Sunday, April 4, 2010

2nd Chapter Of Acts: Easter Song

“He’s Risen, Hallelujah; He’s Risen, Hallelujah.” Our Spiritual Sunday song today celebrates the highest of holy days in all of Christendom – Easter – or better termed as Resurrection Sunday. On this day Christians celebrate the risen Lord and the glory and hope that His resurrection promises. To honor this day Contemporary Christian artists 2nd Chapter of Acts’ 1974 single “Easter Song,”

Although this rendition is a later live recording from the 1975 album “To the Bride,” the song was popular with Christian radio in the early ‘70s for its message, it had a great hook, and as it was under 2:30 in length. This is one of the favorites played by the staff of WKCC during the 70s.

The family singing group 2nd Chapter of Acts were part of the Contemporary Christian Music explosion that occurred in 1973 and 1974 when dozens of new artists flooded the then burgeoning music scene. Made up of brother Matthew Ward and sisters Nelly Ward (now Greisen) and Anne Ward Herring, they were discovered by Pat Boone who signed them under contract to MGM Records for two singles. It was Barry McGuire who utilized the trio on his debut Contemporary Christian LP, “Seeds.”

Signed to Myrrh Records (a division of Word) In 1974 by Billy Ray Hearn, they released their debut LP, “With Footnotes” that included “Easter Song,” an Annie Herring composition. When Hearn left Myrrh to form his own label, Sparrow Records, the trio were among the many acts that signed to the new company. The trio performed their last on August 12, 1988. Annie and Matthew continue to record as solo acts.

In 1998, CCM named “Easter Song” as the #4 top Contemporary Christian song of all time. The band was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

Happy Easter, “He’s Risen, Hallelujah.”


Here the bells ringing
They're singing that we can be born again
Here the bells ringing
They're singing Christ is risen from the dead

The angel up on the tombstone
Said He has risen, just as He said
Quickly now, go tell his disciples
That Jesus Christ is no longer dead

Joy to the word,
He has risen, hallelujah
He's risen, hallelujah
He's risen, hallelujah

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