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'The Afters' Live in Concert at BC

Order your tickets online today for The Afters, live in concert on the campus of Bluefield College, Thursday, April 26.

Chris Shoemaker

March 27, 2012

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Rising contemporary Christian rock band The Afters will perform live in concert on the campus of Bluefield College, Thursday, April 26.

 

Known for their hit soundtrack singles on MTV's "8th and Ocean," ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," and NBC's "The Biggest Loser," The Afters will perform at 7 p.m. in BC's Harman Chapel.

 

Admission for the show is just $10. Tickets may be purchased online in advance or, if supplies last, at the door the night of the event. Opening for The Afters' will be Virginia-based Christian rock band Brightwork.

 

The Afters stormed into the national Christian music spotlight in 2006 when they released their INO/Sony Music debut CD, "I Wish We All Could Win." The project spawned the swirling, melodic hit "Beautiful Love," which was selected as the theme track for MTV's "8th and Ocean." "Beautiful Love" was also the most downloaded track of 2006 on iTunes' Inspirational charts and garnered the band an mtvU award, as well.

 

The Afters' sophomore CD release, "Never Going Back to OK," debuted in the Top 50 on the Billboard Top 200 and proved to be a sensation on the silver screen with "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC), "Dr. Phil," "Army Wives" (Lifetime), and "Rachael Ray."

 

The band's third record, "Light Up the Sky," has scored two number one radio hits, as well as placement in "The Biggest Loser" (NBC) and "You Deserve It" (ABC). The group also has been featured in Rolling Stone magazine, Seventeen.com, E! News Live, TV Guide, and Premiere Radio.

 

Borne out of recent hardships endured by some of the band members, the songs from "Light up the Sky" speak about God's faithfulness in the midst of difficulty. Founding members Josh Havens (lead vocals/keys/guitars) and Matt Fuqua (vocals/guitars) wrote "Life Is Sweeter" following the death of their manager. They penned "Lift Me Up," "I Am Yours," and "We Won't Give Up" to reaffirm their faith and the source of their strength, while cuts like "Start Over" and "For the First Time" focus on the theme of rebirth.

 

"I love that in life," said Havens about God's forgiveness and the rebirth concept. "Tomorrow is a blank page. The beauty of grace and redemption is that we never have to be weighed down by what's in the past or let our mistakes and regrets define us. Every day is a new opportunity to live with meaning and be the person we were made to be."

 

Joined by new band members Jordan Mohilowski (drums) and Dan Ostebo (bass), Havens and Fuqua say their music also tells a story about the progression of their faith.

 

"As a songwriter and musician, crafting your gifts should always be a forward progression," said Fuqua. "I see the songs on this new album as the culmination of the last six years of our life. You can hear in the lyrics how we have been maturing as writers and musicians and as parents and husbands. But, even more so, I think you can hear the spiritual progression as we have seen God working in our lives in so many ways."

 

On a spring tour that includes stops in Texas, California, Washington, Michigan and Georgia, in addition to Bluefield College in southwest Virginia, The Afters will headline the April 26 show that opens with Brightwork. Hailing from Charlottesville, Virginia, Brightwork has opened for the likes of The Afters, Sanctus Real, Starfield, and Revive. They will be singing music from their sophomore CD, "Loving Rescue."

 

For more information about The Afters and Brightwork concert at Bluefield College, e-mail , or call 276-326-4212.

 

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