Nashville, Tenn. (Nov. 28, 2017) ? MercyMe scored two nods for the upcoming 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards?. The recognition in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song category for ?Even If? and Best Contemporary Christian Album category for LIFER totals five career nominations for the multi-platinum selling band. The Recording Academy will present the GRAMMY Awards? on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, live from Madison Square Garden in New York and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 7:30?11:00 p.m. ET/4:30?8:00 p.m. PT.
“When you’re in a band for 23 years, your priorities tend to change a bit. Things that seemed important in the beginning just aren’t that important today. That being said, being nominated for a GRAMMY? is NOT one of those things. It’s actually the opposite,” shares MercyMe’s Bart Millard. “The longer we’re in this industry, the more we’ve come to appreciate each moment along the way. We are incredibly grateful.”
The GRAMMY? news tops a notable year for the band. MercyMe?s most recent No. 1 album LIFER debuted earlier this year, with their smash hit ?Even If? dominating the Billboard and Mediabase radio charts with a 19-week streak at No. 1 alongside a successful headlining ?Lifer Tour,? three GMA Dove Award wins including the Artist of the Year title and their sixth American Music Award (AMA) nomination.
2018 will find MercyMe uniting with fellow GMA Dove Award winners Tenth Avenue North for the aptly titled ?MercyMe and Tenth Avenue North Live? hitting over 20 markets along the East and Midwest February through April. The much-anticipated new movie, ?I Can Only Imagine,? a true story based on the life of Bart Millard who wrote the mega-hit song ?I Can Only Imagine? after the loss of his father to cancer, opens in theaters Mar. 16, 2018. For the latest information, visit www.MercyMe.org.
GRAMMY? nominated LIFER is available at iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, Cracker Barrel, LifeWay and more.
Since their debut in 2001, GRAMMY? nominated, multiple American Music Award and Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold more than 9 million units in CD, single and DVD sales, garnered more than 57 No. 1 multi-format 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.? Their radio success has continued with recent singles ?Flawless” (No. 1 for 15 weeks) and “Greater” (No. 1 for 16 weeks), landing them the Top Christian Airplay Artist spot on Billboard’s 2015 Year End charts. MercyMe made history in 2014 as ?I Can Only Imagine? surpassed 2 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum and double-platinum in the digital domain. In 2009, Billboard named MercyMe’s “Word Of God Speak” the No. 1 Song of The Decade and the group the No. 1 Artist of the Decade in both the Christian Songs and Christian AC Songs categories, recognizing them as one of the industry’s most notable talents. They have sold out venues throughout the US and Canada, including Radio City Music Hall, and have appeared on the Macy?s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, FOX New Channel’s FOX & Friends, CNN, ABC News and in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today and more. MercyMe?s eighth studio album, Welcome To The New, garnered two GRAMMY? nods, four radio hits, has been certified gold by the RIAA and continues to be a top selling title. LIFER, their latest chart-topping, GMA Dove Award winning and GRAMMY? nominated album, includes the smash hit “Even If? which dominated the Billboard and Mediabase radio charts with a 19-week streak at No. 1.