Grammy-nominated, multiple American Music Award, Billboard Music Award and Dove Award-winning band MercyMe has released their long-awaited 10th studio record, “inhale (exhale).”
On Saturday morning, members of the band will be on FOX & Friends to talk about the new project before a pretaped performance of their new single, "Say I Won't" is aired.
SiriusXM – The Message (Ch. 63) exclusively premiered the album on their “inhale (exhale) Album Reveal Special,” which will be rebroadcast multiple times throughout this weekend. The special was the first place fans were able to hear the album from top to bottom – hearing the story behind each song as told by the band. Afterward, the band joined SiriusXM listeners in a virtual afterparty in “The Message Blue Room” event, and were joined by special guests featured on the album: Gary LeVox (Rascal Flatts) and Gloria Gaynor.
During the album reveal special, the band was surprised by Melissa Chalos, senior curator of Christian/gospel with music streaming site Pandora, with a plaque presentation welcoming them into the Pandora Billionaires Club, commemorating over a billion streams of MercyMe songs across platform.
Tonight, “The inhale (exhale) Sessions” livestream event with MercyMe will begin at 8 p.m. ET, with tickets available at https://www.momenthouse.com/mercyme.
The event will allow fans to go behind the scenes as the band performs the songs and celebrates the release of “inhale (exhale),” all while reflecting on the journey that brought it to life – all from their studio in Nashville. The event will be available on demand for 48 hours past its initial airing.
Leading up to the album release, MercyMe has made several media appearances, including FOX Nation's special concert episode of “Ainsley's Bible Study,” and an inspirational segment on “Good Morning America's” “GMA3” with their friend and inspiration behind "Say I Won't," Gary Miracle.
With an extensive Billboard feature, CBN News' Studio 5, and many other press hits this week and coming soon, MercyMe will appear on TBN's “Huckabee” on May 15-16, before returning to the Grand Ole Opry for a live Circle TV performance July 10. Tickets are on sale at Opry.com.
A favorite at radio for over two decades, it's no surprise that "Say I Won't" is already topping the national radio charts – No. 4 Billboard National Christian Audience, No. 4 Mediabase Christian Audience, No. 4 Billboard AC Indicator, No. 5 Billboard AC Monitored and No. 5 Mediabase Christian AC – thanks to support of nearly every Christian station in the country playing the song. In support of the single, MercyMe has spoken with 100-plus radio stations over the past six weeks.
In process for over two years, the 16-song collection (produced by Tedd T., Brown Bannister and Jordan Mohilowski) is the latest chapter in MercyMe's creative adventure, and includes “Almost Home,” a poignant anthem that topped the charts for a combined total of 17 weeks. There’s also the buoyant “A Little Love” featuring lead vocalist Bart Millard’s close friend LeVox, of the award-winning country super group Rascal Flatts; disco legend and friend Gaynor on “Brand New"; and "On Our Way," which features Millard's son, Sam Wesley.
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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