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2 years in the making, project features current hit single ‘Say I Won't,’ inspired by miraculous true story of Gary Miracle
‘Good Morning America's’ ‘GMA3’ to feature MercyMe & ‘Miracle’ on April 15
Watch ‘Say I Won't’ music video here
Grammy Award-nominated, American Music Award, Billboard Music Award and Dove Award-winning band MercyMe is set to release “inhale (exhale)” on April 30 – and the track is available across all DSPs for preorder today. In anticipation, MercyMe is also releasing a new instant grat track and lyric video for "On Our Way," featuring Bart Millard's son, Sam Wesley, along with previously released tracks, "Almost Home," "Say I Won’t" and "Hurry Up & Wait."
The fast-rising current radio single “Say I Won’t,” which is currently No. 7 on the Billboard National Christian Airplay chart and No. 9 on the Mediabase Christian Audience chart, is spinning on a vast majority of Christian radio stations across the country. The track is a potent declaration of faith and perseverance colored by tragedy.
Gary Miracle, a longtime friend that worked with MercyMe for many years, contracted an infection that resulted in having both his arms and legs amputated. His indomitable spirit in the face of such challenges was inspiring. More of Miracle’s story can be seen here.
“Good Morning America's” third hour, “GMA3,” will feature MercyMe and Miracle in a special segment on April 15.
FoxNews.com originally premiered the song's music video last December.
A press release stated, “The 16-song collection (produced by Tedd T., Brown Bannister and Jordan Mohilowski) includes ‘Almost Home,’ a stunningly poignant anthem that topped the charts for a combined total of 17 weeks. There’s also the buoyant ‘A Little Love’ featuring Millard’s close friend Gary LeVox, lead vocalist for award-winning country super group Rascal Flatts. Disco legend and friend Gloria Gaynor lends her signature vocals to ‘Brand New.’ ”
“inhale (exhale)” is the latest chapter in MercyMe's creative adventure, and Millard admits this one was a long time in coming together.
“It was two years and one month to the day that we started writing for this new record until we finally finished,” he says. “ ‘Almost Home,’ which is the first single, will be out a year-and-a-half before the record releases. We would have had it done a year or so ago, but when the pandemic hit, it slowed everything down. We practically rewrote the album two or three different times.”
The band began writing and wound up with more than 40 songs.
Millard admits having the new record to focus on offered a welcome sense of purpose during pandemic life, and the opportunity to “inhale (exhale).”
“It’s been a lifesaver working on this record during the pandemic when you can’t do shows and everything else. I love being with my family, but I think my wife is like, ‘Yeah, you function better when there is an outside purpose going along with this.’ I agree,” Millard says with a laugh. The pandemic – as awful as it’s been – has been amazing for our family, just getting to spend so much time together. It’s been such a scary place, but at the same time, it’s been great to have this much time with family, to push pause and not have a deadline. Everything has stopped. That’s a crazy feeling and, after a few weeks or a month of me freaking out like, ‘What’s going to happen?’ I realized that we’re all freaking out together. Music has been put on hold and so, once I realized that, I kind of let go and started enjoying the fact that some days my most important decision was what flavor of ice cream I’m getting with my youngest daughter."
He adds, “One reason we’re calling the album ‘inhale (exhale)’ is we all just want to sit back for a second and take a deep breath and be like, ‘OK, this is what matters. This is what matters.’ I’m grateful that messages like that seem to resonate with people on a consistent basis because there is hope in that, and if they can still get fired up about what’s to come then not all is lost.”
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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