Jars of Clay Biography

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Jars of ClayBand Information

Music: Christian rock, Alternative rock, Pop rock, Folk rock, Acoustic

Country: USA

Year: 1993 – present

Website: http://www.jarsofclay.com

Jars of Clay Line-up

Dan Haseltine, lead vocals
Stephen Mason, guitar/ background vocals
Matt Odmark, electric and acoustic guitars/background vocals
Charlie Lowell, piano and keyboards/background vocals

Jars of Clay Biography

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 like Haseltine, was a big fan of 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 at first played together just for fun, writing a song for a class recording project.

The name for the band came 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. The band entered a talent competition run by the Gospel Music Association in 1994. Chosen as finalists on the strength of their demo tape, the band 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, and record companies were soon calling the group’s dorm hoping to sign them.

Jars of Clay Discography

Jars of Clay, 1995
Much Afraid, 1997
If I Left the Zoo, 1999
The Eleventh Hour, 2002
Furthermore: From the Studio, From the Stage, 2003
Who We Are Instead. 2003
Redemption Songs, 2005
Good Monsters, 2006
Christmas Songs, 2007

Jars of Clay Trivia

Jars of Clay takes it’s name from II Corinthians 4:7. "We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us."

"Flood" became the theme song to A&E’s God or the Girl, a documentary which tracks the lives of four young men deciding whether to become Catholic priests.

In 2001, the four members of the band received Honorary Degrees at Greenville College, where Dan, Charlie and Stephen had studied before dropping out in 1994 to move to Nashville.

The band’s influences include the The Beatles, U2, The Police, Seal , Michael W. Smith

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