Bart Millard probably has never been a name you are familiar with. Unless you were born under the Christian faith in the good ol’ United States, chances are you may have never heard of him or his work. I certainly didn’t. But it had to do more with my avoidance regarding most gospel music. His work making music largely is what gave him this net worth. And in this review, you will find out more about it.
For many of us who are unfamiliar with Bart Millard, let me try to paint the scene. The genre of gospel songs exist because music exists in a lot of religious faiths. If you have attended a Catholic mass, you have probably heard the usual songs and hymns they do during certain parts of the mass. If you think about it hard enough, you can probably the sound of the notes playing on the organ. It doesn’t matter what song it is, the organ is immediately recognizable.
A lot of places in the United States have some kind of denomination of the Christian faith. And because of that, a lot of flavors of gospel music have been born. A large part of it is because there are a lot of places in the U.S. with a robust music scene (see: country music in Tennessee). And people have meld their deep faith with their love of music. Thus, Christian rock, among others, was born.
Bart Millard’s journey to doing music started off when got an injury from playing a game. Initially, Millard wanted to pursue football. Professional football—the American version of it, not the one they consider “soccer’—pays well among the other team sports. If you have ever seen a professional football player, you probably have seen them wearing lavish clothes or drive really nice cars. You can kind of see why a career in that field would have been a good idea.
And like I said, Millard had to quit playing high school football after he suffered an injury during one of the games. In turn, he had to take choir as an elective. Years later, an opportunity to help out the local church’s choir group was offered to him. He accepted and was then helping out the choir’s audio-video team. He helped lead a praise team across a trip through Europe. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Bart Millard founded the band MercyMe in 1994. But he and the band’s pianist James Phillip Bryson met during Millard’s time in church. Both of them were involved in the trip to Europe. They pretty much stuck by each other after that. In the years before the band’s formation, they met guitarist Michael John Scheuchzer. As with a lot of bands, they tried to get signed by a record label. Around 1997, they settled in a town in Texas.
Compared with a lot of other more popular genres, Christian rock isn’t as popular. But it’s still a genre with its own dedicated fan base. In the years between the band settling in Texas in 1997 and getting signed by INO Records in 2001, MercyMe found two members to round out the band and then they made six independent projects. Their mainstream success didn’t come until three years after the release of their song I Can Only Imagine. Years after that, Bart Millard has amassed a net worth of $5,000,000.
Five million isn’t a bad net worth, especially for a musician. For a guy who has been making music for more than twenty years, he has worked hard to get that kind of value from his work. Because of the success of that particular song, a movie based on Bart’s life was released in 2018. MercyMe continues to make music, having released their tenth studio album in 2021.