MercyMe Garners Two GRAMMY® Nods for "Welcome To the New"
Fair Trade band MercyMe is celebrating their third and fourth GRAMMY® nominations today, picking up dual honors on their latest studio album Welcome To The New. The album is nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album and the lead single off the album – “Shake” – is nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song.
The energetic Welcome To the New released earlier this year and landed at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, the highest new debut of the week. The album received rave reviews, gathering affirmation from USA Today, Rhapsody and more. The popularity of the lead single “Shake” led to a performance on NBC’s TODAY Show and over 2 million music video views on several social platforms.
MercyMe received their first GRAMMY® nomination in 2007 for Best Contemporary Pop/Gospel Album of the Year – Coming Up to Breathe. They were also nominated as songwriters in 2009 for “You Reign” off of All That is Within Me. Lead singer Bart Millard was nominated in 2009 for Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album for his solo album Hymned Again.
The dual GRAMMY® nominations make for an epic end to a spectacular year for MercyMe. Following the band’s Top 5 Billboard 200 debut, their classic and career defining hit “I Can Only Imagine” hit over two million digital downloads, making history as the first Christian single to go RIAA Certified Double Platinum. Previously, the song was also the first to hit the one million mark. In addition, their new single “Greater” has spent 12 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard National Christian Audience Chart, Bart Millard recently hosted the GMA Dove Awards with Lecrae and the band is set to headline the popular Rock and Worship Roadshow Tour in 2015.