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“I Can Only Imagine” Movie | The Inspiration Behind MercyMe’s Hit Song

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I Can Only Imagine Movie: A gripping reminder of the power of forgiveness,  this film beautifully illustrates that no one is ever too far from God’s love—or from an eternal home in Heaven.

About “I Can Only Imagine Movie”

Chasing a dream while running from broken relationships with his father and Shannon, his childhood sweetheart, Bart hits the road in an old, decrepit tour bus with his new band MercyMe—named for his grandmother’s favorite expression. With the guidance of a grizzled music-industry insider, the band begins a journey none of them could ever have imagined.

Directed by the Erwin Brothers (October Baby, Moms’ Night Out, and Woodlawn), I CAN ONLY IMAGINE stars J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Trace Adkins, Priscilla Shirer, with Cloris Leachman and Dennis Quaid.   The movie is in theaters March 16, 2018.

About Bart Millard

Bart Millard, best known as the front man of award-winning Christian group MercyMe, is also an acclaimed songwriter and artist in his own right. The iconic song “I Can Only Imagine,” written solely by Millard, made history in 2014 as it 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” is the song that brings ultimate hope to so many … often in the midst of life’s most challenging moments. Amazingly, the song was written in mere minutes by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard. In reality, those lyrics took a lifetime to craft.

Although he found faith at a young age, life wasn’t easy for Bart. He leaned into an active imagination and his love of music as escapes from a troubled home life. As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father. But a career-ending injury—combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential—set Bart on a musical pathway.

About MercyMe

Since their debut in 2001, this Grammy nominated, multiple American Music Award and Dove Award winning Christian music group has sold more than 9 million units in CD, single, and DVD sales. They have garnered more than 28 No. 1 multi-format Christian radio singles and four consecutive mainstream radio hits.


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I Can Only Imagine Movie: The inspiring, incredible, and unknown true story behind MercyMe’s beloved song is the basis for this brand-new movie from the Erwin Brothers | Image courtesy: icanonlyimagine.com


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