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I Can Only Imagine

posted Mar 18, 2018, 12:39 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 18, 2018, 12:39 PM ]
The new Christian drama film I Can Only Imagine opens this weekend at a theater near you! It’s based on the story behind MercyMe's double platinum song of the same name, which has become the most-played contemporary Christian song of all time. It stars Dennis Quaid and Cloris Leachman, as well as J. Michael Finley as Bart Millard, the lead singer who wrote the song about his relationship with his father.

According to the movie’s director, it tells a "complex father-son story." Bart’s father died in 1991, when Bart was only 18. He began writing the words "I can only imagine" on items while he was thinking about his father, and alone on a bus one night, finally wrote the lyrics to the song by drawing on his thoughts about what he might experience standing before God in Heaven.

The band, which recorded the song as a “filler” on one of their albums, never expected it to gain mainstream success due to its explicit references to Jesus and Heaven. But it cracked into secular charts, including the Billboard Hot 100, spending 16 non-consecutive weeks there! In April 2010, it was certified platinum, signifying sales of over 1,000,000 digital downloads, becoming the first single by any artist in the Christian music genre to do that. As of this month, it has sold 2.5 million copies, making it the best-selling Christian single of all time.

It’s been covered by several artists including Amy Grant; Jeff Carson; Kathryn Scott; Wynonna Judd; Emerson Drive and Marie Osmond. And now the movie is sure to introduce this song to even more people...