They started out the year with a major motion picture and ended it with a GRAMMY® nomination. While MercyMe stands with 24 years in the Christian music industry, their 2018 prosperity indicates the band’s inveterate success.
It’s been 18 years since their first debut song “I Can Only Imagine” skyrocketed to the top of the charts and became the best-selling Christian single of all time. So when Erwin Brothers Entertainment released a film on the backstory of the 2x platinum song, it was sure to be a hit. I Can Only Imagine hit theatres March 16, 2018, and was projected to only pull in $2 to $4 million, but it ended up with $17 million and a third-place taking at the box office.
The movie received praise from family and critics alike, and in tandem with their newest album Lifer, the awards season exploded for them.
“It’s been a crazy year with the movie,” lead vocalist Bart Millard said at the K-LOVE fan awards interview. “It’s kinda like ‘when it rains, it pours’ just seeing the albums and everything that we’re apart of… it’s been a blast.”
In May, the band dominated the K-LOVE awards with nominations for Group or Duo of the Year, Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for their single “Even If,” and Film/Television Impact for I Can Only Imagine. In September, the PG film won Inspirational Film of the Year and was later nominated for The Family Movie of 2018 in the November People’s Choice Awards.
But it wasn’t just award shows that MercyMe experienced in abundance. They completed a fall tour with Tenth Avenue North, participated in the White House’s Music Modernization Act on October 11, and received their career’s sixth GRAMMY® nomination for the hit track “Grace Got You.” The single is up for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song in the 61st GRAMMY® awards on Feb. 10, 2019.
As far as what’s next, MercyMe will kick off their “Imagine Nation Tour” in March of 2019, traveling to over 36 cities with Crowder and Micah Tyler. For more information and to find tour venues near you, check out MercyMe’s website here.
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