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The Afters are a rock band founded by Joshua Havens and Matt Fuqua. 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 (and contains songs also released on their hit "I Wish We All Could Win" album). In 2002 they released a live concert DVD filmed at a local Dallas club named The Door.
I Wish We All Could Win (2002-2006):
The band changed its name after discovering that another "Blisse" already existed. Settling on "The Afters", they continued to play local Dallas clubs. They were eventually discovered and signed to a record label (Simple/INO Records) for a four-record deal. After this, word of the band got to Epic Records, which signed on for mainstream promotion and distribution. Their first national album, I Wish We All Could Win, was released on February 22, 2005. The first single from the album was "Beautiful Love" written by Josh Havens about a time when his wife was abroad doing humanitarian aid. The "Beautiful Love" music video led The Afters to a 2005 MTVu "Streaming Woodie" award. In addition, "Beautiful Love" became the theme song for the MTV show, "8th and Ocean" about the life of female and male fashion models living in Miami, Florida. The song was also featured in the 2006 feature film, "Just My Luck". The Afters toured with such artists as MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Hawk Nelson, tobyMac, and Family Force 5.
Second album (2006-present):
The Afters are currently promoted through INO records and Columbia Records. In an update posted on their official website, the band went into the studio in August of 2006 to start recording their second national release. Never Going Back To Ok, The Afters upcoming second album is said to be completed and will be released on December 26, 2007.
* Joshua Havens - vocals and guitars
* Matt Fuqua - vocals and guitars
* Brad Wigg - bass guitars and vocals
* Marc Dodd - drums