Jars Of Clay will be performing in a concert to benefit African Leadership on Sunday, November 18 at Christ Pres. Church located at 2323 Old Hickory Blvd. in Nashville.
Advance tickets are $14.50 for General Admission and groups of 10 or more are $12.50. Tickets at the door will be $16.50. Concert starts at 7:00 PM. Tickets will be
available (sometime between Thursday and Monday) at all 3 area LifeWay Christian Bookstores (Downtown, Cool Springs &
Murphresboro) and by calling 1-800-965-9324 or online 24 hours a day atitickets (a small service charge applies).
According to local organizers, most of the proceeds from
the Jars benefit concert will go to directly support William Mwizerwa. He works as a chaplain to the Sudanese refugees in Middle Tennessee. About 100 refugees will be resettled in the Middle Tennessee area in 2001.
Jars of Clay is widely known for its hugely successful radio single, “Flood,” from its
multi-platinum1995 self-titled release. 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 their latest release, the RIAA certified
Gold and GRAMMY Award winning, If I Left the Zoo, the band surpassed sales of 4.5 million
In addition, group member Matt Odmark was recently honored as the Best Male Acoustic
Guitarist at the 2001 Orville H. Gibson Awards ceremony, an event considered by many to be the
“Oscars” of the guitar industry. The other nominees in the Best Acoustic Guitarist, Male, category
were Beck, Bon Jovi, and Bob Dylan.
And speaking of awards, during an October 16 ceremony held on the Biola University campus near Los Angeles, Dan
Haseltine, lead singer of the multi-platinum and GRAMMY-winning pop/rock band Jars of Clay, received the inaugural Robert A.
Briner Impact Award. The award, presented by John Mark Reynolds of Biola’s Torrey Honors Institute, was created to honor artists
whose work has made a mark in mainstream culture through entertainment.
Robert A. Briner, president of ProServ Television and fondly referred to by friends as Bob or RAB, was an Emmy-award winner and
global pioneer in sports media who worked with sports giants like Arthur Ashe, Dave Dravecky, Michael Jordan and others. His
greatest lasting legacy, however, was authoring “Roaring Lambs” late in his life, a book that encouraged artists to pursue excellence
and to “give people the chance to choose good things instead of bad things.”
Haseltine, the first recipient of the award, is the lead vocalist and lyricist for Jar. The inaugural award was given to Haseltine in consultation with Mrs. Briner; Scripps Howard News Service columnist Terry
Mattingly; Mark Joseph, President, MJM Entertainment Group; and Barry Landis, VP, Atlantic Records. “Jars of Clay is a band that
has impacted the music culture with its folk-rock style and aggressive poetry,” said Landis, a long-time friend of Briner’s.
“Dan Haseltine is a man who seeks after goodness, truth and beauty,” said Dr. John Mark Reynolds, founder and director of Torrey
Honors Institute. “He is a true poet, a leader and a compassionate helper. Of this I am convinced and we are pleased to have been
able to honor him.” Haseltine was awarded a plaque by Reynolds and spoke to the audience of over 400 people for 30 minutes on
the challenges that he and Jars of Clay have faced.
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