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MercyMe named Billboard's Top Christian Artist of 2010s; debuts new single 'Say I Won't'

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Fri, Dec 4th 2020 11:10 am

Grammy Award-nominated, multiple American Music Award and Dove Award-winning band MercyMe has debuted their new single, “Say I Won’t” across all DSPs today, following being named Billboard's Top Christian Artist of the 2010s. Fox News exclusively premiered the track's music video yesterday.

Hailing from MercyMe’s next album (coming spring 2021), “Say I Won’t” was inspired by the story of Gary Miracle, who worked with the band for many years on the road. Miracle lost both arms and legs in January after falling into septic shock. His story is one of strength and profound faith, told in part by himself and through imagery in the video.

Directed by Brody Harper, Ryan Slaughter and produced by TwoSevenTwo, the video captures vulnerable and victorious moments, including watching Gary put on his prosthetic arms for the first time, re-learning to write, and declaring that he will walk again! A press release said, “The lyrics in the song, mixed with the images in the video, fully capture the depth of Miracle's suffering, while shining light on God’s ability to turn any tragedy into a stunning victory through perseverance.”

“It's incredibly overwhelming to see Gary's situation," frontman Bart Millard told Fox News. "But to watch his wife and kids ... what they're going through and standing by and supporting him is mind-blowing – it feels like it's a whole other level of love.”

This past summer, MercyMe released "Hurry Up And Wait," the follow-up to their 48th No. 1 song "Almost Home," which held the top spot on Billboard's AC Indicator, Monitored, National Christian Audience, Mediabase Christian Audience and Christian AC charts, for a combined total of 17 weeks.

About MercyMe

It continues to be a landmark time for the multi-Platinum-selling MercyMe. A major motion picture based on the life of Millard, who wrote the mega-hit song "I Can Only Imagine” after the loss of his father, opened at a remarkable No. 3 at the box office in March 2018 (Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions). Carrying the same name, Millard’s first memoir also released this year followed by the unveiling of “I Can Only Imagine – The Very Best Of MercyMe.” 

MercyMe was named Top Christian Artist at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, was the top winner at the fan-fueled K-LOVE Fan Awards – including a win for Artist of the Year – and just received their eighth AMA nod. The group is the 2018 GMA Dove Award Winner for Artist Of The Year, and since their debut in 2001, the Grammy-nominated, multiple American Music Award and Dove Award winners have sold more than 9 million units in CD, single and DVD sales, garnered more than 45 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).

The band 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. The album, containing the hit “Almost There,” recently received four-times-Platinum certification from the RIAA.

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 the group as one of the industry's most notable talents.

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