Christian hip hop duo, Social Club Misfits, are on a mission to bring an authentic message of grace to the masses… and it’s working. The Capitol Christian music group, created by artists Fern and Marty, has found success in both the Christian and mainstream industries, peaking at no. 4 on the Billboard Rap chart for their song, The Misadventures of Fern and Marty. As Dove Award winners and nominees, the pair hope to reach a large audience to bring genuine conversations on depression and not fitting in.
“We are two different men with two different testimonies,” Marty said in an interview with the Christian Post. “I was hurt by the church, but I came back because I had people who loved on me. Fern left the church, went to prison, and then came back to church. We have these two stories that, I guess, connect to a lot of people who feel like they have been misfits growing up in their church…”
Their latest EP, MOOD, reflects three common seasons in life: on the mountaintop, in the valley, and transitioning. Marty shared that the duo wanted to ask the questions, “Is God still good in the mountain, is He still good in the valley? Is He always good? Do we trust Him in every season of our life, in every mood? Do we trust God with every part of our life?”
The two-part EP starts with the “mountaintop” experience, when everything feels like it’s going right. Marty and Fern wrote it shortly after winning a Dove Award for their song, War Cry. But the group is not afraid to touch on difficult topics, like depression. Their song Our God Came To Us is a hopeful anthem of finding comfort in God’s presence.
“What do you do when the person you hated the most is looking like you / Nightmare stuck in a mirror /… Gotta keep it real, I wasn’t in control / So God came down to us…”
Fern’s experience in prison has been a powerful testimony in his music. “I remember falling down weeping in the little chain gang church,” he shared. “…I just fell down and I was weeping for about an hour and a half... And I remember from that day on, He promised, I always knew that He would never let me go…”
Fern and Marty have felt the devastating effects of depression and anxiety in their own lives. But they know the solution and they want others to know it too. “There's a God in heaven, who actually is very real and His love is very real and His healing still exists today…” Marty said. “We want people to understand that no matter where you are in your life, whether on the mountain or the valley, that He knows who you are, He knows you by name and that He's not leaving you alone.”
Visit the Social Club Misfits’ website for tour dates or to purchase their music.
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Mikaela Mathews is a freelance writer and editor based in Dallas, TX. She was the editor of a local magazine and a contributing writer for the Galveston Daily News and Spirit Magazine. She blogs at mikaelamathews.com.