From Moses to Job to Jesus, the most intrepid heroes in scripture knew times of trouble that multiplied like a plague–but always led, in the end, to mighty celebration.
It’s easy to assume such stories of trial and triumph are just for the Bible or the history books. But miracles still happen, even when adversity hits hardest. Just ask Josh Havens, guitarist and lead vocalist of The Afters. He relates how the band’s latest effort, Live on Forever, began during a season of tragedy. Just as the band regrouped to record, Havens witnessed the wife of a close friend contract cancer. Drummer Jordan Mohilowski (who produced the new album) had a brief health scare, and a close companion in his church–part of the worship team–was hit and killed by an impaired driver. She was a young woman, Havens says, who had unlimited potential. But Live on Forever still took shape as a celebration of faithfulness, protection and promise–one that shimmers with strong rhythms, undeniable energy and compelling pop hooks. The album finds Havens in strong, soaring voice as he invites listeners to find shelter and strength in God.
“If any theme has emerged, it would be ‘inspiration and motivation’,” Havens says. “Look at the titles we’ve selected: They reflect themes of ‘rise up, get up, God has your back, you’re not in this alone.’ We thought, ‘Let’s encourage people and let this be a weapon for people’s faith: something they can hold onto’.”
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