Given birth to and raised in Greenville, TX, Bart Millard discovered music following a high school soccer damage landed him in the institution choir. Only a semester into university his father passed on, and Millard, feeling a big change was needed, adopted his youngsters pastor’s praise music group to Lakeland, FL. It had been during this time period that he created the ultra-successful Christian rock and roll group MercyMe and relocated to Oklahoma. His 1st solo recording, Hymned No. 1, which fuses traditional gospel, Tx blues, as well as the Southern hymns of his youngsters, premiered in August of 2005.