While in the press room after accepting a Dove Award, Jars of Clay revealed that the band is working on a new project: The Shelter. The new CD will feature guest artists, including Alison Krauss, Jon Foreman of Switchfoot, and Matt Maher.
The new CD merges together the themes of the last two albums by Jars of Clay: the reconciliations of our hearts and the manifestations of relationships. “We were the house band for this CD.”
“We are meant to contribute to each other. We are the hands and feet of God. All those cliches — It takes a Village — is true,” the band said. ” We need each other and to encourage each other.”
Jars of Clay’s passion is Blood Water Mission, a charity that provides wells for clean water in Africa while also helping people with AIDS. Jars is currently working on the 1,000 Wells project. Currently there are 850 communities in Africa that are benefiting from clean water, which translates to more than 500,000 people.
The ministry “gives weight to what the things we talk about,” the band said.