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Jars of Clay’s 2007 Fills Up With Honors, Airplay, Sold Out Shows
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The band has been named as one of the recipients for this year’s Recording Academy Honors, announced by the Nashville chapter of National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the organization behind the GRAMMY Awards. The gala event honoring the band, along with country trio Rascal Flatts, gospel stalwarts the Fisk Jubilee Singers and country legend Loretta Lynn, will take place Monday, April 9 at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville.

The Recording Academy Honors events were established to honor outstanding individuals in each Chapter's region whose work embodies excellence and integrity and who have improved the environment for the creative community.

The recognition for the band’s past work comes right alongside its current success at radio, with the most recent singles from the band’s 2006 effort Good Monsters impacting both Radio & Records’ AC (“There Is A River” at No. 24) and CHR (“Work” at No. 7) charts.

Radio programmers continue to see great result from the group’s presence on both their airwaves and their markets. “‘Work’ from Jars of Clay is living up to its name… It’s working great on the radio!” says Dave Senes, network program director at WAYM (WAY-FM Nashville). “All of us at WAY-FM are thrilled that our listeners will have the chance to see them perform live Labor Day weekend.”

The spring leg of the Good Monsters tour has already produced results in a number of North American cities, including Greeley, Colo.; Surrey, British Columbia; Walla Walla, Wash.; Missoula, Mont.; Great Falls, Mont. and Kalamazoo, Mich., with a strong slate of shows already on the books for the balance of 2007.

Good Monsters, completely self-produced by the band, offers eleven original songs, and a remake of the Julie Miller-penned anthem, “All My Tears.” Good Monsters even boasts a couple of stirring guest appearances: Nashville-based, singer/songwriter extraordinaire Kate York guests on “Even Angels Cry,” and formerly of Sixpence None the Richer, Leigh Nash, sings on “Mirrors and Smoke.” Additionally, the African Children’s Choir is featured on the moving, “Light Gives Heat,” a song inspired by its work in Africa through its non-profit, organization, the Blood:Water Mission.

Long considered a critical success, Jars of Clay has also enjoyed major commercial success over its decade-long career, including a double-platinum selling debut project, and more than 5 million records sold in total. With Good Monsters, the band set out to capture its communal experiences and have a bit of fun with the process. The result is an outstanding collection of tunes that are engaging upon first listen, and increasingly captivating with each additional spin: rock hits, without sacrificing the intelligence and depth of Dan Haseltine’s poetic lyrical genius.

For more information on Jars of Clay, visit www.jarsofclay.com.

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