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Jars Of Clay

Jars of Clay were the breakout band of the so-called alternative CCM movement of the '90s, scoring an enormous mainstream hit with the debut single "Flood" and enjoying platinum sales. The group's lyrics may have been exclusively Christian, but their acoustic-oriented music fit perfectly into the folky jangle pop wing of alternative rock radio, at the time a rarity on the contemporary Christian music scene. Such success set the stage for breakthroughs by Christian bands like dc Talk and Sixpence None the Richer, and it's difficult to imagine the later popularity of heavier, Christian-themed hard rockers like Creed and P.O.D. without Jars of Clay's fusion of spiritual themes and mainstream alternative rock sounds. As popular tastes shifted, Jars of Clay found it increasingly difficult to maintain a secular audience, but still commanded a sizable Christian following while remaining one of the highest-profile groups in any gospel-music subgenre.

Jars of Clay were formed at Illinois' Greenville College in 1993 by singer/songwriter Dan Haseltine and keyboardist Charlie Lowell; they soon added guitarist Stephen Mason, who shared Haseltine's fondness for Toad the Wet Sprocket (a good secular reference point for the typical Jars of Clay sound). All three were music majors in the college's new CCM department, and they initially banded together to write a song for a class recording project. Eventually, they chose a name for the band from a verse in the second book of Corinthians, which emphasized the frailty of the physical vessels in which God had placed the human spirit. Second guitarist Matt Bronleewe joined up later, and drummer Scott Savage became part of the band's live lineup, though they continued to use electronic drum loops on some of their recordings. Encouraged by the response to their small repertoire of originals, the band entered a talent competition run by the Gospel Music Association in 1994. After being chosen as finalists on the strength of their demo tape, Jars of Clay traveled to Nashville to perform for industry executives and wound up winning the contest. They returned to Greenville and began selling a self-released demo CD called Frail, leading to interest from record labels (several of whom began calling the musicians' dorm in the hopes of signing them). With such intense interest, the band decided to leave school and relocate to Nashville permanently; at this point, Bronleewe departed the lineup, wanting to finish school and settle down with his fiancée, and was replaced by Lowell's childhood friend Matt Odmark.

After considering several offers, Jars of Clay signed with the smaller Essential label, which nonetheless had ample distribution power through its parent company, Brentwood, as well as its arrangement with the secular label Silvertone. As the group was recording its self-titled debut album, Frail caught the ear of prog rock guitarist (and recent Christian convert) Adrian Belew, who offered to produce a couple of tracks for the record. One of those songs was "Flood," which became a runaway hit on Christian radio upon the album's release in the spring of 1995. When "Flood" began to catch on with secular stations as well (particularly in the Northwest), Silvertone threw its full promotional muscle behind the album, and by early 1996, the song was a major crossover hit on mainstream rock radio, modern rock radio, and the pop charts. (Its peak of number 37 on the latter makes it one of many '90s-era hits whose release formats affected its chart eligibility, thus obscuring how massively popular it really was.) "Flood" helped push sales of Jars of Clay past the double-platinum mark, a stunning showing for a Christian group.

Some secular listeners and radio programmers hadn't realized that Jars of Clay were a Christian band, and there was something of a backlash when that fact became more widely publicized. What was more, the group was criticized in some Christian quarters for touring with secular alternative rock bands during 1996. Jars of Clay spent most of the year on the road before taking a break to work on material for a second album, having already released the Christmas EP Little Drummer Boy at the end of 1995. After enlisting the help of British producer Steve Lipson, Jars of Clay released the sophomore effort Much Afraid in 1997. The record debuted in the Top Ten on the pop charts and not only went platinum, but won a Grammy Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album. Despite some success with the singles "Five Candles" and "Crazy Times," however, Much Afraid didn't gain the same level of mainstream exposure as its predecessor. Nonetheless, the band's Christian audience remained loyal, sending the 1999 effort If I Left the Zoo (produced by Dennis Herring, who'd also worked with Counting Crows) to gold status. By this time, Savage had left the band's concert lineup in order to back Jaci Velasquez, and was replaced by Joe Porter. Jars of Clay self-produced their fourth studio album, The Eleventh Hour, which was released in early 2002 and followed by a live DVD.

The next year, the band issued the impressive double-disc set Furthermore: From the Studio/From the Stage, which highlighted fresh acoustic-driven classics as well as cuts from some of Jars of Clay's live shows. In November 2003, the group released its fifth album proper, Who We Are Instead. Redemption Songs followed in early 2005, comprised of the band's take on significant church hymns and popular spirituals, and Jars of Clay returned in fall 2006 with Good Monsters. Three albums arrived the following year -- the compilation Essential Jars of Clay, Live Monsters, and the holiday-themed Christmas Songs -- while 2009 saw the band release another studio album, Long Fall Back to Earth, whose sound paid homage to such '80s icons as Tears for Fears and the Cure. The band continued that trend, following up with The Shelter in 2010, which they promoted by touring the US in 2011 as part of the massive Rock And Worship Roadshow. After some downtime, they hit the studio again in 2012, travelling to Portland, OR to work with Tucker Martine. The renowned producer brought a slightly grungier, bass-heavy sound to their next album, Inland, which was slated for release in August 2013. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Selected Discography


Track List: After The Fight (Single)


Track List: Fall Asleep (Single)


Track List: Out Of My Hands (Radio Single)


I saw them in concert and got their autograph
Not bad
Show You Love. I LOVE THIS SONG. This is my Music Art board on Pinterest. It's LOVE IN EVERY LANGUAGE. THAT'S what my boards on Pinterest is all about. That's me. LOVE IN EVERY LANGUAGE BABY.
Gay is no worse than whatever sin theyre doing and no one should judge
godsboy. God loves you. Be your own loving self and the ones who matter will love you back. Maybe even an enemy might learn to be a friend instead. Keep your chin up. God knows you are worthy of love friendship and definately Jesus' love and salvation. Shame on them but pray for them anyway right
i'll pray for you.
hi I go to Christian school but people make fun of me becus iam a girl and I like girls
before I left Hanford/Le m o o r e , Cali. I love you Father Dan Avila wherever you are. PEACE. :-)
Famous Last Words. This is one of the albums that I gave to my Priest Father Dan Avila before I left Hanford, CA. I really loved that guy. He is probably one of the best Priests you will ever meet. I was baptized in the Catholic church St. Brigid's and I was a single mom then raising my kids in the church as promised and he helped me every step of the way. If ever I needed a friend that I could cry on their shoulder, he was there. So, I gave him all of my Jars of Clay albums before I left Hanfor
Follow me for a follow back and follow me on twitter too @koponk85 and if you want to talk to me look me up my name is KoPonk and thanks if you do
Hey!!! My Band has just posted a preview to our song "Save Me" that will be on our upcoming EP that will be out in a few weeks! Itd be awesome if you had a listen!! The Album has been produces and mixed by The producer of NewsBoys newest album, members of Jars of Clay and Chris August's Band, and features Blake Sheltons Fiddle Player Janae! totally name bombing.. but anywas! Heres the link for the preview!

http://youtu . b e / E z 8 S i j U x O 4 Y

For updates on the band or wanna talk!
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You guys and girls are awesome. So please keep singing more songs please.
No One Loves Me Like You. I love this song. I love this album. I miss this album. I have to buy this one too again.
oh. I didn't know they were still going!
I Need you. I love Jars of Clay. This is my favorite Jars song. I love the live video that goes with this song on You Tube.
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Such a good back story touching and amazing
I luv their song Good Monsters! + others too. God rocks!
The typically surprisingly good Pandora - supplied Jars of Clay biography really misses it regarding the bands name. II Corinthians, at length, before it touches briefly on the old test. Story of Gideon and breaking the jars of clay explains JUST WHAT is in those Jars of Clay -God, through Christ, his word. And the Holy Spirit. And these only shine forth with power to others when the container is gotten out of the WAY. Read Judges 7:20. Our flesh and desire for credit hinders God.
Glory to God! interesting sounds :D
hopefully the one who stole them will use them and heed the messages
This freaked me out This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain you will see a little dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
notimportenu f
the original Love Song For A Savior. Never should have done a remix.
I love the old version of Love Song For A Savior 08
I heard Flood on Secular radio for the first time, bought the CD not knowing they were a Christian Band, been one of my favorites since.
He is always in our prayers and daily thought!
You guys are amazing! It's been tuff lately, but now we know why!
I like dead man/carry me the best
Can you also include spanish thank you. christian music
Dead Man!!!!!! Love it!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Jars of Clay will always be one of my favorite bands.
I love the song Puppet on a String - Jars of Clay love this band
The only complaint I have about this song is that it wasn't included on their Greatest Hits album. Awesome song!!!
Jars of Clay has been such a blessing to the family of God! Many blessings to you for serving the Lord in your lives with glorious songs to Him!!!
britni.eisen m a n n
The Jars were with me when my christianity was just in my infancy, through my teens when I had a crush on Charlie, and on into the far future! I belt them out just as loudly now as I did when I was 16. Thanks for 10+ years of soothing my soul and quickening my mind. Dan's voice and the music bring back floods of warm memories of my early christianity , and more recent memories of God speaking through the words and straight to my heart. Appreciate this group and their dedication their mission!
thomaspaulho u s t o n
awesome iv listened to them sents i was 2 and have loved them all the while
like a child. This is me. I have this kind of faith. I will never lose it. It's always been a part of me. I am this.
Show you love. YEAH JARS OF CLAY. This song is about me. this is how I love. I can show you, BUT where are you? Call me.
cool, but their song flood is really weird.
Amazing band top to bottom. They are probably the most lyrically and musically skilled musicians in the Christian genre, and are near the top period. These guys are truly incrdible, and have had an amazing impact on my life. I'm proud to own every single album, and have seen them live more than a dozen times.
Who We Are Instead: one of the greatest, & most underrated, albums...eve r . I say that tho my favorite group has long been radiohead and love broad eclectic mix (e.g.,trip hop, classical, new grass, alternative, etc). Most profound lyrics (perhaps requiring listener w/theologica l depth to appreciate) w/outstandin g correspondin g accompanimen t with diverse intense emotion in deceptively accessible pop melodies belying a very unique style. Most strongly recommend the album.
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nooooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Pretty sweet sound very peaceful. Good music like the songs He, and Love Song For a savoir. Great songs of encouragemen t .
Kinda reminds me of Modest Mouse in the funky beat and the singer's voice..anyon e else think so?
Yea Buddy!!!!! Known um for as long as I can remember!!!! ! Try the band Abandon.
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