MercyMe 'Welcome To The New' Album Available on April 8 (VIDEO)

Jeannie LawJan 16, 2014 11:14 AM EST

GRAMMY-nominated, American Music Award and Dove Award winning band MercyMe announced their eighth studio album in 2014, Welcome To The New, is available April 8.

MercyMe entered a New Era with their forthcoming studio record Welcome To The New. The album has already caught the attention of many music lovers. Its first single, "Shake," has been playing on all major Christian stations and the music video for the song received roughly 700,000 views.

For the new album the band collaborated with top producers David Garcia and Ben Glover (TobyMac, Mandisa). The press release on the band's site said Welcome To The New embodies a shift in tone for the group.

Lead singer Bart Millard said, "At 41-years-old, I feel like I am just starting to grasp who I am in Christ," adding "I grew up in a somewhat legalistic environment where the harder you try, the better God likes you.

"It was about two years ago a dear friend of mine reminded me I cannot do enough great things to make Christ love me more than He already does. Not to mention, I can't sabotage this relationship and be taken from His hand," He continued. "In other words, all the work was truly done on the cross and I cannot mess it up! This is not a new season in my life, it is my life! Everything has changed from this point on, and I want to tell this to anyone who will listen and be the first to welcome them to the new!"

MercyMe is a remarkable Christian band that was founded in Greenville, Texas. They first gained mainstream recognition with the crossover single, "I Can Only Imagine," giving the group double platinum certification.

MercyMe released "Shake," their first single from the upcoming release. The single's impressive drive has translated well for the "Shake" music video. Enjoy this up beat comical video of the single below.

The album will be available for pre-order at Lifeway, Family Christian Stores and other participating retailers on January 28, as well as iTunes on February 18.

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