(Bath, NY) – After 23 years together, MercyMe has been churning out hits for more than two decades. The band’s relentless commitment to faith, music and the gospel shows no signs of slowing down after their ninth studio album released this past spring.
This October, MercyMe hits the east coast for the second leg of its “LIFER” tour. Family Life of Bath, NY, will present three of those dates – one at Northwest Arena in Jamestown (Oct. 20); the second in conjunction with Kingdom Bound Ministries at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester (Oct. 21); and the third at Floyd L. Maines Arena in Binghamton (Oct. 22).
The band will perform fan favorites such as “I Can Only Imagine,” “Flawless,” “Greater,” and more, including their current chart-topper, “Even If.” Joining the tour will be openers Ryan Stevenson and Unspoken.
“We want these concerts to remind everyone in the audience what it really means to belong to the Kingdom of God,” says lead singer, Bart Millard. “We’re all in this for life. Even on the days we feel like quitting, Christ’s victory is ours.”
MercyMe has seen 27 of their songs reach No. 1 across multiple Christian radio formats with four mainstream radio hits. Their landmark song, “I Can Only Imagine,” was the first digital single in Christian music history to be certified platinum and double-platinum.
In 2014, “Welcome to the New” proved to be one of the biggest releases of the group’s career, earning them two GRAMMY® nods and four long-reigning No. 1 smashes on radio stations across the country.
“Since making “Welcome to the New,” our whole perspective has changed,” Millard admits. “There was a huge paradigm shift, so to speak, spiritually for us. The gospel didn’t change, but our perspective of who we are because of the gospel certainly changed.”
Millard grasped the concept of the no-strings-attached grace that Christ offers…and it literally changed him from the inside out. And now, the new album serves as the next natural chapter. If “Welcome to the New’s” central message was grace, “LIFER’s” core message is triumph.
“It’s a reminder that there is victory,” Millard says. “Life is not a sprint; it’s a marathon, and no matter what comes our way, we need to be reminded that we should live our life as if we’ve already read the last page of the book and know how the whole thing turns out. Our eternity is set.”
While the band spent the last three years telling fans they can be made new in Christ, with “LIFER” they wanted to acknowledge that while that is indeed true, it doesn’t always mean life is easy. It was time to explore how a believer can navigate the race with enough perseverance to make it to the finish line.
“The enemy never lets up,” Millard offers, “but we have the Spirit inside of us that is telling us over and over, ‘You are enough because of Christ in you. You are beautiful.’”
It’s a message Millard says he’ll be reiterating for the rest of his career, and it’s one he’s happy to repeat. “On my worst day, Christ is OK with me. He adores me. He’s pleased with me. How is that possible? No clue, but it is,” he affirms. “That’s the most amazing news of all. That’s the point of the album. That’s the reason we keep making records.”
General admission tickets are $35. Floor tickets are $45 and Artist Circle Tickets are $75. For ticket information, visit www.fln.org/events or call Family Life’s ticket office at 800-927-9083. Jamestown and Rochester shows start at 7 p.m. Sunday’s show in Binghamton starts at 6 PM.
About Family Life Ministries, Inc.
Family Life Ministries is devoted to strengthening individuals and families through Christian radio broadcasting, concerts, educational and social programs, biblical counseling, and the performing arts. Headquartered in Bath, N.Y., Family Life was founded in 1957, and provides various activities and programs for youth, adults, singles and seniors.
Family Life owns a Christian radio network of 23 stations and 41 translators broadcasting in regions of New York and Pennsylvania. Established in 1983, the radio network is a listener-supported broadcaster currently reaching a potential listenership of 5 million.
For more information on Family Life, visit www.fln.org.