Jars of Clay
August 6, 2013 marks the return of live Christian rock concerts to the Western Montana Fair. The Fair is excited to present Matt Maher, followed by the internationally famous Christian Rock band “Jars of Clay”.
Dan Haseltine, Steve Mason, Charlie Lowell and Matt Bronleewe formed Jars of Clay at Greenville College, in Greenville, Illinois in the early 1990s. Jars has been successful in being nominated for and winning several awards, including prestigious Grammy Awards and several of the Christian music awards, known as the GMA Dove Awards. Some of these successes have been collaborative efforts, including two City on a Hill albums and the inspired collaboration for the 2005 film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The group has won five Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) awards. The group also claims 17 No. 1 radio hits, numerous film credits, and has headlined thousands of sold out shows and festivals.
In June 2009, Jars of Clay was named as one of PeaceByPeace.com’s first peace heroes. Haseltine said, “our songs … are not really there to explain our faith,” but are “written about our life that is affected by our faith.” Haseltine explained the decision to “shy away from … traditional religious language” as a conscious one, in part to make their music more accessible to those “put off by religion”, and to “love people in a way that isn’t exclusive to simply people that understand the language of Christianity.” Haseltine also stated that art can “make people feel what’s true rather than telling them”.
Matt Maher is a contemporary Christian music artist, songwriter, and worship leader originally from Newfoundland, Canada, who now lives in Tempe, Arizona. He has written and produced six solo albums. Three of his albums have reached the Top 25 Christian Albums Billboard chart and four of his singles have reached the Top 25 Christian Songs chart.