Multi-Platinum Band MercyMe’s The Hurt & The Healer No. 1 on Billboard Christian Sales Chart

Underscoring their long-standing popularity and appeal, the seventh studio album from multi-platinum and award-winning band MercyMe, The Hurt & The Healer, has hit the Billboard 200 top albums chart in a big way, landing at No. 7. The album charted at just below Lionel Richie’s newest release and above Sara Bareilles and Norah Jones’ latest. The Hurt & The Healer entered at No. 1 on the Christian SoundScan chart. During its debut week, the album reached No. 10 on iTunes’® Overall Albums Chart and has crowned the iTunes® Christian Albums chart at No. 1 since its release on May 22.

In addition to their success at retail and stellar critical acclaim (Christianity Today, New Release Tuesday, Crosswalk /, MercyMe is also currently dominating at radio. The album’s title-track lead single is sitting high at No. 1 this week on two charts: Billboard Christian AC Indicator and Soft AC/Inspo, and rose to No. 2 at AC Monitored. “The Hurt & The Healer” also continues to climb quickly upward at CHR, spending this week at No. 11.

As the Grammy-nominated band celebrates their new album, MercyMe will visit markets across the country throughout the summer. More information about tour dates can be found on MercyMe’s official site.


About MercyMe
Since their debut in 2001, Grammy-nominated, American Music Award and multiple GMA Dove Award winners MercyMe has sold over 6 million units in CD and DVD sales, while being one of few Contemporary Christian music groups to have had all of their recordings certified Gold or Platinum, as well as garner 23 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 #1 Song of The Decade and the group the #1 Christian Songs Artist of the Decade, with an additional #1 as the Christian AC Song Artist of The Decade as one of the industry’s most notable talents. MercyMe made history as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain. The multi-platinum selling band has sold out venues including Radio City Music Hall and has been seen on The Tonight Show, CNN, Fox New Channel’s Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS’s The Early Show, and on the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, Billboard, and more.

Integrity Music’s Christine D’Clario and Jacobo Ramos Nominated for 2012 Arpa Awards

Integrity Music’s Christine D’Clario and Jacobo Ramos were recently honored with nominations for the 2012 Arpa Awards. Known as “Premios Arpa” to the Spanish
speaking world, the Arpa Awards celebrate the best in Latin Christian music, recognizing outstanding artists, albums and songwriters.

This year, Christine received an Arpa nomination for FEMALE VOCALIST for her latest album De Vuelta Al Jardin (“Back To The Garden”), while Jacobo received nominations
for SONG OF THE YEAR, SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR and MALE VOCALIST for his project, Dile al Corazón Que Camine (“My Heart Walks With You”). Both of these
artists and their albums were also nominated for the 2012 GMA Dove Awards with each receiving nominations for “Best Spanish Language Album.”

The Arpa Awards will be presented on November 10th at the Pepsi Center in Mexico City, Mexico. Additional information and a full list of Arpa nominees is available at

Brandon Heath Hosts Fifth Annual “Love Your Neighbor” Event Benefitting Young Life Capernaum

Award-winning singer/songwriter, Brandon Heath, assembled friends Jason Ingram, Bebo Norman, Gabe Scott and Christopher Williams for the fifth annual “Love Your Neighbor” benefit concert last night; an event Heath started with renowned producer and songwriter Ingram in May 2008. The show was held at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, Tenn. and raised more than $14,000 for Young Life Capernaum, an outreach for students with physical and mental disabilities.

In attendance were more than 75 local Young Life Capernaum students including Katie Harbison, who joined Heath and friends on stage to share YLC’s impact on her life and perform a song from a worship CD she recorded, whose sales will directly cover Capernaum camp fees for one of her friends. Harbison’s performance generated a much deserved standing ovation.

To date, the five “Love Your Neighbor” events have raised more than $140,000 benefitting community needs. Heath and Ingram have promised a “sixth annual” event to take place next spring. For details on next year’s event, when it’s announced, follow the event’s twitter @luvyourneighbor and Facebook page To find out more about, or to donate to Young Life Capernaum, please visit:

About Brandon Heath
Since Brandon Heath’s debut on Reunion Records with Don’t Get Comfortable (2006), he has become one of Christian music’s most beloved and respected artists and songwriters.

Heath has twice been honored as GMA Male Vocalist of the Year (2009 and 2010), additionally garnering an Emmy Award, five GRAMMY nominations, an American Music Award nomination and multiple GMA Dove Awards and songwriting honors. His award-winning songs paired with his signature vocals reflect a soaring radio career that includes four No. 1 hits: “I’m Not Who I Was,” “Wait and See,” the 2009 GMA Dove Award-winning Song of the Year, “Give Me Your Eyes,” and the eight-week chart topper, “Your Love.”

Heath, a Nashville native, first began writing at age 13 and credits his hometown’s legendary hotspot for songwriters, the Bluebird Café, as the place he first experienced music that moved him. His artistry and ability to connect with audiences have compelled countless media outlets across the nation to platform his story and music. Coverage includes Billboard magazine, “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric,” Relevant magazine and a 2011 feature by the Wall Street Journal.

Other key spotlights include Discovery Channel’s “On The Case With Paula Zahn,” which highlighted “Give Me Your Eyes” (What If We 8/19/2008), and a feature by The New York Times Sunday edition, touting Heath as a GRAMMY-nominated newcomer “that shouldn’t be allowed to slip through the racks.”

Heath’s third album, Leaving Eden (1/18/2011) debuted No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Sales chart and is supported by non-stop direct-support and headlining tours.