GRAMMY-winning rock band Third Day announces a very special tour this holiday season. Based on its Dove Award-winning project of the same name, The Christmas Offerings Tour will kick off November 29th in Rome, Ga. and continue for a total of twelve dates. Third Day is pleased to announce its very special guest Jars of Clay to the tour. Having just launched its own label, Gray Matters, Jars of Clay will present selections from its very first full-length Christmas project, Jars of Clay Christmas Songs releasing October 16.
In the spirit of the season, Third Day will be giving a portion of the proceeds to Jars of Clay’s Blood:Water Mission and will encourage fans to join them in giving. “I think our fans, and fans of Jars of Clay, are very giving people, and have expressed interest in joining us in giving to those who are in need during the holidays. We’re also going to be partnering with a number of other highly regarded, charitable organizations, in addition to the Blood:Water Mission, that concert goers can consider giving to,” shares Third Day’s Tai Anderson.
Having successfully unveiled Volume Two of its two-part Chronology series, Third Day is starting to write the third act of its career, beginning with this tour that is certain to usher fans into the holiday season with a beautiful evening of worship. The band is also continuing to play all the major festivals and fairs this summer and into the fall, and plans are underway to begin work on its next studio project, scheduled for release in 2008.
Over the past decade, Third Day has racked up 24 No.1 radio singles and sold more than six million albums, with RIAA certifications including one Platinum record, one Platinum DVD, and six Gold records. The band has garnered 24 career Dove Awards, two GRAMMY Awards (from seven previous nominations), two consecutive American Music Award nods, multiple ASCAP honors, and has developed an historic partnership with Chevrolet. Third Day has maintained a touring record second-to-none by playing for audiences reaching into the millions. In addition to these many accolades, the band is most proud of its humanitarian efforts that include raising nearly $200,000 for the victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita and encouraging over 15,000 fans to sponsor children across the globe through the work of World Vision.
Jars of Clay launched its career with the universal hit, “Flood,” in 1995. Since then, the band has amassed nearly six million in career sales along with several RIAA certifications (5 Gold, 2 Platinum and 1 Double Platinum) an American Music Award nod, 17 No.1 radio hits, and numerous film credits and BMI honors for songwriting and performing.
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, 200 wells have been constructed bringing clean water to more than 100,000 people.
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