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MercyMe’s Bart Millard: ‘We Still Love What We Do’

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MercyMe’s Bart Millard: ‘We Still Love What We Do’

By Movieguide® Contributor

MercyMe’s Bart Millard is sharing how the band has found a balance between their careers and their lives. 

“We did learn to say no over the years and kind of got control of — we got where we enjoyed it,” Millard said during an appearance on “The Matthew West Podcast.”

Millard explained that MercyMe now performs about 50 shows a year, as opposed to the 250-300 they once did.

“We’ve worked so hard. We’ve just decided: MercyMe will never break up. We’ll just do less shows,” he laughed. 

Millard admitted it’s hard to take that step back and said he sometimes worries that, in the social media age, time off might mean fans forget about them.

“But we got in a healthy place of not caring anymore about what people thought we should do,” the singer added. “We still love what we do.”

MercyMe recently wrapped up their tour with TobyMac and Zach Williams but are getting ready to hit the road again with the “Always Only Jesus” tour. 

“We’re excited to announce the Spring #AlwaysOnlyJesusTour with our friends @newsboys and @davidleonardmusic,” they posted on Instagram. “We can’t wait to see you all out on the road!”

MercyMe also just celebrated extending their own Billboard record. 

“MercyMe extends its records for the most No. 1s on Billboard’s Christian Airplay and Christian AC Airplay charts, as ‘To Not Worship You’ ascends to the top of both tallies dated Sept. 16,”  Billboard reported

Millard celebrated with an Instagram post, writing, “Cannot tell you how grateful we are! We started the band in 1994. The fact that people still care to listen to our music is truly mind blowing and something we will never take for granted! Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Movieguide® previously reported on the band’s 30 years together:

MercyMe band member Bart Millard is reflecting on his time with the group. 

“We’ve been in the band 30 years next August,” he said during an appearance on “The Matthew West Podcast,”  joking that it’s pretty significant, considering he’s just 35 years old. 

When West asked what his initial dreams for the group were, Millard said they were pretty small.

“The dream was to be heard on the radio,” he said. “I couldn’t think higher than that…It was one thing to own the album and choose to listen to it, but when something would pop up on the radio…[I thought] ‘Man, what would that feel like?’ I couldn’t imagine.

Today, Millard and the rest of MercyMe are among the most popular Christian artists. 

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