Don't Shoot is the new single. The world is in such turmoil. There are things we can't explain and things we have to just give over to God. But in the meantime, please stop the violence, the pain, the hurt and just don't shoot....Please.
Imagine knowing that mistakes were made and you get a second chance. This is what the heavenly Father does, He allows you to rise from your mistakes and do better, be better, because He has always been there for us and offered peace. The new single from writers, artists and musicians Doug “Truth” Smith and Paul “Pjaye” Scott of Mercy Club, echo that sentiment with their new single “Don't Shoot.” The song is meant to bring attention to the unnecessary gun violence here and around the world. If anyone reading this has been affected by gun violence we stretch out our hands in prayer for you and with you. In a world where the statistics prove that everyday 321 people are shot in the US and of those 111 are killed, Mercy Club honors the survivors and prays that everyone would just stop for a minute and DON'T SHOOT!!
Doug, the son of a Preacher from Rochester, NY and Paul, growing up in a musical and art family, met in the summer of ‘75 in Paul’s hometown of Plainfield, New Jersey. Known around the world as the birthplace of P-Funk and home of the legendary funk mob George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, it was there that they were immersed into the funk. Consequently, the funk and soul that resonates in their sound, their music and their personas is more than just authentic; it is a part of their DNA. At this point the bond was not to be unbroken, brothers playing together for over 30 years. On this journey they would play and produce for the likes of Millie Jackson, Pfunk, Van Hunt, the funk horn band - The Voltage Brothers, and a host of others. They have toured the world, sold out arenas, acted and produced long-running stage plays, and owned studios where platinum acts and records were recorded. They chased a dream, got it, and had what the world calls success. However, this road was not theirs, they reached a level where change was necessary, a change that came with a relationship with God. And this was the success they craved, with this Godly journey they were finally able to declare real success and it means a whole lot more now.
At the center of it all, Mercy Club are humanitarians that use music as a tool to help further their message. They help people to think further than where they are and see where they can be. They use the topic of love, not to be confused with relationship love, but love that surpasses all understanding, and a love that is similar in the way that the Father loves all His children. It is out of love that they feed the hungry, help the homeless and do the philanthropic work that they do. They both realize that going from funk to faith and a change in genre did not save them; they needed something more, something bigger, it was God calling and they decided it was time to just say yes. This way there was no need to second guess, no need to go back, no matter what the world said.
The name Mercy Club was inspired by the story of the good Samaritan. What did it take for this one person to offer aid in a stranger’s time of need? Not only to offer aid, but to extend mercy. Mercy Club also comes from the idea that if there was a place, or a club, where musicians, dancers, and artists could be a part of, be good Samaritans, go out of their way to help, and go out on a limb for others, what would that place be? It would be a Mercy Club.
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