Autumn Ridge Church 2013 Arts Series
An Evening with MercyMe
3611 Salem Road SW
Rochester, MN, 55902
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
MercyMe holds a unique distinction as Christian music's top group, yet their consistent string of radio hits also endures them to many in the mainstream pop and country music fan community. With six records already under their belts, the Texas based five some were already top hit makers when they last appeared in Redding in 2007 (early hits included Word of God Speak, Homesick, So Long Self and the all-time classic I Can Only Imagine). But since the 2007 appearance they've soared to even greater heights with each of their now ten albums have been certified Gold or Platinum and their Christian radio hit total reaching 23!
MercyMe's latest album is "The Hurt & the Healer" and the title cut is their latest hit song.
Authentic. Fresh. Organic. Artistic. Accessible.
No, we’re not talking about the burrito joint down the street or your favorite coffee shop. We’re talking about the music of singer-songwriter Elizabeth Hunnicutt. Based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, Elizabeth has been writing music for several years that has a way of engaging the listener’s heart and mind in refreshing ways. Serving as an expression of her own journey, Elizabeth’s music has a personal feel, as if she’s singing entries from her journal. Faith is the foundation of Elizabeth’s thoughts and perspectives and that comes through in her honest and heartfelt lyrics. She’s not afraid to ask questions or voice her doubts, and her music paints a picture of life that recognizes things aren’t always easy, yet the path is often littered with hope.
Born on a farm in rural Nebraska and raised near the mountains in Colorado, Elizabeth found her way to the urban setting of Minneapolis-St. Paul for college. This diverse mixture of “homes” has not only shaped her life experiences, but also the music in which these experiences are shared. The frozen tundra of Minnesota was formative to her music, best described as acoustic-folk-pop, that is finding a home with a variety of listeners in all stages of life. Being a songwriter, performer and a worship leader gives Elizabeth a wide array of opportunities to share what has been put on her heart and connect with people in different settings.
While Elizabeth has shared the stage with talented artists like David Crowder Band, Mat Kearney, Brooke Fraser, Shane and Shane, Sara Groves, Dave Barnes, Derek Webb, and Ginny Owens, she can also regularly be found leading worship at churches, colleges, retreats, and conferences. “I love getting to engage with people musically,” Elizabeth explains, “but I also love connecting with people off the stage. I believe relationships and community are vitally important, and I want to help foster those things.”
In 2006, Elizabeth Hunnicutt was awarded the Gospel Music Association Academy Song of the Year for her song “Alright,” while also taking home the second place award for “Drink You Deep,” both off of her second album, Finding Me Here.
When talking about her love for songwriting, Elizabeth says, “I find that songs can sometimes convey what your heart is feeling, but words alone can’t express. I love writing a song, only to find out that it’s exactly what somebody else was feeling, but couldn’t quite figure how to say. It’s amazing knowing that you were able to do that for someone.”
Elizabeth recently released her 5th project, titled “Undone.” This is unlike any other project to date, featuring acoustic version of both new songs and older songs. These songs center around grief, sorrow, hope, and joy. They are an honest look at the ups and downs of life, revealing snapshots of her life and the lives of her friends.
The project also highlights issues of justice, including a song about human trafficking, titled “Freedom.” Elizabeth’s recent trip to Uganda has also influenced her writing, producing a prayer for Ugandan children in song, called “You Are Not Forgotten.”
Wherever you are in your journey, Elizabeth’s music is sure to be a welcome companion as you walk, stumble, and find your way through life.