The interview: Cochran, who joined MercyMe in 1997, recently checked in from his home outside Nashville to discuss the band.
Imagined rewards: "This year in particular, we spent a lot of time just sitting around being grateful. It's pretty cool. We're still following up everything that came along with the movie release. It's been kind of a whirlwind."
Staying power: "We call 'I Can Only Imagine' the song that won't go away, but it has been great. All we were concerned about was that the movie told the story well. It obviously focused on Bart's childhood, but it's big part of all of our lives. We were really happy with the way it turned out."
The aftermath: "Releasing the movie was almost like releasing another record, so we've had a lot happening around that. Thankfully, we had a good chunk of time off this summer to kind of regroup. We're just now getting back into the swing of things."
Album No. 10: "We're in the throes of trying to finish a record right now. We should've been working on more this summer. We carried over bad habits from high school and we're doing our homework at the last minute but we're slowly finishing it up."
Fertile times: "We've always set out to be honest about what we're doing, why we're doing it and why we write the way we write and the things we talk about. We always said we'd keep doing this until it didn't seem like we were 'bearing fruit,' as we called it. We're surprised after 25 years people are not only interested in what we're doing but are still passionate about it."
WANT TO GO?
Who: MercyMe's Imagine Nation Tour with special guests Crowder and Micah Tyler
Where: Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24
More info: 937-775-3498 or www.nuttercenter.com