Jars of Clay
may be available for your next special event!
of Clay began at Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois, when
four young lads met and discovered friendship through music. They were
majors in "Contemporary Christian Music," a somewhat recent
department in the college. Charlie Lowell, Dan Haseltine and Matt
Bronleewe had been there for the year of 1992 and played in various
bands as well as producing their own studio projects. These bands
included Chrysalis, Jazon, Yellow #7, Second Level, and many other
school bands involving students from the CCM department as well as others.
When Stephen Mason appeared on the scene in September
of 1993, and had similar interests in music, the guys decided to write a
song together, "just for fun." Dan had met Stephen because he
had a Toad the Wet Sprocket shirt on, a band which they both admired for their unique sound.
The band wrote and recorded a song called "Fade to Grey," which
included many drum loops and samples, a very techno-oriented song. It
was simply a studio project for credit in a recording class. Their
friends enjoyed the song and they performed it in late October for a
college cafe called the "Underground Cafe," which they had put
together to raise money for homeless shelters and jail ministries. The
"Underground" was the dormitory that the vast majority of music majors inhabited.
The band continued classes and when they found more
time, decided to play "Little Drummer Boy" for the Underground
Cafe on December 7th, as it was nearing Christmas time. A strange and
distorted version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was also
played impromptu this evening, to the tune of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
Following Christmas vacation, the four of them decided they'd like to
write additional songs to add to their live repertoire and satisfy the
requirements of their recording studio class, but thought it would be
appropriate to give a name to these collaborations. Charlie recalled a
Bible verse he had read which discussed the frailty of man, and the
irony that this amazing life has been breathed into our frail, physical
bodies by our Lord. This passage, which related the struggles of man and
the testing of our wills and bodies, which ultimately provides us the
strength to endure the hardships of life, included the phrase "Jars
The phrase was penned by the Apostle Paul, and was
from 2 Corinthians, chapter four verse seven: "But we have this
treasure in jars of clay, to show that this all-surpassing power is from
God and not from us." The band thought that was a good way to keep
themselves humble – to have a band name that would force them to
continually realize that all of their blessings had come from God,
including this talent to write songs that their classmates enjoyed. So
in January of 1994, Jars of Clay was born.
Signed to Silvertone/Essential Records in 1994, Jars
of Clay has been busy ever since.
Jars of Clay is one of the most acclaimed Christian acts
to crack the secular market since
and Michael W. Smith first charted
crossover success. They've even toured with
Sting. They are well known for their songs
that have been featured in such major studio films as "Hard Rain," "The
Chamber," "Jack Frost" and "The Prince of Egypt" and in TV shows ranging from "Felicity" to "Providence,"
and many others.
Invoking images of Christ's "blood-stained
brow" and "arms nailed down," Jars of Clay
professes faith as well as yearning. Their cutting-edge, acoustic rock hit
"Flood" implores God to "Lift me up, when I'm falling. Lift me up, keep me from
drowning again ... "
Are these and other CCM artists converting
nonbelievers to Christianity or merely preaching to the choir? Both. Of
78.5 million Americans who describe themselves as "active
Christians," only 15 percent have ever visited a Christian
bookstore - where 70 percent of all CCM is sold. Charismatics and
worshipers at nondenominational churches are the most active consumers of this music.
"Christian music is not built around
denominationalism," says John Styll, publisher of Contemporary
Christian Music magazine in Nashville. "In fact, you rarely
know the church affiliation of a given artist. The point is to glorify
God, not a specific theology. Contemporary Christian Music tries to make
faith somehow make sense in light of popular culture, to extend the
worship experience beyond Sunday morning."
Jars of Clay offer a tonic for crazy times with
their own perfect mixture of pop-infused melodic rock.
Hit songs include --
- The Valley Song (Sing of Your Mercy)
- Dead Man (Carry Me)
- There Is A River
- Sunny Days
- God Will Lift Up Your Head
- Love Came Down at Christmas
- Wonderful Christmastime
- Show You Love
- Crazy Times
- Little Drummer Boy
- Unforgetful You
- Out Of My Hands
- It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
Other notable songs include --
- Crazy Times
- Love Song for a Savior
- Boy on a String
- Blind/Four Seven
- Worlds Apart
- Like a Child
Jars of Clay may be available for your next special event!
.Alternative CCM. / AlternativeCCM
.Adult Alternative Pop/Rock. / AdultAlternativePopRock
.CCM. / xCCM
.Christian Rock. / ChristianRock
.Acoustic. / xAcoustic
x90s, x00s, x10s
Oct 21, 1973
Jan 12, 1973
Jul 18, 1975
Jan 25, 1974
Formed: ..in Illinois / formed nIllinois
Formed: ..in Greenville / formed GreenvilleIL
Formed: in 1994
Based: ..in US
Based: ..in Tennessee / based nTennessee
Based: ..in Nashville /