Founded by Joshua Havens (vocals/guitar/keyboard) and Matt Fuqua (guitar/backing vocals), The Afters was formed as the two musicians who worked together as baristas at a Starbucks in Mesquite, Texas began playing for customers at the local coffee shop.
After facing tremendous obstacles in their personal lives The Afters emerge out of their circumstances with a story to tell. The Afters group is back with the release of their fifth album. The Afters brand new CD is titled Live On Forever. Through dealing with a loss of a loved one, receiving a bad diagnosis, family and friends losing their loved ones, The Afters are still standing. It is through their hardships, heartaches and pain that they emerged stronger in their faith, stronger in their relationships and stronger as a band. These tumultuous situations have increased their strength and trust in God and their appreciation for His faithfulness and mercy.
I loved this quote from one of the band members:
“It’s about standing up against fear and knowing God is always with us,” Havens explains. “It’s one of the takeaways we hope people get: ‘Don’t give up to fear.’ That captures the theme of the whole record and stands out as representing what we want it to be.”
I didn’t really know what to expect when I received The Afters CD. I don’t normally listen to pop, rock or some styles of contemporary Christian music. I love my praise and worship music, don’t get me wrong, I just wasn’t used to listening to this style of worship music. I could totally relate to their message through the music. The messages were to stand strong, faithfulness in the midst of circumstances, God is with you and He is your refuge and strength in the times of trials and troubles and so much more.
My favorite tracks from the CD are:
- Live on Forever
- Time of My Life
This was a perfect CD to listen to while I was transporting my kids to their many activities, and they enjoyed listening to the music too. They lyrics were easy to follow and sing along, once we learned the lyrics! The music was a mixture of pop and uptempo beats with a hint of rock. If you enjoy this style of music, this CD is perfect for you. We have enjoyed the CD, listening to the music, singing and dancing along.
The Afters are scheduled for a 40+ City Tour with the Newsboys starting September 22nd. Check the links below for Tour Dates and cities near you.
Where to Buy-links:
Google Play: http://www.smarturl.it/LOFAlbum-GPlay
Get Connected with The Afters:
Official website: www.theafters.com
Battles (Official Lyric Video)
Battles (Heart Of The Song)
Live On Forever (Heart Of The Song)
Live On Forever (Official Music Video)
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of The Afters CD for review purposes in order to facilitate my review. Any and all thoughts and opinions expressed were solely my own. I was not compensated for this review.