Leader of the Christian band MercyMe Bart Millard reveals why he sings about Jesus, and it’s a powerful and profound reason rooted in the power of the Gospel.
MercyMe’s Bart Millard
MercyMe’s music has dramatically impacted millions. It is evident with the awards and nominations the Christian band received in the past years. According to Wikipedia, “the group has also had 13 consecutive top 5 singles on the Billboard Christian Songs chart, with 7 of them reaching No. 1.” They also “won 8 Dove Awards and has had many Grammy Award nominations.”
Now, with the success of MercyMe in the Christian music industry, lead singer Bart Millard opens up the story behind their music. The band apparently has “many influences,” but every member has to agree, or else, “it doesn’t go in the album.”
Keep Singing About Jesus
Bart highlighted that everyone needs to hear about Jesus because He is the hope of the world. Hence, we need to reach out to people, even through music. He urges “to keep singing about Jesus.”
“..whether it’s contemporary Christian or worship or whatever,” he explained. “You might be able to make the case of, well, ‘We may not need the [CCM] genre.’ But what we do need is to just keep talking about Jesus – providing hope to people.”
And this is what drives the Christian band in the creation of their music. It is their mission to give hope to people by singing about Jesus.
I Can Only Imagine
Bart Millard, Robby Shaffer, Nathan Cochran, Michael Scheuchzer, and Barry Graul formed the group in 1994. They then released their first studio album in 2001. Soon, the group rose to fame because of their single “I Can Only Imagine.” Which became the inspiration behind the movie “I Can Only Imagine” years later.
Further, Bart explained his allegiance to Christian music.
“I can’t imagine just singing in a bar or just singing about pop stuff that, to me, wouldn’t have as much meaning,” he said. “The Gospel changed my life years ago. Somebody asked, ‘Why did you sign up for Christian music?’ I was like, I don’t think we signed up for it. It’s just kind of who we are.”
He also admitted how they tried not to include Jesus in their song, but they just couldn’t.
“We’ve tried to not sing about Jesus,” he recalled. “But it’s gonna show up by the second verse or bridge.”
Reference | Christian Headlines