Proclaim 18 to Feature MercyMe, I Can Only Imagine Movie

Mercy MeThe award-winning Christian music band MercyMe is scheduled to perform on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at the Opening Session of Proclaim 18, the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

In addition, the upcoming movie I Can Only Imagine, inspired by MercyMe’s 2001 hit song of the same name, will be screened later that night – just two weeks before its release in theaters on March 16, 2018.

“We are excited to have MercyMe join us for Proclaim 18, and to show I Can Only Imagine before it reaches theaters,” said NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. “The opening night will set the tone for the Convention as thousands across the nation come together for a week of inspiration, Kingdom business, and fellowship.”

Since their 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 28 No. 1 multi-format Christian radio singles and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine” (No. 4 AC/Top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), “Here With Me” (No. 4 AC), “Homesick” (Top 10 AC), and “So Long Self.” 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 them as one of the industry's most notable talents. In 2014, MercyMe made history 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.

Their radio success has continued with recent singles “Flawless” (No. 1 for 15 weeks) and “Greater” (No. 1 for 16 weeks), landing them the Top Christian Airplay Artist spot on Billboard's 2015 Year End charts.

They have sold out venues throughout the U.S. and Canada, including Radio City Music Hall, and have appeared on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, FOX New Channel's FOX & Friends, CNN, ABC News, and in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, and more. MercyMe’s eighth studio album, Welcome To The New, garnered two GRAMMY® nods, four radio hits, has been certified gold by the RIAA and continues to be a top selling title. LIFER, their latest chart-topping album, is available now.

I Can Only Imagine, the movie, tells the story behind the song of the same name, which was penned by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard in mere minutes, but took a lifetime to craft.

Directed by the Erwin Brothers (October Baby, Moms' Night Out, and Woodlawn), I Can Only Imagine stars Dennis Quaid, Trace Adkins, Priscilla Shirer, J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, and Cloris Leachman.

Proclaim 18 will take place February 27-March 2, 2018, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, while NRB’s award-winning Exposition – featuring around 200 exhibitors – will be open February 28-March 2.

For the Proclaim 18 schedule, hotel information, sponsorship and promotional opportunities, space and event reservation, registration, and more, visit

For questions related to registration, contact the NRB Convention Registrar at, or call 212-460-9700.

Register by November 1, 2017, and save up to $200!

By NRB Staff

Published: October 5, 2017


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