Jars of Clay launched its career with its hit, Flood, in 1995. Since then, its 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, a performace at Live 8, and numerous film credits and BMI honors for songwriting and performing.
The newest contribution from Jars of Clay, Redemption Songs, is a collection of soulful recordings crafted from ancient 18th century hymn texts and spiritual songs. Redemption Songs debuted at No. 1 on Nielsen SoundScan and has already produced the No. 1 radio hit God Will Lift Up Your Head, while standing at ..14 on Apple iTunes Top 100 Albums chart. To date, the album has sold over 220,000 copies. The band has been hard at work on their upcoming release entitled, Good Monsters which will be out in September.
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 50 wells have been constructed bringing clean water to more than 34,000 people.