Multi-platinum selling Jars of Clay
accepted its second Grammy Award yesterday during the 43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards.
The band received the award from the Recording Academy for Best
Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for its critically acclaimed and RIAA
certified Gold recording, If I Left the Zoo. After receiving the award,
Jars of Clay completed interviews with numerous media on hand at the award
show, including: The Late Show With David Letterman, Tonight Show with Jay
Leno, Access Hollywood, CNN, TV Guide Channel and more.
“We are honored, among all the talent nominated for the award, to have won
the Grammy,” said Stephen Mason, Jars of Clay. “I hope that we can take away
some of the apathy that has taken control of modern music and help others
make positive choices in life. We continue to be inspired by the messages
“We dedicate this award to Cassie Bernall,” continues Mason, “and all those
standing up for truth.”
Jars of Clay first won a Grammy Award in 1997 for its platinum-selling
recording, Much Afraid. The band also received a Grammy nomination for
Rock/Gospel Album of the Year in 1995 for its RIAA certified double Platinum
and self-titled debut. Staged at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the43rd
Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast this evening on the CBS Television
Network beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST.
Produced by Dennis Herring (Counting Crows), If I Left the Zoo incorporates
a unique blend of organic and playful music, reminiscent of the group’s
self-titled debut. CCM Magazine calls the recording “a musical triumph.”
Billboard says that the album “has a vibrant feel akin to the youthful,
fresh from-college sound that characterized the first album, with
Haseltine’s earnest lead vocals kept appropriately to the fore…The
well-written songs should appeal not only to Christian audiences…but to
the mainstream, too.”
Jars of Clay added another significant award to its long list
of achievements when band member Matt Odmark picked up the 2001 Orville H.
Gibson Award for Best Acoustic Guitarist Male. The awards were handed out
Tuesday in Los Angeles’s Petersen Automotive Museum. Considered the
“Oscars” of the guitar industry, a who’s who of guitar legends attended the
event, which was hosted by comedian Robert Schimmel. The annual awards were
given out to the best guitarists in rock, country, blues and jazz, with
recipients voted on by the music media.
In addition to the Grammy Award and nominations, Jars of Clay has amassed an
impressive 21 career Gospel Music Association Dove nominations and three
Nashville Music Awards, received a 1995 Billboard Music Video Award, and
earned 13 No. 1 songs in just five years. Jars of Clay is best known for
its hugely successful radio single, “Flood,” from its 1995 self-titled and
RIAA certified double-platinum debut. Jars of Clay compositions have been
featured in such major studio film release soundtracks as The Long Kiss
Goodnight, Hard Rain, Jack Frost and The Prince of Egypt. The group’s music
has further appeared in several television series, including “Providence”
(NBC) and “One Life To Live” (ABC). With the release of If I Left the Zoo,
the band recently celebrated sales of over 4 million units.
The most current offering from Jars of Clay is its recently released The
White Elephant Sessions, a special project including 15 tracks of original
studio demos, previously unreleased remixes and other rarities. This
collector’s item is available free with the purchase of If I Left The Zoo at
Christian music retailers nationwide while supplies last.
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