Mercy Me to perform in Poteau

Christian rockers Mercy Me, a multi-platinum award winning band, will perform in concert at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19."We have offered several shows at the DWRCC and this is the biggest one for the multi venue facility," said Mayor Jeff Shockley.Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. today at the Poteau Chamber of Commerce, 201 S. Broadway, phone (918) 647-9178.The band will be performing its latest album, “The Hurt & Healer,” which debuted at No. 7 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart last year and has produced a couple of No. 1 singles, according to the Billboard Christian AC Chart and Christian Radio.Ticket prices include $45 VIP limited reserved, $40 general admission and  $35 advance. MercyMe was formed in Greenville, Texas in 1994. The band released six independent albums before signing with INO Records in 2001. The group first gained mainstream recognition with the crossover single, "I Can Only Imagine" which elevated their debut album, Almost There, to double platinum certification. Since then, the group has released six additional studio albums (four of which have been certified gold) and a greatest hits album, 10. The group has also had 13 consecutive top 5 singles on the Billboard Christian Songs chart, with seven of them reaching No. 1. MercyMe has won 8 Dove Awards and has had numerous Grammy Award nominations.