Multi-Platinum and three time GRAMMY Award winning band Jars of Clay launched its career with its hit, “Flood,” in 1995. Since then, it’s amassed more than five million in career sales (5 Gold, 2 platinum and 1 double platinum certifications), three GRAMMY Awards, an American Music Award nod, 17 No.1 radio hits, and numerous film credits and BMI honors for songwriting and performing.
It’s the dichotomy of living in the physical and human world that Jars of Clay explores in their new project Good Monsters, giving both longtime listeners and new fans a glimpse at the veteran band’s creative dichotomy as well. It’s not about eradicating one side to glorify the other. It’s about figuring out how to reconcile one with the other. It’s about finding the good within the monster. In order to find balance, neither of two sides can exist without the other. Within the first few seconds of the opening track that you’ll realize Good Monsters is unlike any Jars of Clay album you’ve heard before!
While celebrated for its music and writing, Jars of Clay is most concerned with the needs in Africa. Compelled to make a difference, members Dan Haseltine, Stephen Mason, Matt Odmark and Charlie Lowell founded the Blood:Water Mission in early 2002. The first effort of this non-profit was the “1000 Wells Project” with a goal of raising funds to build, rebuild and repair 1000 wells in urban and rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. To date, over 300 projects have been constructed bringing clean water to more than 100,000 people.