TUCSON, AZ (April 22, 2022) — Josh Havens from The Afters recently visited the staff at Family Life Radio (FLR), playing fan favorite songs and giving insight into the life of the band and their songs.
Havens told the FLR staff about the testimony of his brother, who was a meth addict for 10 years, but found Christ and has been sober for 15 years and his sister, a former atheist, who found God later in life. Both helped to inspire The Afters newest song, “Say Goodbye (Say Hello).” Havens penned it as a reminder that God can change any heart, with lyrics like “if you’re carrying your past like it’s a ball and chain,” and “there’s mercy like an ocean you can sail away.”
“Hearing the meaning behind The Afters latest song, ‘Say Goodbye (Say Hello),’ gave me goosebumps. It’s the ultimate turnaround story about how God can transform any life, no matter the disparity,” said Mike Kankelfritz, director of programming and morning show host for FLR.
Havens also strummed many of the band’s top hits like “Light Up the Sky,” “Broken Hallelujah” and “When You’re with Me.” He talked about The Afters history together, beginning in the year 2000 in a Starbucks coffee shop. He shared the joys of raising his four kids, two of whom are teenagers, and the struggles faced in today’s world of social media.
The FLR team would like to thank Kai Elmer, senior director of national promotions for Fair Trade Services, for orchestrating the visit.