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FairTrade Services artists MercyMe are featured on the cover of the May 1, 2017 edition of CCM Magazine. Front man Bart Millard recently sat down, at length, with contributor Matt Conner to discuss MercyMe’s new album Lifer (buy)—some of the band’s boldest music to date—and offers deep insight into their musical evolution.

“This album definitely feels current, but I think it’s because everything that’s current actually hearkens back to everything I loved about music growing up. All of the guys in the band are into different kinds of music, but Barry [Graul], our bass player, is the king of funk. So we started doing the song “Lifer” and it has this Maroon 5 or Bruno Mars vibe, and a lot of that stuff takes me back to the funk/disco stuff my older brother was playing for me. I fell in love with that stuff when they came out with it, because it reminded me of something else. I don’t know if it’s a confidence level or whether we just stopped caring in a good way of what people thought we should do or say or sing…” -Bart Millard from MercyMe’s CCM Magazine cover story

The May 1, 2017 edition also contains features from Jesus Culture‘s Kim Walker-Smith, Curb Records artist Selah,—celebrating their 20th year of music—and Memphis May Fire front man and new BEC Recordings signee Matty Mullins. New music reviews feature Covenant Worship‘s Sand & Stars (Integrity Music), NewSpring Fuse‘s Wildfire (DREAM Records) and much more! Read the entire issue for FREE by clicking the image below:

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The May 1, 2017 edition of CCM Magazine

 

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