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Matthew Ward

As a member of the '70s Jesus rock mainstays 2nd Chapter of Acts, vocalist Matthew Ward helped create the sound that eventually became CCM; upon the group's dissolution in 1988, Ward embarked on a solo career. Ward grew up in North Dakota on his family's farm, one of nine siblings; after moving to Sacramento, his mother died of a brain tumor in 1968, and his father passed away just two years later. The 12-year-old Matthew, along with his older sister Nelly, moved in with older sister Annie Herring and her husband, Buck, a sound engineer. The three siblings formed 2nd Chapter of Acts out of their therapeutic nightly singalongs, and Buck's contact with born-again "Eve of Destruction" singer Barry McGuire catapulted the group into stardom on the Christian circuit. Basing himself in Lindale, TX, Ward began his solo career in earnest after 2nd Chapter of Acts disbanded in 1988, releasing the LP Toward Eternity the following year (it had actually been recorded some time earlier). Follow-ups included Armed and Dangerous, Fade to White, and 1992's Point of View. However, during the '90s, Ward was stricken with cancer; he spent quite some time away from music to battle the disease. He returned in 1997 with My Redeemer, an album of songs about his fight with cancer and the comfort of faith; it became the most widely acclaimed work of his solo career. The follow-up, Even Now, was released in 2000. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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tim.anderson 9 4 : That is the most perfect description of Matthew's voice that anyone could ever state.
I declare the stradivarius of voices...Ama z i n g crystal resonance. Just really hard to describe this guys voice.
mwp1212
Matthew Ward could really rock out when he wanted to do so, as this particular cut proves. And seeing that he later experienced a bit of male pattern baldness made me feel a bit better about my own! Another talented Christian rocker with that problem as Kerry Ligren.
Sitting here working my Third Shift..thank f u l to have this beautiful worship music to turn my ear toward !! My Heavenly Father knows JUST how to lift me up in every situation
Amazing great job!!!!
pandora67503
Armed and Dangerous, Fortress and Fade to White are great albums to add!
williams.nei l l
I got Towards Eternity in 1979 ( still have the album) It had some heavy hitters like Ray Parker Jr, Phil Keaggy, Keith Green Michael Omartian and Abraham Laboriael playing on the tracks. It was considered very progressive in the Christian Music circles. Great album, but not quite as good as 2nd Chapters How the West was Won
Amazing. Loved 2nd Chapter as well
totally beautiful worship music:) Blesses me every time I worship with Matthew's music.
aprylwime
Would love to see your Toward Eternity on Pandora. Your Psalm 93 is also awesome.
caleb.bobrul e z . k o e s h a l l
Such an amazing tone, and deep spiritual songs. Incredible.

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