summer Time!

Hey all you MercyMe interwebers!!!!!!

So summer is here, and with it, comes….. VACATION!!!!!!!!! Lots of hot sweaty vacation!!!! We’ve all been going our separate ways and enjoying some time off with our families.

The Cochrans went to Missouri for some time away with family. The Shaffers went and caught some Cardinals games in St. Louis. The Brysons are at home changing an insurmountable number of diapers. Not sure what in the world the Grauls have been doing, but i think it has something to do with building a motorcycle. The Millards and Scheuchzers…. we went to the beach… together… 7 kids… 4 adults… 1 beach house… a few friends stopping by… (including everyone’s favorite web ninja Brody Harper and family,) it has been, aside from Bart’s little bout with heat exhaustion, AMAZING!!!

Now that we’re all rested up… don’t you think it’s just about time we hit the road and did a few shows??? Us too. We can’t wait to play these new Mr. Lovewell songs and hear you guys singing along!!! So if you’re coming out to one of our summer shows, make sure you have your prettiest singing voices ready…. ok…. pretty is not required, but LOUD is a must! If you’re not sure if we’re coming near you, click here to see our summer schedule.

Hope to see you and hear you soon!!!!!

Here are a few random pictures of us all jumping on the beach.

Summertime Chillin’

So a lot of people wonder what takes place with our families when we are out of town working.  Where here is a taste.  My 2 1/2 year old boy, Levi, likes to just kick back, relax in the pool with a tall glass of apple juice.  If the occasion calls for it, he may even have some goldfish crackers or grapes.  Life is good in the summertime when Dad is away working hard for the family.

-Robby