December 22

Incredible! “When We All Get to Heaven” in Bluegrass

Enjoy the brilliant playing of this good for the soul gospel song!

“When We All Get to Heaven” by Jolliff Band

The band is great together but I sure bet most of us have our eyes on the boy. His mandolin playing is impressive! Well, praise God for his talent. More so, thank God for his parents and mentors who may have helped hone not just his musical skills, but shape his spirituality as well. May we find more youths online specifically using their God-given talents for his glory.


After some digging, we finally traced what has happened to our mandolin player. Now grown up, Jacob Jolliff has his own band and they go on tours for as much as their time allows.

His father, Bill Jolliff, an English professor at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, has greatly influenced him in his musical leaning. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Homeschooling paid off because they were able to educate their children with the quality they wanted. That includes music. Bill Jolliff is an accomplished musician himself and he required his children to practice playing some instruments for ten minutes a day. Jacob did mandolin at age seven. It was not something he loved at first but over time, it grew on him. Soon, he and his dad went around Oregon playing some gigs and became an attraction during festivals.


A favorite of the young and old alike, When We All Get to Heaven was first published in 1898. It was a collaboration between Eliza E. Hewitt, a school teacher in Philadelphia, and Emily Wilson who was the wife of a Methodist District Superintendent.

As the title suggests, the hymn speaks of that joyous reunion when all the saints are gathered in heaven.


bluegrass, gospel, Jolliff Band

  • Thank you for this information! I first heard/saw this video in the mid 2000’s. It is nice to have some info on this group. Was recently updating some of my Maranatha! Praise music and thought about this song. I wish they would have recorded it, would love to purchase this version.

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