Members of the Fall Within band just don't want to perform their Christian music.
They desire to be ministry-oriented and "spread hope and love in more of a tangible way," said co-founder Blue Davis, who writes the lyrics and plays rhythm guitar.
"Our goal is not so much to preach to the choir," Davis said.
That's why the four-man group will launch their goal with a benefit for the Nashville Rescue Mission during their debut concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 at Main Street Live at 527 W. Main St. in Murfreesboro. Concert-goers who donate to the Mission will receive the Fall Within debut CD or a download card.
Three of the four band members daily meet the needs of less fortunate people in their fulltime jobs. Davis is a team leader for a hospital's registration department who deals with homeless people needing medical care. Rutherford County Sheriff's Patrol Lt. Ty Downing, the drummer, and School Resource Officer Markell Draine, who plays bass, serve citizens with needs. Lead guitarist Jacob Slater works at Firestone.
Davis grew up with passionate Christian bands but didn't want to be limited because of contracts and legalities.
"Our desire is to be ministry and evangelism," Davis said. "We like to get behind something that helps and bring hope, education and second change."
Downing and his wife, Ericka, support the Nashville Rescue Mission and mentioned donating their cause.
"This is what we care about to bring hope in people's lives and bring hope of God," Davis said. "What I like about the rescue mission it that it exists wholly on donations from churches and people and organizations not subsidized by government."
The Rescue Mission does more than housing men who live on the streets. They help families, single women, single mothers and children. People come to the mission from all walks of life. Some of their clients are people abused or torn down by life or hurting and let down by society. The mission gives many homeless people a place to stay and builds their futures back up.
They follow the Bible's James 1:27, which reads in part, "to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction."
"We're commanded to look after the less fortunate, especially the widows and children," Davis said.
Fall Within wanted to get behind the mission and turn their first release into a benefit.
"Our music is kind of a melting pot of harder rock, the West Coast Indy sound merged with UK bands," Davis explained. "Jacob and Ty have metal and punk backgrounds. Somehow it works."
Concert-goers can enjoy the music and hear a talk about Nashville's Rescue Mission. Davis hopes people who are blessed will be generous with their donations.
"We want our focus to be on the Lord and what this organization is doing for people," Davis said. "We hope to raise a good amount for the mission. That's our hope."