Josh Griffin interviews Mercy Me’s Bart Millard about his life story in the new movie, I Can Only Imagine, in theaters 3/16/18.
In high school, Millard wanted to become a football player, which ended when he injured his ankles at a high school football game. As a result, Millard took choir as an elective. Millard’s father died during his freshman year of college, and his youth pastor invited him to work with the church’s youth group worship band. Millard accepted and worked with the video and audio systems for the group. James (Jim) Bryson played piano for that band and later went on to play with Bart Millard and the worship band on a trip to Switzerland. This trip inspired Millard to pursue a full-time musical career. Millard and two of his friends moved to Oklahoma City, and formed MercyMe. Since then, the band has recorded six Independent, nine Studio, two Exclusive, two Christmas, and one Compilation album.