MercyMe

Robin Shaffer, Michael John Scheuchzer, Bard Millard, Nathan Cochran and Barry Graul make up MercyMe, which will appear at RiseFest 2018, June 15-16, in Sheldon. The group, best-known for its hit “I Can Only Imagine,” will be Saturday night’s headliner.

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SHELDON—MercyMe, one of the best-selling Christian acts of all time, has been announced as the Saturday headliner for RiseFest 2018 in Sheldon.

The band will make its fourth appearance at RiseFest coming off of the box office success from its first feature film “I Can Only Imagine.”

“We’re so grateful to have them again” said Rob Roozeboom, president and founder of Rise Ministries, which puts on the annual Christian music and praise festival every Father’s Day weekend.

RiseFest 2018 will be June 15-16.

“Saturday just keeps getting better with Riley Clemmons, Jaci Velasquez, We Are Messengers, Jordan Feliz and Jeremy Camp, to name a few, and now we get to close Saturday night with MercyMe!” Roozeboom said. “Their song ‘I Can Only Imagine’ is now a movie and doing fantastic! If you haven’t been to it, I highly recommend going, it’s worth it!

“With RiseFest roughly two months away we can’t wait to see what God is going to do!”

Since its debut in 2001, Grammy-nominated, multiple American Music Award and Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold more than 9 million units in CD, single and DVD sales, garnered more than 57 No. 1 multi-format radio singles and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” “Here With Me,” “Homesick” and “So Long Self.”

MercyMe made history in 2014 as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 2 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum and double-platinum in the digital domain.

“I Can Only Imagine” the movie is about lead singer Bart Millard. Growing up in Texas, Millard suffered physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father. His childhood and relationship with his dad inspires him to write the song “I Can Only Imagine.” The song considers what it would be like in heaven and to be standing before God.

“Almost There,” MercyMe’s album containing the hit, recently received triple platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

In 2009, Billboard named MercyMe’s “Word of God Speak” the No. 1 Song of The Decade and the group the No. 1 Artist of the Decade in both the Christian Songs and Christian AC Songs categories, recognizing it as one of the industry’s most notable talents.

MercyMe has sold out venues throughout the United States and Canada, including Radio City Music Hall, and has appeared on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, “The Today Show,” “CBS This Morning,” Fox New Channel’s “Fox & Friends, “CNN and ABC News and in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today and more.

The group’s 2014 studio album, the RIAA-certified gold “Welcome to the New,” garnered two Grammy nods and four radio hits.

“Lifer,” its latest chart-topping, GMA Dove Award-winning and Grammy-nominated album, includes the RIAA-certified gold, Grammy-nominated hit “Even If,” which dominated the Billboard and Mediabase radio charts with a 19-week streak at No. 1.

MercyMe previous performed at RiseFest in 2017, 2013 and 2008.

The RiseFest Early Bird Special is running until April 30. Get tickets for only $27.50 each when 10 or more are purchased, $30 individually. These tickets are good for both Friday and Saturday of RiseFest. Tickets may be purchased at www.riseministries.com.

Camping spaces also are available and the camping area now features showers on site.

RiseFest features well-known and up-and-coming Christian artists.

In addition to musical acts, attendees can visit seminars and listen to speakers. Children can play games and make crafts in the Kids Zone. Junior and senior high school-age students can participate in their respective, specially catered youth areas.

Rise Ministries, along with its sponsors, partners and volunteers, seek to make the atmosphere of the event fun and meaningful for all ages.