If you know anything about the beginnings of contemporary Christian music and pop-Gospel, then you know about The Archers. The legacy and influence of the iconic trio remain strong to this day.
The Archers grew up in church. As preachers kids, they saw first-hand how music moved people. By their mid-teens, Tim and Steve were singing as The Archer Brothers. They even won second place in a national singing competition. Soon they caught the attention of Gospel great Andraé Crouch, pop icon Pat Boone and Light Records founder Ralph Carmichael. In 1977 Janice Archer joined her brothers, adding to The Archers’ signature family-harmony blend.
Evie Tornquist Karlsson
According to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, “Before there was Amy Grant, there was Evie.” Evie Tornquist Karlsson, known by her fans as simply “Evie,” was the first female pop star of contemporary Christian music. She is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and a two time Dove Award winner for Female Vocalist of the Year. With over 30 albums and three Grammy nominations to her credit, Evie’s classic CCM hits include “Clean Before My Lord,” “Pass It On,” “Give Them All,” “Mirror,” “Come On Ring Those Bells,” and “How I Love the Lord.”
Beginning as a worship leader at a small church in Southern California, veteran CCM artist Cheri Keaggy has ministered through music and testimony for over twenty years. Her debut album, Child of the Father, released to rave reviews in 1994, earning her a Dove Award nomination for New Artist of the Year. Nine albums, nine number one songs, three Dove Award nominations and a Dove Award win later, Keaggy continues to be a mainstay on Adult Contemporary and Inspirational radio, while congregations the world over sing her songs, including “There is Joy in the Lord” and “In Remembrance of Me,” during church services. Songs she wrote for her children have emerged as favorites at women’s events through the years (MOPS, Hearts at Home, Proverbs 31 Ministries, Family Life Ministries).
Farrell & Farrell
WHO WE ARE
The Williamson County Performing Arts Center at Academy Park, located at 112 Everbright Avenue, nestled in the heart of Franklin, TN.
About CCM Reunion
We want to honor and preserve the history and legacy of CCM, celebrate those who have been a part of its 50-year journey, and encourage the next generation as they carry the genre forward.
See Bruce Carroll, Rob Frazier and Solveig Leithaug at Belmont Church Nashville on November 2nd. Info at https://actintl.givingfuel.