05/06/2013
MercyMe Celebrates Billboard Music Award And K-LOVE Fan Award Nominations

On the heels of wrapping “The Rock & Worship Roadshow” this spring, multi-platinum and award-winning band MercyMe is once again celebrating several nominations for the upcoming Billboard Music Award show and K-LOVE Fan Awards. 

Airing on Sunday, May 19 on ABC (8/7 p.m. CT), the Billboard Music Awards will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where MercyMe has been nominated in the Top Christian Artist and Top Christian Album (The Hurt & The Healer) categories. 

Subsequently, MercyMe received nominations for Group of the Year and Artist of the Year for the first annual K-LOVE Fan Awards. K-LOVE, the leading Christian radio network with a weekly listenership of over 13 million people, is bringing the first ever fan-voted award show in Christian music history to Nashville. The K-LOVE Fan Awards will be held on Saturday, June 1st at 7:30 p.m. at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Starting today through May 31 fans can vote for their favorite nominees at www.klovefanawards.com or on 
www.facebook.com/KLoveFanAwards in categories celebrating artists, athletes, authors and entertainers who, with excellence engage and impact popular culture for Jesus Christ. 

“We are so honored to be recognized for the work we put into this last project, however it cannot go without saying we don't do this alone,” remarked MercyMe’s Mike Scheuchzer. “If we did anything worthy of praise it was due to an incredible team of humble & extremely talented people who surround, encourage & push us to be better. We and those who helped create this record hope it draws the listener further from their hurt & closer to the healer.” 

The project spawning these nominations is the band’s 2012 release, The Hurt & The Healer, which has garnered them two #1 singles so far with its title track spending multiple weeks at #1 on the Billboard Christian AC chart, and “You Are I Am” also hitting #1 at Christian radio, currently holding a Top 5 position. 

MercyMe will be performing at many fairs, festivals and major league baseball games this summer. For more details on the band and their touring schedule, please visit MercyMe.org. 

About MercyMe: 
Since their debut in 2001, Grammy-nominated, American Music Award and multiple GMA Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold over 6 million units in CD and DVD sales, while being one of few Contemporary Christian music groups to have had all of their recordings certified Gold or Platinum, as well as garner 25 No. 1 multi-format Christian radio singles, and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” (No. 4 AC/Top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), “Here With Me” (No. 4 AC), “Homesick” (Top 10 AC), and “So Long Self.” In 2009, BILLBOARD named MercyMe's "Word Of God Speak" the No. 1 Song of The Decade and the group the #1 Christian Songs Artist of the Decade, with an additional No. 1 as the Christian AC Song Artist of The Decade as one of the industry's most notable talents. MercyMe made history as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain. The multi-platinum selling band has sold out venues including Radio City Music Hall and has been seen on The Tonight Show, CNN, Fox New Channel's Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS' The Early Show, and in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, Billboard, and more. 

11/20/2012
“Rock & Worship Roadshow” 2013 Lineup to Feature MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Tedashii, Kutless, Family Force 5, Luminate, Adam Cappa, Rhett Walker Band & Tim Timmons
The popular tour returns to the road February 7 – March 10, 2013

Nashville, Tenn. (November 14, 2012) — The “Rock & Worship Roadshow” embarks on its fifth annual tour this spring with a new group of all-star musicians including MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Tedashii, Kutless, Family Force 5, Luminate, Adam Cappa, Rhett Walker Band and Tim Timmons. This tour follows the very successful 2012 "Roadshow" which was named one of Pollstar's Top 50 Tours for Mid-Year 2012.
 
Compassion International and Grand Canyon University will serve as this year's sponsors for the tour. Compassion International is the world’s largest Christian child development organization and is returning after sponsoring the 2012 "Rock & Worship Roadshow." Also returning as a sponsor is Grand Canyon University. The university was founded in 1949 and is Arizona’s premier private Christian university.
 
Launching Feb. 7 in Madison, WI, the tour will make stops in markets including Indianapolis, Dallas, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle and Sacramento, before concluding Mar. 10 in Fresno, CA.
 
Admission for the show will remain, as in years past, at just $10.00 and will be available for at-the-door purchase. See the full list of markets the "Rock & Worship Roadshow" will visit listed below, and be sure to stay tuned to www.rockandworshiproadshow.com for the latest tour information.
 
2013 Rock & Worship Roadshow Tour Dates
(*Dates Subject to Change)

Feb 7 - Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI
Feb 8 - Van Andle Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
Feb 9 - Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Feb 10 - Von Braun Arena, Huntsville, AL
Feb 14 - JQH Arena, Springfield, MO
Feb 15 - American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Feb 16 - Mobile Civic Center, Mobile, AL
Feb 17 - River Center, Baton Rouge, LA
Feb 21 - World Arena, Colorado Springs, CO
Feb 22 - Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 23 - US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
Feb 24 - Citizens Bank Arena, Ontario, CA
Feb 28 - Taco Bell Arena, Boise, ID
Mar 1 - Rose Garden Arena, Portland, OR
Mar 2 - Key Arena, Seattle, WA
Mar 3 - Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA
Mar 8 - HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA
Mar 9 - Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA
Mar 10 - Savemart Center, Fresno, CA
 
About MercyMe
Since their debut in 2001, Grammy-nominated, American Music Award and multiple GMA Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold over 6 million units in CD and DVD sales, while being one of few Contemporary Christian music groups to have had all of their recordings certified Gold or Platinum, as well as garner 24 No. 1 multi-format Christian radio singles, and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” (No. 4 AC/Top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), “Here With Me” (No. 4 AC), “Homesick” (Top 10 AC), and “So Long Self.” In 2009, BILLBOARD named MercyMe's "Word Of God Speak" the No. 1 Song of The Decade and the group the #1 Christian Songs Artist of the Decade, with an additional No. 1 as the Christian AC Song Artist of The Decade as one of the industry's most notable talents. MercyMe made history as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain. The multi-platinum selling band has sold out venues including Radio City Music Hall and has been seen on The Tonight Show, CNN, Fox New Channel's Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS' The Early Show, and in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, Billboard, and more.
 
About Compassion International
Compassion International is the world’s largest Christian child development organization that permanently releases children from poverty. Founded in 1952, Compassion successfully tackles global poverty one child at a time, serving more than 1.2 million children in 26 of the world’s poorest countries. Recognizing that poverty is more than a lack of money, Compassion works through local churches to holistically address the individual physical, economic, educational and spiritual needs of children—enabling them to thrive, not just survive. Compassion has been awarded eleven consecutive, four-star ratings by Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator.
 
About Grand Canyon University
Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is Arizona’s premier private Christian university. GCU is regionally accredited and emphasizes individual attention for both traditional undergraduate students and the working professional in seven colleges: the Ken Blanchard College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Theology, the College of Fine Arts and Production, and the College of Doctoral Studies. GCU offers traditional programs on its growing campus, as well as online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.  The University’s curriculum fuses academic and clinical rigor with Christian values to prepare its students to be skilled, caring professionals. For more information about GCU, visit www.gcu.edu.
 
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Kutless // www.kutless.com
Family Force 5 // www.familyforce5.com
Rhett Walker Band // www.rhettwalkerband.com
Adam Cappa // www.adamcappa.com
Tim Timmons // timtimmonsmusic.com
 
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07/20/2012
MercyMe's "The Hurt & The Healer" Dominates at Radio, Now Spending One Month in No. 1 Spot on Billboard's Christian AC Chart
 
MercyMe's "The Hurt & The Healer" Dominates at Radio,
Now Spending One Month in No. 1 Spot on Billboard's Christian AC Chart

New live-performance video of  title-track lead single just released

Nashville, TN, June 28, 2012: Proving their unparalleled ability to connect with listeners, Grammy-nominated, American Music Award and multiple GMA Dove Award winners MercyMe have been standing tall in the top spot on the Christian AC chart for a solid month now, with their multi-week No. 1 smash "The Hurt & The Healer."

As the lead single from the studio album of the same name--the band's seventh project--the song has also snagged the No. 1 position for multiple weeks on other charts including AC Indicator, National Christian Audience and the Soft/AC Inspo chart. In addition, MercyMe have released a live performance video of the track, filmed during a recent tour stop.
 
This success at radio caps off the month following the release of their newest album via Fair Trade Services, which was met with overwhelming critical praise, including the following:

"With all of their success, MercyMe might have thought getting ‘comfortable’ would be the easy route.  But this latest album shows that the band continues to push itself to greatness. They tackle difficult subjects and stretch themselves musically…this is their best project to date." - CCM Magazine

"All the way around, Healer is sure to please, with enough diversity and pathos to continue to provide encouragement and inspiration to the fans who have made MercyMe one of the most beloved acts in Christian music." - Crosswalk

"Full of heart, melody, and sure to find a massive radio time, The Hurt and the Healer stays the course. The strength of one of the most eminent bands in Christian music has always been their ability to have fun. MercyMe don’t take themselves too seriously, leaving them able to provide musical insight for full radio-friendly impact." - Worship Leader

As the band celebrates their new album, MercyMe will visit markets across the country throughout the summer. More information about tour dates can be found on MercyMe’s official site. 

For more information on MercyMe and The Hurt & The Healer, please go to www.mercyme.org. 

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About MercyMe 
Since their debut in 2001, Grammy-nominated, American Music Award and multiple GMA Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold over 6 million units in CD and DVD sales, while being one of few Contemporary Christian music groups to have had all of their recordings certified Gold or Platinum, as well as garner 23 No.1 multi-format Christian radio singles, and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” (No. 4 AC/top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), “Here With Me” (No. 4 AC), “Homesick” (top 10 AC), and “So Long Self.” In 2009, BILLBOARD named MercyMe's "Word Of God Speak" the #1 Song of The Decade and the group the #1 Christian Songs Artist of the Decade, with an additional #1 as the Christian AC Song Artist of The Decade as one of the industry's most notable talents. MercyMe made history as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain. The multi-platinum selling band has sold out venues including Radio City Music Hall and has been seen on The Tonight Show, CNN, Fox New Channel’s Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS’s The Early Show, and on the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, Billboard, and more. www.mercyme.org
07/20/2012
MercyMe Unveils "The Making of The Hurt & The Healer" short film at MercyMe.org this week
 

 

 

 

 

 

MercyMe Unveils "The Making of The Hurt & The Healer" short film at MercyMe.org this week

To be released on iTunes® this fall

 

 

Nashville, TN....June 18, 2012... Following their month-long domination at No. 1 on the Christian AC radio chart with the title track from their   best-selling CD The Hurt & The Healer, the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated, American Music Award and multiple GMA Dove Award winning band MercyMe has delivered The Making of The Hurt & The Healer  short film.   MercyMe unveils it at MercyMe.org this week, where for a limited time it will be available direct to fans first for $5. This fall it will be available through iTunes®.  

 

With a total running time of just over 30 minutes, The Making of The Hurt & The Healer includes high definition video filmed in the recording studio and on the road over the course of eight months.  In addition to live perfmormances of "The Hurt & The Healer" and "You are I Am,"  the film features footage from the studio, bloopers, interviews with the guys telling stories behind the songs, and an overall,  true behind-the-scenes look at the beginning to end creation of The Hurt & The Healer.    Click here to view the trailer. 

 

As MercyMe visits markets across the country throughout the summer,FairTrade will release the next single,  "You Are I Am," on August 17th, the follow-up to their No. 1 hit, "The Hurt & The Healer." 

 

[Get Connected with MercyMe]

 

Website - http://mercyme.org

Twitter- @mercyme

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mercyme

YouTube -  http://www.youtube.com/user/mercymevideo

"The Hurt & The Healer " video

 

About MercyMe 
Since their debut in 2001, Grammy-nominated, American Music Award and multiple GMA Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold over 6 million units in CD and DVD sales, while being one of few Contemporary Christian music groups to have had all of their recordings certified Gold or Platinum, as well as garner 23 No.1 multi-format Christian radio singles, and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” (No. 4 AC/top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), “Here With Me” (No. 4 AC), “Homesick” (top 10 AC), and “So Long Self.” In 2009, BILLBOARD named MercyMe's "Word Of God Speak" the #1 Song of The Decade and the group the #1 Christian Songs Artist of the Decade, with an additional #1 as the Christian AC Song Artist of The Decade as one of the industry's most notable talents. MercyMe made history as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain. The multi-platinum selling band has sold out venues including Radio City Music Hall and has been seen on The Tonight Show, CNN, Fox New Channel’s Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS’s The Early Show, and on the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, Billboard, and more. 

03/16/2012
MercyMe To Deliver The Hurt And The Healer May 22
Band to launch spring headline tour April 19
 
With an uninterrupted string of 23 #1 career singles, the award-winning and multi-platinum selling band sure seems to have another hit on their hands with the title track and single 'The Hurt & The Healer" garnering a whopping 61 adds from AC, CHR and Inspo formats combined. In addition, the single even debuted at No. 28 on the AC-Monitored and No. 29 on the AC-Indicator charts its first week out.  
 
"The Hurt & The Healer is a celebration of that moment when these two worlds collide.... the deep need for healing and the God who provides it, " remarks lead vocalist Bart Millard. 
 
Produced by Brown Bannister and Dan Muckala, The Hurt & The Healer features signature MercyMe anthems, engaging pop songs and worshipful and intimate moments.
 
"For whatever reason, God has called us to help people through the healing process, so as we began this project, we thought, 'do we even try to fight it, this is kind of who we are,' " said Millard recalling songs like their worldwide hit "I Can Only Imagine," "Homesick," "Bring the Rain," "Finally Home" and more.  "The idea is to create an album to help bring healing to people, but not just healing; even in the midst of life's worst moments, there's this irony of feeling more alive than anytime before; that moment when we embrace our kids a little tighter and we reevaluate what's important in life," he continues. "The whole album revolves around this common theme, but it's not all really heavy.  We hope it helps people get to a better place in these moments that seem to cripple us at times."
 
On April 19, just after closing out another successful Rock and Worship Roadshow tour, MercyMe will embark on a headline tour also featuring Chris August and Moriah Peters. More dates are currently being added, and current shows can be seen below or by visiting MercyMe's website
 
About MercyMe
Since their debut in 2001, Grammy-nominated, American Music Award and multiple GMA Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold over 6 million units in CD and DVD sales, while being one of few Contemporary Christian music groups to have had all of their recordings certified Gold or Platinum, as well as garner 23 No.1 multi-format Christian radio singles, and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” (No. 4 AC/top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), “Here With Me” (No. 4 AC), “Homesick” (top 10 AC), and “So Long Self.”  In 2009, BILLBOARD named MercyMe's "Word Of God Speak" the #1 Song of The Decade and the group the #1 Christian Songs Artist of the Decade, with an additional #1 as the Christian AC Song Artist of The Decade as one of the industry's most notable talents. MercyMe made history as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain.  The multi-platinum selling band has sold out venues including Radio City Music Hall and has been seen on The Tonight Show, CNN, Fox New Channel¹s Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS¹ The Early Show, and on the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, Billboard, and more. www.mercyme.org  
 
MercyMe spring tour dates
Thurs, April 19 –
PANAMA CITY, FL – Marina Civic Center
Fri, April 20 –
PENSACOLA, FL – Extraordinary Women Conference-Pensacola Civic Center
Sat, April 21 –
HAIWASSEE, GA – Anderson Music Hall
Sun, April 22 –
MURFREESBORO, TN – World Outreach Church
Fri, April 27 –
BIRMINGHAM, AL – Extraordinary Women Conference-BJCC Arena
Thurs, May 3 –
AGAWAM, MA – Bethany Assembly of God
Fri, May 4 –
PORTLAND, ME – University of Southern Maine
Sat, May 5 –
MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK (CAN) - Moncton Wesleyan Church
Sat, May 6 
HOULTON, ME - Millar Arena
Thurs, May 10 –
MCALLEN, TX – McAllen Convention Center
Fri, May 11 –
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Castle Hills First Baptist Church
Sat, May 12 –
LUFKIN, TX – George H. Henderson Expo Center
 
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09/26/2011
MercyMe on First USO Tour in the Middle East

Award Winning Band MercyMe to Deliver Inspirational Messages to Troops in the Middle East on Their First USO Tour

  
WHAT:            USO Tour to Middle East Featuring MercyMe
  
WHEN:            Summer 2011
 
WHERE:          Middle East
Note.  Due to security reasons, the countries and tour dates cannot be released at this time.           
 
WHY:            Jim Bryson, Nathan Cochran, Barry Graul, Bart Millard, Michael Scheuchzer and Robby Shaffer of MercyMe will soon depart on their first USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour.  The band is scheduled to visit two countries and perform three shows as part of their eight-day USO experience.  In addition to delivering their uplifting performances to troops, the band will sign autographs, pose for photos and extend America’s gratitude to our service men and women serving abroad.
 
Avid supporters of the U.S. armed forces the band routinely donates concert tickets to troops and their families and have invited fans to leave words of encouragement for service men and women on their website.  Additionally, their 2009 release “Finally Home” was dedicated to our nation’s heroes.


07/28/2011
Rock & Worship Road Show
 3RD ANNUAL “ROCK & WORSHIP ROADSHOW” CONTINUES WITH STAR-STUDDED LINEUP:
MERCYME, JARS OF CLAY, DISCIPLE,
HAWK NELSON, MATT MAHER & GROUP 1 CREW
TO HIT A DOZEN TOUR MARKETS THIS NOVEMBER
 
(Nashville, Tenn.) June 28, 2011--"The Rock and Worship Roadshow” will venture into their second leg of the tour hitting 12 markets this November with a stellar cast including MercyMe, Jars of Clay, Disciple, Hawk Nelson, Matt Maher and Group 1 Crew. Talented rapper Trip Lee along with other artists will serve as the pre-showentertainment. This will mark the first time "The Rock and Worship Roadshow" will tour in the fall in addition to their annual spring trek.
 
Admission prices will be the traditional $10 at-the-door, making it an affordable event for the whole family. Compassion International will once again serve as a tour sponsor. Compassion International is a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.  For more information on Compassion International go to http://www.compassion.com.

Kicking off Nov. 4 in Grand Rapids, MI, the tour will stop in cities such as Cleveland, OH,  Atlanta, GA, Columbia, SC, Oklahoma City, OK, and Kansas City, MO before wrapping on Nov. 20 in Memphis, TN.

See full list of markets are listed below, but stay tuned to www.rockandworshiproadshow.com for the latest tour information.
 
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About MercyMe:   
Since their debut in 2001, Grammy-nominated, American Music Award and multiple GMA Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold over 6 million units in CD and DVD sales, while being one of few Contemporary Christian music groups to have had all of their recordings certified Gold or Platinum, as well as garner 23 No.1 multi-format Christian radio singles, and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” (No. 4 AC/top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), “Here With Me” (No. 4 AC),  “Homesick” (top 10 AC), and “So Long Self.” In 2009 BILLBOARD named MercyMe's "Word Of God Speak" the #1 Song of The Decade and the group the #1 Christian Songs Artist of the Decade, with an additional #1 as the Christian AC Song Artist of The Decade as one of the industry's most notable talents. MercyMe recently made history as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain. The multi-platinum selling band has sold out venues including Radio City Music Hall and has been seen on The Tonight Show,  CNN, Fox New Channel’s Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS’ The Early Show, and on the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, Billboard, and more. www.mercyme.org
  
About Jars of Clay:
Jars of Clay, made up of members Dan Haseltine (vocals), Charlie Lowell (keyboards), Stephen Mason (guitars), and Matt Odmark (guitars), launched its breakout career with the multi-format hit “Flood” in 1995. Since then, it has amassed more than 6 million in career sales (5 Gold, 2 Platinum and 1 Double Platinum certification), three GRAMMY Awards (from 8 nominations), an American Music Award nod, six GMA Dove Award nominations, 17 No. 1 radio hits, and numerous film credits and BMI honors for songwriting and performing. The band’s GRAMMY-nominated 10th album, The Long Fall Back to Earth, debuted at No. 1 on SoundScan and on Oct. 5, 2010,

Jars of Clay released the compelling and community-minded project, Jars of Clay Presents The Shelter featuring guest artists including Matt Maher and Audrey Assad.
 
While celebrated for its music and writing, Jars of Clay is most concerned with the needs in Africa. Compelled to make a difference, the group successfully launched the Blood:Water Mission, a non-profit organization promoting clean blood and water in Africa. Since the band’s debut, Jars of Clay has built an extraordinary career based on the uncompromising integrity of its music, worldview, and humanitarianism. For more information, please go to www.jarsofclay.com.
 
  
About Disciple:
Disciple has released four records with Fair Trade Services: Disciple (2005) brought home three No. 1 hits, their sophomore album Scars Remain (2006) bolstered the band’s radio hit “After the World” and their third record Southern Hospitality (2008). The award-winning rock group’s fourth album Horseshoes & Handgrenades debuted at No. 1 on Christian soundscan upon its release in the fall of 2010. Disciple has been nominated for 10 GMA Dove Awards,
garnered two wins for “Rock Album of the Year,” scored 10 No. 1 Christian Rock singles and four No. 1 CHR hits.  Disciple’s music has been featured on “Best Damn Sports Show,” NFL’s “Total Axxess,” WWE’s “Cyber Sunday,” “Criminal Minds,” “CSI Miami” and Speed TV’s “Speed Report,” as well as in venues such as Wachovia Center in Philadelphia and even Madison Square Garden in New York City. The bandhas played 2,000 shows in their 14 year career spanning 10 headlining tours, and opening stints for Skillet, Red, Kutless and the Newsboys.
 
Disciple is comprised of Kevin Young– vocals, Israel Beachy- bass, Andrew Welch- guitar, Micah Sannan- guitar and Trent Reiff- drums. www.disciplerocks.com
 
About Hawk Nelson:
This powerhouse, pop rock foursome hailing from Canada has won the hearts of thousands since their debut release. In 2009, Hawk Nelson performed fans across the country with the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, REVOLVE tour, the Rock and Worship Roadshow and Skillet's Awake & Alive tour. Despite their insane touring schedule, the guys recorded their fourth studio album, “Live Life Loud," which released September 2009. This release was the third top album on the overall Christian chart, the 18th digital album in the nation, the second digital album on the Christian chart and debuted with eight singles in the Top 200 digital tracks during street week. "Live Life Loud" followed the successful release, Hawk Nelson Is My Friend, which debuted at #34 on the Billboard Top 200 selling more than 18k units in its first week. Hawk Nelson has also appeared on NBC’s drama “American Dreams,” a cameo appearance in the Nickelodeon film “Yours, Mine, & Ours” as well as had their songs featured on NBC’s Stanley Cup promo spots, WB’s Smallville, Summerland, & Laguna Beach. In addition, the band has formed a lasting relationship with TOMS Shoes. TOMS Shoes provide shoes for children in poverty stricken areas with the motto “One for One.” For the band’s effort, every pair of shoes purchased via Hawk Nelson’s website, TOMS donates a pair of shoes to someone in Haiti as the band’s ongoing involvement with the Hands & Feet Orphanage. In 2010, Hawk Nelson's "Live Life Loud" was nominated for two GMA Dove Awards (Music Packaging & Short Form Video). For more information visit www.hawknelson.com and follow the band on Twitter @HawkNelson.
 
About Matt Maher:
Matt Maher – worship leader, songwriter, singer and recording artist – has taken his calling as a “musical missionary” to create a substantial impact on a national and global stage. As an award-winning songwriter, Maher gained notice as the writer of the internationally renowned modern-worship song, “Your Grace Is Enough” which is currently on the Top 10 of the CCLI chart, marking their popularity in church worship services around the world. Highly sought after for his poignant yet poetic writing style, Maher has recently had songs recorded by such artists as Michael W. Smith; Chris Tomlin; Hawk Nelson; Phillips, Craig & Dean; Audrey Assad; Brenton Brown and others.
 
Maher garnered Album of the Year and Song of the Year at last year’s Covenant Awards (GMA Canada) as well as six award nominations at the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards including nods in the prestigious Song of the Year category and Worship Song of the Year for “I Will Rise,” a song recorded by Chris Tomlin. He picked up another nod in the Worship Song of the Year category for the song “Alive Again” as well as one for Praise & Worship Album of the Year for his acclaimed sophomore project Alive Again. Maher claimed a Dove Award in the Special Event Album of the Year category for his contribution on the Glory Revealed II: The Word of God in Worship project.
   
Amid busy touring and writing schedules, Maher finds it important to serve alongside ministries including Life Teen and Adore Ministries. Further, he serves as a regular host for Worship Together’s “Newsong Café.” Maher, recently honored with a Praise Award as Worship Leader’s Breakout Artist of 2008, has been featured on the covers of Breakaway and Christian Single, performed live on “FOX & Friends,” written for Billboard Magazine and is an active, bylined contributor to OnFaith.com ( http://e2ma.net/go/7147674516/208628178/224034878/1405366/goto:http://www.newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith ), an interactive conversation on religion.
 
Maher is scheduled to release his third album, The Love In Between, in September 2001.

For more information on Matt Maher, please visit: http://www.mattmahermusic.com. For the latest in Matt Maher news and updates, follow him on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mattmahermusic.
 
About Group 1 Crew:
With a unique hybrid of hip-hop, rock, funk and soul, Group1Crew is an award-winning band that lets diversity and their faith backgrounds inspire them. Group1Crew’s Manwell, Pablo and Blanca have teamed together for one unified purpose- to shine the love of Christ through the power of song.

Group1Crew has taken home five GMA Dove Awards to date. Winning “Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year” for Group1Crew (2008), Ordinary Dreamers (2009) and Outta Space Love (2011), along with winning “Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Song of the Year” for “Movin” (2010) and “Walking On the Stars” (2011).  Additionally, Group1Crew has toured with artists such as FireFlight, KJ52 and Hawk Nelson, along with playing on major tours such as WinterJam and Revolve. For more information on the group please visit group1crew.com

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 ROCK AND WORSHIP ROADSHOW ROUTING FALL 2011    
FRI 4-Nov  GRAND RAPIDS, MI // VAN ANDEL ARENA   
SAT 5-Nov  FT WAYNE, IN // MEMORIAL COLISEUM   
SUN 6-Nov  CLEVELAND, OH // WOLSTEIN CENTER          
THU 10-Nov  ATLANTA, GA // PHILLIPS ARENA
FRI 11-Nov  CHARLOTTE, NC // BOJANGLES COLISEUM   
SAT 12-Nov  KNOXVILLE, TN // UT ARENA   
SUN 13-Nov  COLUMBIA, SC // COLONIAL LIFE ARENA          
THU 17-Nov  OKLAHOMA CITY, OK // OK CITY ARENA   
FRI 18-Nov  WICHITA, KS // INTRUST CENTER   
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SUN 20-Nov  MEMPHIS, TN // FEDEX FORUM
03/21/2011
MERCYME EMBARKS ON SECOND LEG OF LOVEWELL LIVE THIS SPRING
MERCYME EMBARKS ON SECOND LEG OF LOVEWELL LIVE THIS SPRING

Award-Winning Female Vocalist Natalie Grant and
GRAMMY ® Nominated Artist Brandon Heath
Share the Stage for Upcoming Tour

Nashville, TN…March 17, 2011… This spring multi-platinum selling band MercyMe will embark on the second leg of the Lovewell Live tour.  Accompanying them on the stage will be award-winning female vocalist Natalie Grant and GRAMMY® nominated artist Brandon Heath. The tour will launch on April 7 in Beaumont, TX and entertain audiences through the season.  For a full list of tour dates, please visit www.mercyme.org.

In the midst of Lovewell Live, on April 9th in Dallas, TX MercyMe will wrap up the 2011 Rock & Worship Roadshow with The Afters, Natalie Grant, Brandon Heath and special guest Jeff Johnson. Then the GRAMMY ® nominated band will plunge back into Lovewell Live and finish out the tour.

Lovewell Live is inspired by their latest album, The Generous Mr. Lovewell, which revolves around a fictional character the band created who reminds people that they simply need to love others well.  It is from this idea that has generated a domino effect around America of people taking that extra step to lend a helping hand to their neighbor. The band has also been continuously living out the message throughout the year by serving at Rescue Missions, assisting with can food drives, assisting with disaster relief and more.
 
Featured on The Generous Mr. Lovewell is the No. 1 hit “All of Creation,” nominated for “Song of the Year” and “Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year” for the 42nd Annual Dove Awards. They are also nominated for “Group of the Year” making this their 12th Dove nomination. The record also includes their most recent chart-topper “Beautiful,” which dominated the Billboard Christian AC Monitored, Indicator and Inspo charts taking the No. 1 spot. 
 
For more information on MercyMe and the Lovewell Live tour, please visit www.mercyme.org.
 
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About MercyMe:  
Since their debut in 2001, Grammy-nominated, American Music Award and multiple GMA Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold over 6 million units in CD and DVD sales, while being one of few Contemporary Christian music groups to have had all of their recordings certified Gold or Platinum, as well as garner 23 No.1 multi-format Christian radio singles, and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” (No. 4 AC/top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), “Here With Me” (No. 4 AC),  “Homesick” (top 10 AC), and “So Long Self.” In 2009 BILLBOARD named MercyMe's "Word Of God Speak" the #1 Song of The Decade and the group the #1 Christian Songs Artist of the Decade, with an additional #1 as the Christian AC Song Artist of The Decade as one of the industry's most notable talents. MercyMe recently made history as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain. The multi-platinum selling band has sold out venues including Radio City Music Hall and has been seen on The Tonight Show,  CNN, Fox New Channel’s Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS’ The Early Show, and on the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, Billboard, and more. www.mercyme.org
 
About Natalie Grant:
A powerhouse vocalist, heart-gripping songwriter and charismatic performer, Natalie Grant has an unshakable determination to remind us of the simple significance of love, and the revolutionary power that it carries, as expressed on her latest project, Love Revolution.  Released in August 2010, Love Revolution gave Natalie the highest-selling debut of her career and continues to do well, with its latest single "Your Great Name" steadily climbing the radio charts.
 
As GMA Female Vocalist of the Year for four consecutive years (2006-2009) and the top-selling Adult Contemporary female solo artist in 2005, 2006 and 2008, Grant is among a select number of artists to have achieved a formidable foothold at mainstream media and radio. Her 2005 breakthrough album, Awaken, received RIAA Gold certification and its follow-up, Relentless, has experienced significant sales since its 2008 release. Despite these accomplishments, it is the message of the Gospel, and the revolutionary power of love it carries, that she waves as her banner and her hope.
 
Beyond her artistry, she declares this message as an outspoken advocate for victims of human trafficking. The Home Foundation, which Grant created in 2005, has raised over a quarter of a million dollars to fight the trafficking of women and children for the purpose of sexual exploitation. She works to balance these endeavors with her greatest calling—as a wife, and mother of three. www.nataliegrant.com
 
  
About Brandon Heath:
Christian music’s reigning, twice-honored Male Vocalist of the Year (2009 and 2010) Brandon Heath possesses a true songwriter’s gift of making the personal universal. In January, Heath debuted his third studio album, titled Leaving Eden, at No. 1 on Billboard and iTunes Christian sales charts. His soaring radio career includes four No.1 hits, “Your Love,” “I’m Not Who I Was,” “Wait and See” and 2009’s GMA Dove-winning Song of the Year, and RIAA Gold digital single, “Give Me Your Eyes.” Brandon first began writing at age 13 and credits his hometown’s legendary hotspot for songwriters, the Bluebird Café, as the place he first experienced music that moved him.
 
Since his 2006 debut, Heath has won an Emmy Award, been nominated for two GRAMMYs, an American Music Award, and holds multiple GMA Dove Awards. The Nashville native has been featured on the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric,” and in the pages of the Wall Street Journal and the Sunday edition of The New York Times.

Off stage, Heath seeks opportunities to merge his public platform with his heart for community, regularly working with Young Life, Blood:Water Mission, Restore International and unofficially volunteering for many other human rights agencies on a global scale. Heath also created the annual “Love Your Neighbor” benefit with Dove-winning songwriter Jason Ingram, in partnership with Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, Tennessee, for a night of music to raise funds and gather volunteers for a focused need in the Nashville community. The event has raised financial support for flood and tornado victims, and an uninsured high school student's eyesight-saving surgery.
01/28/2011
Rock & Worship Roadshow Presents Battle of the Bands Contest
First Winning Band Takes the Stage in Huntsville, AL


This year the Rock & Worship Roadshow, which launches this Friday in Cape Girardeau, MO, is giving fans a chance to be a part of the show by presenting a Battle of the Bands contest in select tour markets, which can be found here.

To compete in The Battle of the Bands contest, listeners submit their music and youtube videos to their local radio station and the station narrows down contestants to a final three. The music from the top three finalists is passed along to the Roadshow artists who pick the winning act to perform a two-song set, 45 minutes prior to the beginning of the Rock & Worship Roadshow in the listeners' city.  

The first set of finalists were recently chosen and hail from Tennessee, Texas and Pennsylvania. A Nashville-based band was ultimately announced as the winner, and will take the stage next weekend in Huntsville, AL.
 
“The Battle of the Bands contest is a great opportunity for our listeners and for us to learn about the talent in our audience,” says Kris Spain from 88.1 Way-FM in Huntsville. “We are glad to help discover and encourage up-and-coming talent.  The station received over 30 entries from local bands and those in other states.  Most bands dream of opening for a concert like this, and we are glad to offer them the chance!”
 
 The all-star cast on the 3rd Annual Rock & Worship Roadshow includes MercyMe, Jars of Clay, Thousand Foot Krutch, Matt Maher and The Afters, with hip-hop artist LeCrae joining the lineup starting February 24. The Compassion International sponsored event will entertain audiences in major cities such as Chicago, Colorado Springs and Phoenix and more while on the 25-city tour. To see full list of tour dates click here.
 
For more information on the Roadshow and the Battle of the Bands contest, please visit www.therockandworshiproadshow.com.

01/11/2011
3rd ANNUAL ROCK AND WORSHIP ROADSHOW ANNOUNCES ALL-STAR CAST
3rd ANNUAL ROCK AND WORSHIP ROADSHOW
ANNOUNCES ALL-STAR CAST
LINEUP INCLUDES MERCYME, JARS OF CLAY, THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH, LECRAE, MATT MAHER AND THE AFTERS

Drawing over 350,000 to concert venues across the country since it’s successful launch in 2009, the Rock and Worship Roadshow, is ready to embark on it’s 3rd Annual run of the popular concert series.  Compassion International will serve as the executive producer and is proud to announce the star-studded cast which includes the recent American Music Award winning band MercyMe, critically acclaimed band Jars of Clay, Thousand Foot Krutch, Matt Maher and The Afters. In addition to this stellar lineup GRAMMY ® Award nominated hip-hop artist LeCrae will join the tour starting February 24.
 
The tour will entertain audiences in major cities such as Chicago, Colorado Springs and Phoenix and more while on the 25-city tour. The fun will kick off January 28 and carry through until March 13. (to see full list of tour dates click here)
 
The tradition continues, as admission prices will again be $10 at-the-door, making it an affordable event for the whole family. In addition to bringing a night of exciting performances, the tour is also dedicated to a much greater purpose:  helping children through Compassion International, a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.  For more information on Compassion International go to http://www.compassion.com.

For more information on the Roadshow please visit www.rockandworshiproadshow.com.

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About MercyMe:  
Since their debut in 2001, Grammy-nominated, American Music Award and multiple GMA Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold nearly 6 million units in CD and DVD sales, while being one of few Contemporary Christian music groups to have had all of their recordings certified Gold or Platinum, as well as garner 22 No.1 multi-format Christian radio singles, and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” (No. 4 AC/top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), “Here With Me” (No. 4 AC),  “Homesick” (top 10 AC), and “So Long Self.” In 2009 BILLBOARD named MercyMe's "Word Of God Speak" the #1 Song of The Decade and the group the #1 Christian Songs Artist of the Decade, with an additional #1 as the Christian AC Song Artist of The Decade as one of the industry's most notable talents. MercyMe recently made history as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain. The multi-platinum selling band has sold out venues including Radio City Music Hall and has been seen on The Tonight Show,  CNN, Fox New Channel’s Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS’ The Early Show, and on the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, Billboard, and more. http://mercyme.org/
  
 About Jars of Clay:
Jars of Clay, made up of members Dan Haseltine (vocals), Charlie Lowell (keyboards), Stephen Mason (guitars), and Matt Odmark (guitars), launched its breakout career with the multi-format hit “Flood” in 1995. Since then, it has amassed more than 6 million in career sales (5 Gold, 2 Platinum and 1 Double Platinum certification), three GRAMMY Awards (from 8 nominations), an American Music Award nod, six GMA Dove Award nominations, 17 No. 1 radio hits, and numerous film credits and BMI honors for songwriting and performing. The band’s GRAMMY-nominated 10th album, The Long Fall Back to Earth, debuted at No. 1 on SoundScan and on Oct. 5, 2010,

Jars of Clay released the compelling and community-minded project, Jars of Clay Presents The Shelter featuring guest artists including Matt Maher and Audrey Assad.
  
The band recently wrapped its fall co-headlining tour with Brandon Heath, which sold out 7 cities during the 23-city run.  In partnership with Blood:Water Mission and Food for the Hungry, the tour saw nearly 25,000 fans and more than 400 kids sponsored.
  
While celebrated for its music and writing, Jars of Clay is most concerned with the needs in Africa. Compelled to make a difference, the group successfully launched the Blood:Water Mission, a non-profit organization promoting clean blood and water in Africa. Since the band’s debut, Jars of Clay has built an extraordinary career based on the uncompromising integrity of its music, worldview, and humanitarianism. For more information, please go to www.jarsofclay.com.
  
About Thousand Foot Krutch:
Thousand Foot Krutch, started by frontman/songwriter Trevor McNevan, have sold over 750,000 copies to date of their albums Set It Off, Phenomenon, The Art Of Breaking, The Flame in All of Us and Welcome To The Masquerade. The band hit the musical scene with the independent album Set It Off and their album Phenomenon branched into mainstream radio with the single “Rawkfist”. TFK’s albums have garnered  10 No. 1 Christian Rock singles, four Top 25 Active Rock Singles, and five Top 10 Christian CHR singles. The past year has been a whirlwind for TFK since the release of their fifth studio album, “Welcome to the Masquerade,” which has produced three No. 1 Christian Rock singles, two top 10 Christian CHR singles, one top 15 Active Rock single, as well as numerous TV, film, gaming and sport arena placements including being featured at the Super Bowl in February as well as ESPN’s use during recent NCAA games.  The album was touted by media as a “their best,” the “best album of its genre to be released,” and one of the “very best albums of the year.”  They’ve headlined a variety of festivals and have performed with acts Skillet, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, Tobymac, Switchfoot to name a few. For more information on TFK visit their website (www.thousandfootkrutch.com, MySpace (www.myspace.com/thousandfootkrutch) Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/thousandfootkrutch and Twitter - @officialTFK.  

About LeCrae:
A graduate of University of North Texas, Lecrae now resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife and children. He and his wife are small group leaders at Blueprint Church, and his passion for impacting urban culture persists. With four successful albums to his name, touring worldwide along with the 116 Clique, and inspiring a generation of
young believers across the globe, Lecrae is humbled by his position in leading others towards Christ. His hope is that Reach’s impact will spread far beyond simply the music and into the lives of individuals across the world, ultimately exalting Jesus Christ. Lecrae is the co-founder of Reach Life Ministries and Reach Records.
 
About Matt Maher: 
Matt Maher – worship leader, songwriter, singer and recording artist – has taken his calling as a “musical missionary” to create a substantial impact on a national and global stage. As an award-winning songwriter, Maher gained notice as the writer of the internationally renowned modern-worship song, “Your Grace Is Enough” which is currently on the Top 10 of the CCLI chart, marking their popularity in church worship services around the world. Highly sought after for his poignant yet poetic writing style, Maher has recently had songs recorded by such artists as Michael W. Smith; Chris Tomlin; Hawk Nelson; Phillips, Craig & Dean; Audrey Assad; Brenton Brown and others.
  
Maher garnered Album of the Year and Song of the Year at this year’s Covenant Awards (GMA Canada) as well as six award nominations at the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards including nods in the prestigious Song of the Year category and Worship Song of the Year for “I Will Rise,” a song recorded by Chris Tomlin. He picked up another nod in the Worship Song of the Year category for the song “Alive Again” as well as one for Praise & Worship Album of the Year for his acclaimed sophomore project Alive Again. Maher claimed a Dove Award in the Special Event Album of the Year category for his contribution on the Glory Revealed II: The Word of God in Worship project.
  
Amid busy touring and writing schedules, Maher finds it important to serve alongside ministries including Life Teen and Adore Ministries. Further, he serves as a regular host for Worship Together’s “Newsong Café.” Maher, recently honored with a Praise Award as Worship Leader’s Breakout Artist of 2008, has been featured on the covers of Breakaway and Christian Single, performed live on “FOX & Friends,” written for Billboard Magazine and is an active, bylined contributor to OnFaith.com ( www.newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith), an interactive conversation on religion.
  
For more information on Matt Maher, please visit: www.mattmahermusic.com.  For the latest in Matt Maher news and updates, follow him on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mattmahermusic.
  
About The Afters:
Texas-based band The Afters were propelled into the national spotlight with their album debut I Wish We All Could Win. The project spawned the swirling, melodic hit “Beautiful Love,” earning the band an enthusiastic following when the song was selected as the theme track for MTV’s “8th and Ocean”.  “Beautiful Love” was also the most downloaded track of 2006 on the iTunes ® Inspirational charts and garnered the band an mtvU award as well. The Afters’ sophomore release Never Going Back To OK debuted in the Top 50 on the Billboard Top 200, and proved to be sensation on the silver screen with “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Dr. Phil,” “Army Wives” (Lifetime) and “Rachael Ray.” A slew of media including Rolling Stone, Seventeen.com, E! News Live, TV Guide, Premiere Radio and more also picked up on covering The Afters’ earlier releases as well. Their latest album, Light Up the Sky, includes the No. 1 CHR hit of the same name. 
01/11/2011
MercyMe opens the Dallas Cowboys game by singing the National Anthem
MercyMe Closes 2010 With Billboard’s
National Christian Audience and
Christian AC Song of the Year, “All of Creation”
 
Band Performs National Anthem at Dallas Cowboys Game
 
On the heels of their second American Music Award win for Contemporary Inspirational Artist, MercyMe recently garnered the National Christian Audience Song of the Year and Christian AC Song of the Year with “All of Creation” according to Billboard magazine. The track dominated Billboard’s AC Monitored chart for 11 weeks, the longest run at No. 1 in the band’s career.
 
Along with the Song of the Year nod, MercyMe is closing out 2010 with a bang in other ways as well.   Having wrapped their successful “The Generous Mr. Lovewell” tour, the Dallas-area locals had a dream come true when they were recently asked to open a Dallas Cowboys Football game by singing the National Anthem for Sunday night football.
 
“2010 has been an amazing year for this band,” remarked lead vocalist Bart Millard. “Christian radio, fans, etc have just been so good to us, and this year was no exception - it’s just beyond incredible.   Of course standing on the football field before the Cowboys fans and such was mind blowing – what a thrill for all of us!  We’re a blessed group of guys for sure.”
 
The multi-platinum selling band was also invited to visit Sam’s Club associates in Bentonville, AR for their quarterly business review and holiday party. With nearly 1000 in attendance, MercyMe charmed the crowd with their humor and gave an intimate stripped down performance of some of their greatest hits, along with a selection of new favorites off of their latest best-selling album The Generous Mr. Lovewell.
 
MercyMe will kick off 2011 on January 28th when they hit the road for the third annual  Rock and Worship Roadshow. Compassion International will serve as the executive producer and along with MercyMe the tour will also feature Jars of Clay, Thousand Foot Krutch, Matt Maher, The Afters and LeCrae.

For more information on MercyMe please visit www.mercyme.org.