MercyMe Welcome to the NewFor the Dove-Award winning group MercyMe, “Welcome to the New” is more than just the title of their latest CD.

The album provides a collection of songs that celebrate new life in Christ, and the theme is based on 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

“From the beginning to end, the whole premise of this record is identity in Christ,” said lead singer Bart Millard.  “As people are listening to these songs, our desire is that the message of the gospel resonates with people and helps them realize that God loves them unconditionally and is calling them to pursue a personal relationship with Him.

“From the moment you receive Christ, you are a brand new creation. When your identity is found in Christ, there is freedom. For all past, present and future sins, Christ already says redeemed.”


Through their message and music, band members desire to connect audiences to the life-changing love of Christ.

“God has really placed on our hearts the importance of sharing messages about grace and identity,” Millard said. “It’s the simplicity of the gospel and who you are in Christ — realizing why you can show grace to other people because grace has been shown to you.”

While embracing and embarking on a new season in life, Millard recently accepted a position at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz., where he will serve as the director of a new program launching this fall at the Center for Worship Arts

“A lot of musicians either go to college as a backup plan or skip it all together,” Millard noted. “I mentioned the idea of creating a program that would encourage musicians to earn a bachelor’s degree and come out not only more equipped from a business standpoint, but would also allow them to become more equipped by who they are in Christ.

“The goal is to raise up a generation of students and help them learn the Christian music industry inside and out, before they become a full-time worship leader or recording artist. Basically, I’ll be sharing everything that I learned the hard way over the past 20 years.”