Ok, you can’t get too much more “classic” in terms of CCM than Easter Song, written by Annie Herring of the Second Chapter of Acts, released on their very first album With Footnotes in 1974. It’s one of the defining songs of the genre by one of the pioneering groups of the genre. For those of us who remember when this song and album came out, it seems impossible that the song is now more than 40 years old!
Vocalist extraordinaire Matthew Ward, along with his sisters Annie and Nellie comprised the Second Chapter of Acts, and although the group stopped performing more than 20 years ago, Matthew has continued to produce some solo albums. In 2011 he recorded a new arrangement of Easter Song. I only discovered it mid-Eastertide last year, and I’m so enjoying having his fresh update of an Easter classic in my playlist this entire Easter season. This song doesn’t get old…!
Here’s what Matthew wrote on his website as the reason for releasing a new version of this classic:
February 15th 2011 marked my 40th anniversary in music. I wanted to do something special for this momentous occasion, so I recorded a new rendition of “Easter Song” one of the most popular tunes my sister (Annie Herring) ever wrote, it’s available now … He has risen!!!!
In my opinion no one has matched Matthew’s voice in the past 40 years of CCM!
Matthew’s updated version of Easter Song is available at iTunes and elsewhere.
Here’s Matthew performing Easter Song in the Colorado Mountains. It’s EXCELLENT. Crank up the volume and sing along loudly in joyous praise of our Risen Lord!