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The Afters Biography


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Birth Place: Dallas, Texas, USA
Genres: Christian Rock, CCM, Alternative Rock, Pop Music, Rock Music


The Afters is an American Christian pop rock band founded by Joshua Havens and Matt Fuqua in Dallas, Texas. Havens and Fuqua first worked together in a Starbucks coffee shop in Mesquite, Texas, where they played for customers, before deciding to form a band. They added Brad Wigg and Marc Dodd, who were also employed at the same Starbucks, under their original name of Blisse.

Under the name Blisse, the band recorded a six-song EP in 2000. From this they made enough money to cut their first album, “When the World Is Wonderful,” which was released independently in 2001. The band changed its name after discovering that another Blisse already existed. Settling on The Afters, they continued to play local clubs in the Dallas area.

They were eventually discovered by INO Records and signed to a four-record deal. After this, word of the band got to Epic Records, who signed the band to a deal for mainstream promotion and distribution. Their first major label album, “I Wish We All Could Win,” was released in February 2005. The first single from the album was “"Beautiful Love,” written by Havens about a time when his wife was abroad doing humanitarian aid.

Their second album, “Never Going Back to OK,” was released in February 2008. The first single from the album, the title track “Never Going Back to OK” premiered in October 2007. Their next album, “Light Up the Sky,” was released in September 2010. The album's first single and title track reached #1 on Billboard's Christian Radio chart. “Light Up the Sky” was produced by Dan Muckala.

“Life is Beautiful,” their fifth LP was issued in April 2013. It reached #7 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart.