"The Afters" is a Christian rock band founded by Joshua Havens and Matt Fuqua, who are both vocalists and guitarists in the band. 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 on bass guitar/vocals and Marc Dodd on drums, both of whom were also employed at the same Starbucks, under their original name of Blisse. The roster remains the same with exception of Wigg, who is now sharing lead guitar with Fuqua after the addition of a touring bassist.
Under the name Blisse, they 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.
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 f...