Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Live On Forever - The Afters (Review and Giveaway)

I have always had a love of music.. Even in my teen years, I could be found with my favorite songs blaring, singing along and really "feeling" the song.  Music and lyrics got me through some of my most difficult times in my life and helped me realize that at least someone else knew what I was going through as they wrote songs that reverberated my feelings so well.

Some things have changed.  No longer do I listen to the same type of music that I did back then. Madonna and Van Halen have become a thing of the past for me. However, I am still drawn to music. Especially music that touches my soul with lyrics I can relate to. I tend to listen to music that touches my heart.  More often than not, that music is spiritual and faith based.  And I am always on the look out for new artists to add to my playlist.

I was recently asked to give my opinion of the CD "Live on Forever" by The Afters.
I was completely
unfamiliar with this band prior to popping the CD in my player.  The band is made of up of four members - Matt Fuqua, Josh Havens, Jordan Mohiowski and Dan Ostebo who together produce a fresh Pop sound while still holding true to Christian values with their music that proves to be both inspirational and motivational.  All four members have had hardships and challenges in their lives that tested them and these challenges transfer through their music to send a message of encouragement and love.

Track List:
1. Shadows
2. Battles
3. Sunrise
4. Time of My Life
5. Wake Up My Heart
6. Live on Forever
7. Eyes of a Believer
8. Survivors
9. Legends
10 When You're With Me

My Opinion:

Without any doubt, the first song on this CD is my favorite.  The lyrics to Shadows really drove home with me, comparing the feeling of being a stone statue and having the concrete break away and suddenly feeling yourself brought to life as one rises out from the shadows.  I know this feeling and so the lyrics really reverberated with me.

The same can be true about the title track Live on Forever. Sounding like something straight off a current Top 40 playlist, the rhythm is catchy and the lyrics are amazing.  Alyssa found this song to be her favorite and the message that we're destined for a place so much better than where we are now is made clear.

Finally, the other standout for me was Survivors.  Survivors is the battle hymn for anyone of faith - you can be pushed down, you can be knocked down but you can never be broken.  We as Christians will always get back up and will continue to fight against those forces that set out to destroy us and we will come back fighting even stronger than before until the final days.

The Giveaway:

The other 7 songs on this album are equally encouraging and uplifting, some upbeat and others slower but all with the same message - God is with us even when times are tough.  This is a great album and The Afters have quickly made it to a list of Christian favorites for me and my family. And the best news?? One of my lucky readers of my blog will win a copy of Live On Forever for their own CD library!!!

Giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada who have not won any other giveaway from Propeller/Flyby Promotions in the last 30 Days.  

Legal Stuff:  
'Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”


  1. I am a fan of so many Christian artists! David Crowder (and basically any project he's involved with) is a long-time favorite.

  2. I think it's a three way tie between Keith Green, Larry Norman, and Michael W. Smith :)

  3. What beautiful Christian music!

  4. I like Keith Green.

  5. My favorite artist is Chris Tomlin. He has such great music.

  6. I like Michelle McMollen


  7. I love Mercy Me and also TobyMac.The Afters are great too! Thank you for the chance :)

  8. I love Mercy Me and also TobyMac.The Afters are great too! Thank you for the chance :)



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