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A Heartwarming Story of Faith Comes to Life in Ways You Can Only Imagine

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“They say sometimes you win some, sometimes you lose some.” “They say it only takes a little faith to move a mountain.” These are powerful lyrics from the chart-topping radio single “Even If,” from the Multi-platinum Gospel group MercyMe. The beloved Christian band out of Texas, whose songs have not only resonated with audiences across the globe, are a Grammy-nominated, multiple American Music Award and Dove Award winners.

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Recently, MercyMe was honored with the notable Artist of the Year award, alongside Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year (Lifer) and Songwriter of the Year Artist (Bart Millard) at the 48th Annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards held on October 18, 2017. Coming together like a band of brothers, each with their own distinct characteristics and talents that they bring to the table, the group consists of an array of musicians know as Bart Millard (lead vocals), Nathan Cochran (bass), Barry Graul (guitar), Mike Scheuchzer (guitar), and Robby Shaffer (drums). “Their relentless commitment to faith, music and the gospel shows no signs of slowing down on their ninth studio project, aptly titled LIFER,” shares their press release.

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In a recent interview with Barry Graul, he shared how the band’s formula for writing music is a collaborative effort. “Sometimes the music comes first, sometimes the lyrics dictate,” shared Graul. Bart Millard is the main songwriter, but they all contribute to the writing process as every record comes together differently. “We write what’s in our hearts, life experiences. It’s like therapy. They are songs that get folks through hard times,” shared Graul. None rings truer than when you are listening to the heartfelt lyrics of “Even If,” as it takes you down a journey of having even a little faith to get you through to the next moment in your life, when the mountains seem unmovable. Songs such as “Dear Younger Me” are an ode to one’s younger self and the advice we could share along with words of wisdom we know now as an adult, to encourage that younger version of self.

“Lifer” is the band’s latest chart-topping album which is a follow-up to their 2014 album “Welcome to the New” that has “…proved to be one of the biggest releases of the group’s career, earning them two GRAMMY® nods and four long-reigning No. 1 smashes at radio,” shares their website. “Lifer,” with its crown jewel of a hit “Even If,” is leading the road ahead into even more award-winning nods for a group that has been playing together for 23 years. Not bad for a band that used to play over 200 shows at the beginning of its career, and managed to put themselves on salary with a little health insurance, which is hard to do when you’re out on your own, according to Graul. But the road to success hasn’t always been an easy one, with hurdles and mountains to conquer along the way to where they are today.

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