During the GMA Music Awards, Jars of Clay performed with friends Ashley Cleveland and The Williams Brothers. The multi-platinum, Dove and Grammy award winners, performed Amazing Grace from their 2003 release "Who We Are Instead".
They were introduced by U2 frontman Bono, who spoke through live video from Dublin, Ireland. Bono, an activist for AIDS awareness in Africa and the founder of DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa), complemented the group for their efforts to aid the battle against HIV/AIDS in Africa. “As a fan, I don’t think anyone has had a bigger voice than the activists in Jars of Clay. I’ve had their version of the song, ‘Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet’ in my car for a year now, and you know what, it never has failed me yet. God Bless You.”
Jars’ keyboardist Charlie Lowell, commented, “We had an amazing time performing at GMA’s Music Awards this year. Combining the Williams Brothers with Ashley Cleveland just put it over the top! The video introduction by Bono was just unbelievable. To be recognized and mentioned by him was a huge shot in the arm for Blood:Water and edifying to the band to stay on the front lines in this amazing cause.”
The Blood: Water Mission is Jars of Clay's way to bring greater awareness of the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa and the world. Ever since 1994, the band has been active in supporting humanitarian organizations all over the world. The mission has done many events, including tours where the band would travel to college campuses and speak about the HIV/AIDS crisis, and encourage students to actively impact the third world countries. For more information of The Blood: Water Mission, visit www.bloodwatermission.org.