photooneMy name is Pat.

Just because something has been ingrained into your heart and mind from birth through tradition and repetition, that doesn’t make it true. If I cared what the world thought, I wouldn’t be a Christian. If I cared what Christians thought, I wouldn’t be a Historicist.

A Martyr’s Oath is a new music project of mine. The band name is inspired by my faith in Christ. Although there is not a formal definition for the phrase, A Martyr’s Oath would be a person who is willing to die for their beliefs while standing on a pledge of that very belief system. This recording project is instrumentally inspired by the hardcore and deathcore scene. Although my 6 years long full time music career was centered on preforming acoustic folk music, the circuit that I spent most of my time touring was with bands in the Christian hardcore scene. With that, my love for the genre has never died. The idea behind this project is to merge my two passions, Christ’s word and good breakdowns.

After stepping down from full time touring in the summer of 2012, my last full length release was inspired by the NKJV Biblical book of Revelation. The title of the release is called, Mother of Harlots. You can download and listen to it for free on my Bandcamp page.

Originally from Florida, I spent most of my touring days up and down the East Coast. Now, I’m a family man that lives in East Texas.  If you really want to get to know me, here are two things you can do. Go check out my testimony. After you’ve done that… feel free to contact me. I’d love to hear form you.

My oath is with Christ. And although I am not physically a martyr, having died for the name of my Lord, I am a daily martyr by choosing to live for Jesus Christ rather than the world.

Die daily. Stand on Christ. A martyr’s oath.

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Like most people that start out doing music, I was the drummer for a few bands in high school. The extent of that experience was playing a few local shows. Although I hadn’t been aware of it at the time, I did manage to open up for a few larger touring bands back then.

Later on in my early twenties I played the drums for several different types of bands. Let’s see… there was the Rockabilly band, the NU Metal band, and an Indie Rock band. At some stage between the last two bands I started recording solo stuff on the side as a singer-songwriter. None of my stuff was all that great, but I did it just the same, eager to write and be in the studio as often as possible.

The Indie Rock band that I was in was a band that actually started to get some local notoriety. This band even managed to do some minor touring. We would occasionally book three or four day stints over the weekend, playing shows on the Florida, George, Alabama State lines. The tipping point that led me to go full blown solo singer-songwriter however, was when the Indie Rock band booked an entire two weeks of tour dates. At the last minute the band managed to drop out of most of the scheduled shows.

Disappointed, I stepped down as their drummer and started off on my solo career.

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Despite the lack of skill and quality, it wasn’t long before I found myself several full length releases into it. I was touring full time before I knew it. I went under the artist name, The Cries Of. You can search for it if you want to, but I kept the best releases here on this site for you to check out. During that 6 year period I played just about every State in the US and even managed to meet my lovely wife, whom I have been happily married to for close to a decade now. By the end of my solo singer-songwriter career I was releasing songs that I was proud of while filling more than half of the year with tour dates. There are still some old videos on Youtube from my tour days if you wanted to check that out as well.

It’s been too long. These bones are itching to write something new… even if it is just for fun.

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