We had a blast in Europe. Here’s a couple photos from our time there.
We had a blast in Europe. Here’s a couple photos from our time there.
Nashville, Tenn. May, 23 2011… On the heels of their No. 1 hit “Light Up the Sky,” The Afters’ latest radio single “Lift Me Up” has also lit up the airwaves with over 60 stations supporting the song such as KLTY Dallas, JoyFM St. Louis, AIR-1 and Way-FM among others.
In support of the song, The Afters recently released a music video that was filmed in Canada. “The Afters’ ‘Lift Me Up’ is inspiring on it’s own,” comments producer Gavin Michael Booth of Mimetic Entertainment, Inc. “It’s a tough gig to find visual stories and issues that will enhance a song this powerful. Myself, with the band, aimed to bring stories that had an ability to relate and connect on a widespread basis amongst viewers.” To view or embed the video, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBy2D8p5Kpw.
“For the storyline, we pulled common themes that we hear in stories from our fans,” explains The Afters’ front man Josh Havens. “Stories from people who’s lives have been hit hard by the economy, stories from people dealing self image problems, cutting and stories from people that have lost loved ones and are dealing with loneliness. We wanted this video to reflect the realities of life. We all have stories and most of us have experienced pain and hardship at some point. While our stories might not be the same, the thing we all share in common is that when we face the things in life that are too much for us to handle on our own that God is with us, God is for us and God will never fail us. I hope that this video is an encouragement to people and a reminder of God’s faithfulness.” To hear more about “Lift Me Up” from Havens, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/INORecords?blend=3&ob=5#p/search/1/Uere3wFwRwI
The Afters have been tackling an aggressive touring schedule as part of the Rock & Worship Road Show and Way FM’s “Compassion Tour” with Sanctus Real. They will be appearing at all major summer festivals and opening for Casting Crowns this fall. For the most up to date tour schedule, visit http://theafters.com/tour/.
We had a great time on The Rock & Worship Roadshow. Thanks to everyone who spent their time with us. Here’s a little video we made the other day in Fresno.
“Light Up The Sky” Aggressively Climbing Billboard Christian Radio Charts
The Afters To Embark on “Hungry For Love Tour” This Fall with Leeland and Sanctus Real
Nashville, Tenn. Sept. 9, 2010… With early support from radio and placement on MTV’s “The Hills,” The Afters’ third studio titled Light Up the Sky will release on Sept. 14 with INO Records.
Produced by Dan Muckala (MercyMe, Brandon Heath, Amy Grant), The Afters’ 10 track CD has a comprehensive theme of rebirth and a fresh start streaming throughout the lyrics of the record. The topic of new beginnings was something very natural for The Afters whom after going through a season of loss with the passing of their former manager, and even the loss of drummer Jordan Mohilowski’s best friend, started a new chapter with the added additions of a new bassist and drummer to their line-up.
“I think the direction of this album reflects where we are in life,” explains The Afters’ guitarist Matt Fuqua. “I celebrated my 10th wedding anniversary this year and so did Josh. As we get older I think we are seeing that what is truly important to us is God, family and our relationships. I think that is reflected in this album because that is where we are spiritually speaking.”
Sonically, the band’s pop sound continues to evolve and grow with Light Up the Sky. “We spent a lot of time working on building the soundscapes for this record. We experimented with mic placements…even placing mics throughout long hallways outside the studio rooms and in our producer’s garage to capture ambient sounds,” addresses lead singer Josh Havens. “There are a lot of textures and subtleties that the listener might not notice until they’ve listened a few times. I think both musically and lyrically it is instantly accessible and yet has deeper layers for those wanting to find them. It’s artful pop.” Light Up the Sky finds Havens and Fuqua writing alongside Muckala as well as Jason Ingram, Brandon Heath and Nate Campany (Brandon Heath, The Click Five).
The first single from the album “Light Up the Sky,” which is already No. 2 at Billboard Christian CHR and top 10 at AC, is a reminder of the steadiness of God’s faithfulness. The Afters have trekked across the US this summer in support of the single, making stops at KCMS (Seattle), Joy FM (St. Louis), K-LOVE/Air 1 and more (photos below). The song was also used in the final season of MTV’s hit show “The Hills” earlier this summer. Other songs of interest on the record include the sonically aggressive “ We Won’t Give Up,” the praise-filled “Lift Me Up,” encouraging “Runaway” and “Start Over,” which continues with the overriding theme of rebirth.
The Afters are teaming up with Leeland and Sanctus Real for the “Hungry For Love Tour” this fall. Sponsored by Food for the Hungry, the “Hungry For Love Tour” will help raise awareness for the goal’s of bringing relief and aid to twenty-six of the most impoverished countries in the world. The tour will be making stops in 23 cities across the U.S. starting Oct. 9 through Nov. 22. For the most up to date concert listings, visit http://hungryforlovetour.com/.
The Afters’ Tour Schedule
* All dates subject to change, for most current tour schedule, visit www.theafters.com
Wed, Sep 1 7:00 PM Grace Bible Church Nacogdoches, TX
Sat, Sep 4 Revelation Generation Frenchtown, NJ
Sun, Sep 5 5:25 PM Holmes Boone Center Boone, NC
Sat, Sep 11 7:40 PM Mission Hills Church Highlands Ranch, CO
Fri, Sep 17 6:00 PM UMEI Christian High School Leamington, ONT
Sat, Sep 18 Awakening Festival Leesburg, VA
Sun, Sep 19 Grove City College Grove City, PA
Thu, Sep 23 7:00 PM Broadbent Arena Louisville, KY
Fri, Sep 24 7:00 PM E.A. Diddle Arena Bowling Green, KY
Sat, Sep 25 2:00 PM Kruse International Auction Park Auburn, IN
Fri, Oct 8 7:00 PM Tour – Union University Jackson, TN
Sat, Oct 9 4:00 PM Tour – Black River Coliseum Poplar Bluff, MO
Sun, Oct 10 6:00 PM Tour – Parkersburg High School Parkersburg, WV
Thu, Oct 14 7:00 PM Tour – Morrison Theater Quincy, IL
Fri, Oct 15 7:00 PM Tour – LifeChangers International Church Hoffman Estates, IL
Sat, Oct 16 7:00 PM Tour – North Arkansas College Harrison, AR
Fri, Oct 22 6:30 PM Tour – Harvest Cathedral Macon, GA
Sat, Oct 23 7:00 PM Tour – Eastern Kentucky Expo Center, KY
Sun, Oct 24 7:00 PM Tour – Paramount Arts Center Ashland, KY
Thu, Oct 28 6:30 PM Tour – Immanuel Baptist Church Pace, FL
Fri, Oct 29 7:00 PM Tour – Christian Heritage Church Tallahassee, FL
Sat, Oct 30 7:00 PM Tour – Marina Civic Center Panama City, FL
Thu, Nov 4 7:00 PM Tour – Vineyard Church Lewiston, ME
Fri, Nov 5 7:00 PM Tour – Roberts Wesleyan College Rochester, NY
Sun, Nov 7 7:00 PM Tour – Cross Creek Community Church Trucksville, PA
Fri, Nov 12 7:00 PM Tour – Willoughby Hills Friend Church Willoughby Hills, OH
Sat, Nov 13 7:00 PM Tour-The Underground Cincinnati, OH
Sun, Nov 14 7:00 PM Tour – Collierville United Methodist Church Collierville, TN
Thu, Nov 18 7:00 PM Tour – Calvary Chapel Paris, TX
Fri, Nov 19 7:00 PM Tour – Compass Christian Church Colleyville, TX
Sat, Nov 20 7:00 PM Tour – Lubbock Civic Center Lubbock, TX
Sun, Nov 21 7:00 PM Tour – Rogers First Baptist Church Rogers, AR