This thought woke Nashville recording artist PJ Anderson in the middle of the night. He quickly began work on the song “Mercy, Mercy” which would become the title track on his album.
That was January 2015. Two months later Pope Francis declared 2016 the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
“I don’t find this to be a coincidence,” says Anderson. “God put this song on my heart and mercy is something that is so desperately needed in our world.”
The theme of mercy came full circle this August: PJ was invited to perform at World Youth Day in Poland, the home of the Divine Mercy devotion. “God intended His mercy for us from the beginning. We’ve forgotten what mercy and forgiveness is life,” says Anderson. “It’s time to embrace mercy in our lives; His mercy is sweet like the summer rain.”
Mercy Mercy, which released on June 24th, is Anderson’s fifth studio album. The first single from the album, “Love Will Heal” (featured above), was selected as the anthem for the Youth Rally and Mass for Life at the Verizon Center, where PJ led an arena of over 20,000 students in worship before the March for Life.
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NAME: PJ ANDERSON
BORN IN: CHICAGO
LIVES IN: NASHVILLE, TN
LATEST ALBUM: RISE
INTERESTING FACT: After learning to play the guitar from a religious sister, he landed a role in a high school musical in Chicago. He went on to found his own band.
Curiosity: On a recent trip to Rome, PJ and his wife brought their kids to a Wednesday papal audience and to their great delight, Pope Francis held and kissed both of their kids! Watch the video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ9uXvVCvwI Trust us, it will make you smile, especially the part where Pope Francis is basically dancing.