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MercyMe Biography

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Birth Place: Greenville, Texas
Years Active: 1994 - Present
Genres: CCM, Christian Rock

MercyMe is an American contemporary Christian band founded in Greenville, Texas. The band consists of vocalist Bart Millard, keyboardist James Bryson, percussionist Robin Shaffer, bassist Nathan Cochran and guitarists Michael Scheuchzer and Barry Graul.

The band formed in 1994 and released six independent albums prior to signing with INO Records in 2001. After signing with INO Records, the band released its first major debut album, “Almost There.” The single "I Can Only Imagine" earned the band a Dove Award in 2002 for song of the year; however, it was not until three years after its release before the song began to gain mainstream success, topping the billboard 200 sales chart, peaking the adult contemporary charts and the U.S. Country Charts, and propelling “Almost There” to being certified double platinum.

In 2003, guitarist Barry Graul, who had previously been with the Christian hard rock band Whitecross, joined MercyMe, providing him the opportunity to be a part of the bands third studio album, “Undone” released in 2004. The album produced two Top 10 hits: "Here With Me" which also hit Billboard's Top 100 chart that same year, and "In the Blink of an Eye" which hit #5 on R&R's top Christian hits.

In 2006, MercyMe released “Coming Up To Breathe,” which landed at no. 13 on the Billboard 200. Although the band had earned a reputation for being an adult contemporary group with their other albums, the group decided to make “Coming Up To Breathe” a rock album. The album had four singles, “So Long Self”, "Bring The Rain" “Coming Up To Breathe”, and “Hold Fast”.

On November 20, 2007, MercyMe released “All That Is Within Me” that contained three singles, “God With Us”, “You Reign” and “Finally Home”, which gained both Christian and mainstream success. MercyMe released "All of Creation", the debut single of their album, “The Generous Mr. Lovewell,” in January 2010. The album came out May 4, 2010.