Christian music powerhouse MercyMe will be returning to the N.C. State Fair on Oct. 25.
MercyMe has been a longtime favorite among Christian music fans, but has also gathered widespread mainstream recognition with its 2002 hit “I Can Only Imagine.” The catchy lyrics illustrate what it might be like to finally meet God: “Will I stand in your presence, or to my knees will I fall? Will I sing hallelujah; will I be able to speak at all? I can only imagine.”
The group was founded in 1994 and signed with a record label in 2001. Since then, MercyMe has released hit after hit, capturing audiences with thought-provoking lyrics and rock rhythms. The band’s website says its music “enlightens, entertains and invites community,” and after listening to a handful of their songs, it’s easy to agree.
Another popular hit is “Word of God Speak,” which was the No. 1 Billboard Magazine Christian Song of the Decade from 2000-2009. Attendees of contemporary worship services certainly recognize many of MercyMe’s hits, including “Word of God Speak” and “You Reign.” The group’s most recent album, “The Hurt and The Healer,” combines raw emotion and exciting rhythms, likely ensuring it becomes a staple on the Christian music scene.
Although Bart Millard, the band’s lead vocalist, is more inclined to produce lyrical, emotional ballads, his band encourages him to give listeners a variety of slow and uptempo songs. The product of this collaboration has been a huge success for MercyMe.
MercyMe will perform at Dorton Arena on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and doors open at 6:30p.m.