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“I Can Only Imagine” THE MOVIE
releases in theaters nationwide March 16. You’ll want to grab your tribe, your people, your church and your momma and head to your local theater opening weekend. This is one special movie you won’t want to miss! But, before there was ever a film, there was a song… Here are 13 things you need to know about THE SONG, “I Can Only Imagine,” before you see the movie:

1. “I Can Only Imagine” is the name of a song written by Bart Millard, lead singer of Christian pop/rock/worship band MercyMe. (The movie is based on Millard’s life.)

2. Millard wrote the song by himself in 10 minutes on the band’s tour bus.

3. The song was written after losing his father to cancer. “I Can Only Imagine” was a phrase his grandmother had spoken to him in passing during the funeral. Millard couldn’t get the phrase–or the image of heaven–out of his mind.

4. “I Can Only Imagine” put MercyMe on the map and became the band’s career song. Ironically, it was the group’s first single released to radio after they signed with a label.

5. “I Can Only Imagine” first appeared on MercyMe’s 1999 independent album, The Worship Project. The band later re-recorded the piano ballad for their major label debut, Almost There, in 2001.

6. In addition to becoming a massive hit at Christian radio, the song crossed over and became a Top 25 hit at Top 40/Hot AC radio and reached No. 4 at Adult Contemporary radio.

7. After numerous requests from listeners, a mainstream station in Dallas, Texas, started playing the song. “I Can Only Imagine” became the station’s most-requested and most-played song. And thus began MercyMe’s chart climb on secular radio.

8. The song’s original music video features the members of MercyMe, other artists and close personal friends holding up real-life photographs of loved ones they’ve lost. Millard holds up a photo of his dad.

9. “I Can Only Imagine” won MercyMe multiple GMA Dove Awards in 2002: “Song of The Year,” “Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year” and “Songwriter of the Year” for Millard.

10. Various versions of the song have also since been recorded by other artists, including Amy Grant, Wynonna Judd, Marie Osmond and Tamela Mann, among others.

11. Amy Grant was originally slated to record the song before MercyMe released it. At the last minute, she decided to give it up and suggested that MercyMe keep it for themselves.

12. “I Can Only Imagine” became the first song in Christian music history to be certified Platinum. Today, the song has been certified 3x Platinum by the RIAA.

13. MercyMe released a brand-new, up-tempo version of the song exclusively for the movie.

Get tickets and more info at www.icanonlyimagine.com.