Christian band Reckless Mercy - different sound, but message stays the same

loberle@islandpacket.comMay 31, 2013 

Band members Stephen Jeffrey, Alex Castillo, Adam Brinks and Tony Cox

  • IF YOU GO

    Reckless Mercy will perform three concerts in the area:



    Praise Adopts Benefit Concert, featuring Reckless Mercy and Vessel

    WHEN: 7 p.m. June 7

    WHERE: Praise Assembly of God, 800 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort

    COST: $10; $40 a family

    DETAILS: Proceeds go to Praise Adopts, a nonprofit of Praise Assembly of God to bring orphans to their new families.



    Other performances

    WHEN: 6 p.m. June 8

    WHERE: City Coffee Savannah, 125 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Savannah

    COST: Free



    WHEN: 11 a.m. June 9

    WHERE: Cornerstone Christian Church, 2301 First Blvd., Beaufort

    COST: Free

They wanted to create music that would be based in Christianity, with lyrics inspired by the gospel and a message rooted in the Bible.

But they wanted it to be a style of music they actually enjoyed.

When Beaufort resident Stephen Jeffrey and Alex Castillo of Savannah founded Reckless Mercy seven years ago, their goal was to branch out from the sound that was typical of the Christian contemporary music industry, while still presenting the same message.

"When you listen to Christian music, it's so callous and perfect. People have grown to expect a certain thing out of it," Jeffrey said. "We wanted to put out an album of what music we would like to hear."

Reckless Mercy -- now made up of band members Castillo, Jeffrey, Adam Brinks of Eden, Ga., and Tony Cox of Asheville, N.C., -- will hold three concerts in the area this month.

The first will be June 7 at Praise Assembly of God in Beaufort as part of the "Praise Adopts Benefit Concert"; the next will be June 8 at City Coffee Savannah in downtown Savannah; and they will perform June 9 during the Sunday morning service at Cornerstone Church in Beaufort.

The folk-rock band lists the Avett Brothers, Bob Dylan, Band of Horses and Neil Young as musical influences. In addition to the churches, benefit concerts and coffee houses the band frequents, Reckless Mercy has played at biker rallies and bars.

"The bar scene was never my background, but God called us to that," Jeffrey said.

He said that by presenting the gospel in a language people can understand, their music acts as a ministry that speaks to people the church and Christian radio stations might not be able to.

"We hope to reach the people who have been disenchanted by the church, maybe the crowd that's lived on the edge all their life," Jeffrey said.

But no matter where they are playing, their message stays the same.

"We're preaching the same message: God comes to us in our mess, in our junk, and he pulls us out. If he can get our heart, he can change who we are as people. We're not watering down the gospel," Jeffrey said. "We don't change to do a church event. We don't change to play at a bar. We are who we are wherever we're at. You're going to see the same thing out of us Sunday morning as you see out of us Saturday night."

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