Josh Havens and Matt Fuqua co-founded The Afters while working together at a Starbucks coffee shop in Mesquite, TX. The guys got their start playing for customers. "I'm sure we weren't supposed to be playing music on the clock, but the customers liked it," lead singer, Josh Havens jokes. 

From there, the band played an acoustic show at a church conference, and were surprised by the positive feedback. "We thought it would be fun to play a show and then go back to our [respective] bands," Matt recalls. "Instead we were overwhelmed with incredible feedback from people. We decided to keep playing together and see where it took us."

Shortly after, the group signed a record deal and in 2005 released I Wish We All Could Win, followed by Never Go Back to Ok in 2008, and Light Up The Sky in 2010, which features the hit song, “Lift Me Up.” 

The album Light Up The Sky was written after losing their longtime friend and manager, David Lipscomb, to a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. “The story behind Light Up the Sky is a part of the story of all of us,” Matt explains. “It’s a picture of what it looks like when you make it through a really challenging time, and you look back and see how God was using all of those things for good, and that you were never alone.”

Their fourth album, Life Is Beautiful (2013), includes the songs “Broken Hallelujah,” “Every Good Thing,” and “What We’re Here For.” These songs speak to varying aspects of the human experience- the good, the bad, and the in between. They remind us of how it’s so important to stay strong in our faith when hard times come. "During the time we were writing ‘Broken Hallelujah,’ there were all kinds of crazy things going on,” Matt shares. “When we got together to write a song about these experiences we had all been thinking about the story of Job and what he had gone through” Josh adds, “Job loses more than most of us could ever comprehend losing and in his pain he drops to his knees and worships God ... ‘Broken Hallelujah’ is a song about praising God, even when the only thing we have to offer is our worship.”

With everything they've endured, the band is more excited than ever about their new phase of life, and are truly enjoying the journey. “God brought us through,” adds Matt. “[He] has really restored the excitement and life we had when we were kids making music for fun at the coffee shop.” Live and in the studio, Havens and Fuqua team up with drummer Jordan Mohilowski and bassist Dan Ostebo.

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