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, resulting in the release of two singles, “Jesus Is” (1972) and “I’m So Happy” (1973). The trio released their debut album the following year, in 1974, titled With Footnotes. This album featured “Easter Song” which would become a signature piece for the group and has been recorded by many other artists since.
In 1986, 2nd Chapter of Acts broadened their appeal with the release of Hymns, reaching audiences with more traditional music. Hymns proved to be their best-selling release, receiving a Dove Award for “Best Praise and Worship Album of the Year” in 1987.
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