After three records helmed by producer Pete Kipley, MercyMe was excited to try something new.
"We kind of grew up with Pete
like a seventh member, or having a really good friend work on the record.
"[Brown's] a legend in Christian music," he
has this amazing ability to make you better.He
doesn't really get involvedâ€"he
makes you do it but might say, â€˜Yeah, that works' or â€˜Let's try something else.' He's
an amazing encourager and makes you think you can do anything in the world."
did a fabulous job on the first three.He
helped us become a better band, better songwriters.But we felt like it was time for a change, and Pete
was really busy."
That different approach was sometimes radicalâ€"taking songs apart, putting them back together and, at times, totally reinventing them.One of Scheuchzer's favorites, "Something About You," morphed from "an aggressive rock song to soaring anthem."He
first version and was afraid he
wouldn't like the change, "but I totally did.
...Last year Bart Millard and his friend/ producer Pete Kipley partnered with MercyMe's label, INO, to launch Simple Records.
...Jeff Moseley, president of Simple's parent label INO, brought Phil Wickham to him, and Kipley and bandmate Mike Scheuchzer "told me about The Afters.