Jars Of Clay rose to sudden prominence in May 1995 when their self-titled album became the first debut by a contemporary Christian act to achieve platinum status. The band was formed in 1993 by two friends from Greenville College in Illinois, USA, Dan Haseltine (12 January 1973, Rochester, New York, USA; vocals) and Charlie Lowell (b. 21 October 1973, Rochester, New York, USA; keyboards). With the addition of Stephen Mason (b. 8 July 1975, Decatur, Illinois, USA; guitar), Matt Bronleewe (guitar) and Scott Savage (touring drummer), they began playing the campus circuit. They won a competition for unsigned bands sponsored by the Gospel Music Association, and, with Matt Odmark (b. 25 January 1974, Rochester, New York, USA) replacing Bronleewe, signed a contract with Brentwood Musics Essential label. Buoyed by the success of the debut albums first single, Flood, Jars Of Clay became fixtures on MTV and played a series of support slots to Sting...
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