On Novermeber 4, Jars of Clay will add onto their mulit-platinum, multi-Grammy and Dove Award-winning band record their sixth studio album, Who We Are Instead, in which they self-produced 13 fresh songs.
The new album offers an acoustic, soulful sound that contributed to the beginning of Jars of Clay's musical acclamation 10 years ago. "We were excited to just sit in a room and re-embrace the simple acoustic process that got us started," noted Dan Haseltine, Jars‚ lead singer. "What has emerged, we hope, is an album that is organic and soulful and an honest expression of the things we believe."
Jars of Clay will debut the new songs from Who We Are Instead on their "Thinking Man's Pop Tour," expected to launch on Oct. 30 in Grapevine, TX., where they will team up with Caedmon's call and special guest Steven Delopoulos to tour 30 cities.
The 13-song project, recorded at Sputnik Studio, also included special talents from close friend Ashley Cleaveland in "Amazing Grace," with trademark vocals and "Jealous-Kind" as she hit the blues. Drummers Ben Mize (Counting Crows, Ryan Adams) and Ken Coomer (Wilco) jammed throughout some tracks in the album. Mixes were performed by Jacquire King (No Doubt, Third Eye Blind, Smash Mouth).
Among patnering up with child development and relief organiziation Compassion International to fight global hunger and poverty, Jars of Clay will also continue efforts for their non-profit organization The Blood:Water HIV/AIDS in educating the public about the HIV/AIDS crisis in the third world countries. Symposiums will be held on college campuses to educate college students about this matter and are supported by GSAC (global student AIDS campaign), World Vision, African Leadership, DATA (Debt, AIDS and Trade for Africa) and Essential Records.
Who We Are Instead 13 tracks:
1. Sunny Days
2. Amazing Grace
3. Lonely People
4. Only Alive
5. Trouble Is
6. Faith Enough
7. Show You Love
8. Lesser Things
9. I'm In the Way
10. Jesus Blood Never Failed Us
11. Jealous Kind
13. My Heavenly