Jars Of Clay Presents Their 11th Studio Album, Inland
"When you join a band at 20 years old, you don't think about what it might mean to remain together for another 20 years," says Matt Odmark, Jars of Clay's rhythm guitarist, banjo player and harmony vocalist. In 2012, the Jars celebrated their 18th year together. They'd written over 100 songs, made 10 studio records, toured internationally and created the Blood:Water Mission, an organization dedicated to providing clean blood and water for African nations suffering from the HIV/AIDS crises. Although the band has had its share of successes, including three Grammys for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album (Much Afraid, 1997; If I Left the Zoo, 1999; The Eleventh Hour, 2002), they began to ask themselves what came next. For the answer, they decided to look inward and head inland."