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During their recording, the band was using a studio drummer. Reckless Mercy knew they needed a drummer and began to think about whom that might be. They heard that Tony’s band had dissolved and thought that he would at least be a good drummer for the North Carolina area. Reckless Mercy’s members were already spread out over South Carolina and Georgia. Tony actually ended up calling Stephen and said “God has laid it on my heart to be your drummer.” The guys were excited about having a drummer for the North Carolina area. Tony quickly pointed out, “I don’t think you understand. I don’t want to be your North Carolina drummer. I want to be your drummer all the time. It doesn’t matter if it’s North Carolina or Florida.”

Influences come from many different places in Reckless Mercy. Alex grew up with an eclectic mix in his house of grassroots American, Latino, and classical. His family heritage share Latino roots. Always in good fun, it is not uncommon to hear Stephen joke at their concerts about Alex swimming to the show or coming from Puerto Rico, Georgia.

Stephen brings a folksy sound to the group. Growing up with Christian music, he was very hesitant when a friend let him borrow “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan”. Stephen is still very guarded about what music he listens to, but the album struck a nerve. Bob Dylan’s unpolished voice made Stephen think, “I can do that!” Taking in some Ritchie Havens and Rich Mullins as well, Stephen found his voice.

Adam cut his musical teeth in his high school band on the trombone. Adding upright and electric bass to the mix, Adam established a firm foundation that prepared him for Reckless Mercy. Tony had experience playing in many bands over the years, including a Southern Gospel group. He even began playing drums with his family’s band when he was only six years old! This blend of backgrounds shaped the fresh but familiar sound of Reckless Mercy.

Four men with a shared vision and heart have an eagerness to bring their ministry to the masses. Reckless Mercy crosses boundaries because they share the Gospel in a transparent and approachable way. Each member shares their individual testimonies from the stage, but the real ministry begins when they get off the stage. Somebody in the audience will connect with one member or another and go straight to them after the show.

You would really be hard pressed to find four nicer guys than this group, and they take time to listen to the burdens that many are carrying. Drug addictions, struggles with lust, and war wounds are just a few of the issues. Tony’s family struggles with alcohol touch home for many. He came from an alcoholic family and traveled a similar path himself. By the sweet mercies of God, Tony was freed from the generational curse that followed his family for so long. Reckless Mercy shares the freedom that is available to anyone in Christ.

Reckless Mercy’s outreach does not only focus on secular venues. Within the church they bring a strong word. They encourage the Christian façade to be thrown away and start loving people. Once people can admit that they are not perfect, God can truly start using them. Christian brothers and sisters should be answering the call to go out to the entire world. Alex puts it into perspective, “If you’re not evangelizing, you’re fossilizing.”

What does the future hold for Reckless Mercy? Alex, Stephen, Adam, and Tony know that they are answering the Lord’s call. God has opened many new opportunities each year. The band played 70+ shows in 2013, and has festival opportunities in 2014. Reckless Mercy would love to be financially able to minister full time, but their focus continues to be “keeping the main thing, the main thing.”

The band covets the prayers of the saints, and encourages you to get involved with them online. You can find each member’s personal profile on Facebook along with the band’s page. Their website will also link you to the band’s music, merchandise, videos (including a new cover of “Ain’t No Grave”), and tour dates.

Download the free song "Burden for the Lost" here.



From: Volume 2 - Issue 3


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