CCM Classic Spotlight on 2nd Chapter of Acts

Live at an outdoor concert, “Mansion Builder

 The 2nd Chapter of Acts was a Jesus Music and early Contemporary Christian Music group composed of sisters Annie Herring and Nelly Greisen and brother Matthew Ward. They began performing in 1973 and enjoyed their period of greatest success during the 1970s. The group disbanded in 1988. (From, Wikipedia)


About 2nd Chapter Of Acts


The 2nd Chapter of Acts began as a result of the trio singing at home together as Annie played the piano. Following the death of their parents in 1970, Nelly (14 yrs) and Matthew (12 yrs), still minors, moved in with their older sister, Annie, and her husband, recording engineer Buck Herring. Annie was a self taught singer and songwriter, who wrote and played her songs around the family piano. Her brother and sister would often join in as she played, and eventually, they developed extremely tight and intricate harmonies.

They started singing for local coffee houses and small gatherings, and gained the notice of Pat Boone, who arranged a contract to record and release two singles with MGM, “Jesus Is” (1972) and “I’m So Happy” (1973), which both charted secular in California radio. The fledgling trio also came to the attention of 1960s folk singer Barry McGuire (New Christy Minstrels), who had recently become a Christian and was preparing to record his first Christian music album, produced by Buck Herring. The siblings provided background vocals for Seeds and McGuire’s 1974 follow-up Lighten Up.

The trio released their debut album With Footnotes in 1974. This album featured “Easter Song”, which would become a signature piece for the group and has been recorded by many other artists since. This was followed with In the Volume of the Book in 1975, the year that also saw the release of a double live album with Barry McGuire, To the Bride, which included “a band called David”, who supported 2nd Chapter of Acts on tour.

2nd Chapter of Acts’ first three releases were issued by Myrrh Records, and the group toured with McGuire intermittently for three years.

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One thought on “CCM Classic Spotlight on 2nd Chapter of Acts

  1. As a new Christian (Catholic charismatic), I heard the 2nd Chapter of Acts for the first time in Detroit, Michigan. I loved their music so much that, when I had somewhat drifted away, I couldn’t listen to their music because it would make me cry for the days when faith was strong and fresh. I am tickled to see this message here because of my deep connection to them. Ironically, I ordered several CDs off of the Internet a few years ago, and trying to pass the joy along, I gave the CDs away. After all, I did have them on my hard drive. Well, the hard drive crashed and the only CD I have is the one of old hymns, which is great to sing along with. Now that you’ve brought them to mind again, I think I’ll order new CDs. They are great ministers of the the Word!


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