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Mercy (1992)

Updated: Dec 14, 2023


Mercy is the sixth studio album by Christian singer - songwriter Bryan Duncan, released in 1992 on Myrrh/Word Records. The album is produced by Dan Posthuma.


Mercy is Duncan's most successful album containing seven singles that all went Top 10 on the Christian music charts including the lead single and music video "Love Takes Time," topping the Christian CHR chart, plus "Into My Heart," "Step by Step" and "When It Comes to Love" all went charted on both Christian CHR and Christian AC charts. The radio singles were released between late 1992 and spring 1994. Musician/producer Michael Omartian co-wrote two songs with Duncan, as well as one of the keyboard arrangers along with Robbie Buchanan and Peter Wolf. Christian music singer Crystal Lewis duets with Duncan on the album's final track "Five Smooth Stones."


Mercy peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart. Duncan earned his first Dove Award nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year in 1994. A concert video on VHS was released in 1993 titled Mercy Alive! - Bryan Duncan Live at Flevo Festival: The Netherlands featuring the Christian R&B vocal group Anointed providing backing vocals. It includes behind-the-scenes footage of Duncan and his band and interviews.


Track listing


1. Mercy Me (Love Is My Responsibility) (Bryan Duncan, Michael Omartian, Darrell

Brown) -3:17

2. Step by Step (Bryan Duncan, Michael Omartian) -4:42

3. Into My Heart (Bryan Duncan, Reed Vertelney) -3:56

4. You Don't Leave Me Lonely (Bryan Duncan, Randy Lee) -3:59

5. When It Comes to Love (Reed Vertelney, Jeff Pescetto) -5:30

6. Looks a Lot Like Me (Bryan Duncan, Chuck Barth) -3:45

7. Love Takes Time (Bryan Duncan, Chuck Barth) -3:51

8. Faithful to You (Bryan Duncan, Chuck Barth) -5:05

9. I'll Not Forget You (Bryan Duncan, Chuck Barth) -3:11

10. Five Smooth Stones (duet with Crystal Lewis) (Bryan Duncan, Randy Lee, Cedric Lee, LouAnn Lee) -3:31


Radio singles

1992 -1993 "Love Takes Time" -#1 Christian CHR, #2 Christian AC

1993 "You Don't Leave Me Lonely" -#1 Christian AC

1993 "Into My Heart" -#6 Christian CHR, #2 Christian AC

1993 "Step by Step" -#4 Christian CHR, #2 Christian AC

1993 -1994 "When It Comes to Love" -#5 Christian CHR, #2 Christian AC

1994 "I'll Not Forget You" -#1 Christian AC

1994 "Five Smooth Stones" (with Crystal Lewis) -#6 Christian CHR


Next release: Slow Revival (1994)

See the full-length concert video Mercy Alive! - Bryan Duncan Live at Flevo Festival: The Netherlands here:


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