Matthew Ward

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Matthew Ward is listed in the credits for the following albums:

Year Artist Album Role
1970 2nd Chapter of Acts Easter Song Vocals
1972 Jimmy and Carol Owens Come Together Vocals
1973 Jamie Owens-Collins Laughter in Your Soul Background Vocals
1973 Barry McGuire Seeds Background Vocals
1974 Barry McGuire Lighten Up Background Vocals
1974 2nd Chapter of Acts With Footnotes Vocals
1975 Jamie Owens-Collins Growing Pains Songwriter
1975 Barry McGuire To the Bride Vocals
1975 2nd Chapter of Acts In the Volume of the Book Songwriter, Vocals
1976 Becky Ugartechea House Between Two Rivers Background Vocals, Hand Claps
1976 Janny Grein Free Indeed Vocals
1976 Mike and Kathie Deasy Wings Of An Eagle Background Vocals
1976 Various Artists Firewind
1976 Annie Herring Kids of the Kingdom Songwriter, Background Vocals
1976 Barry McGuire C'mon Along Background Vocals
1976 Annie Herring Through a Child's Eyes Songwriter, Background Vocals
1976 Phil Keaggy Love Broke Thru Background Vocals
1977 Barry McGuire Have You Heard Background Vocals
1977 Pat Terry Sweet Music Handclaps, Vocals
1977 2nd Chapter of Acts How the West Was One Songwriter, Vocals
1978 The Boones First Class Background Vocals
1978 Michael and Stormie Omartian Seasons of the Soul Background Vocals
1978 Annie Herring Kids Of The Kingdom - Follow The Leader Songwriter, Vocals
1978 Keith Green No Compromise Background Vocals, Choir
1978 2nd Chapter of Acts Mansion Builder Songwriter, Vocals
1979 Matthew Ward Toward Eternity Songwriter, Vocal Arranger, Vocals
1980 Jamie Owens-Collins Straight Ahead Background Vocals
1980 Pat Terry Best of the Pat Terry Group Handclaps
1980 Phil Keaggy Ph'lip Side Background Vocals
1980 2nd Chapter of Acts The Roar of Love Songwriter, Whistle, Vocals
1981 2nd Chapter of Acts Rejoice Songwriter, Vocals
1981 2nd Chapter of Acts Encores Songwriter, Vocals
1983 2nd Chapter of Acts Together Live Songwriter, Vocals
1983 Mylon LeFevre & Broken Heart More Vocals
1983 2nd Chapter of Acts Singer Sower Songwriter, Guitar, Vocals
1984 Dennis Agajanian Where Are The Heroes Background Vocals
1984 Leslie Phillips Dancing with Danger Duet Vocals
1984 Terry Talbot Sings Stories of Jesus Background Vocals
1985 The Cause Do Something Now Vocals, Choir
1985 Leslie Phillips Black and White in a Grey World Background Vocals
1985 2nd Chapter of Acts Night Light Songwriter, Arrangements, Vocals
1986 Cruse Long Journey Home Background Vocals
1986 Harvest Only the Overcomers Background Vocals
1986 Greg X. Volz The River Is Rising Background Vocals
1986 Matthew Ward Armed and Dangerous Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Vocals
1986 2nd Chapter of Acts Hymns Vocals
1987 Twila Paris Same Girl Background Vocals
1987 2nd Chapter of Acts Far Away Places Songwriter, Vocals
1989 Annie Herring Flying Lessons Songwriter, Background Vocals
1989 Phil Keaggy The Best of Keaggy Background Vocals
1990 Phil Keaggy Town to Town / Ph'lip Side / Play Thru Me Background Vocals
1990 Phil Keaggy What a Day / Love Broke Thru Background Vocals
1990 Matthew Ward Fortress Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Vocals
1991 Mylon LeFevre & Broken Heart A Decade Of Love Vocals
1992 Various Artists Generation 2 Generation
1993 Harvest Mighty River Producer
1993 Annie Herring All That I Am Guitar Arrangements, Duet and Background Vocals
1993 Phil Keaggy Backroom Trax #5 Vocals
1995 Phil Keaggy Time 2 Background Vocals
1995 Phil Keaggy Time 1 Background Vocals
1999 Dallas Holm Holm for Christmas Background Vocals
2003 Phil Keaggy History Makers Background Vocals

Matthew Ward


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Feb 15, 1958

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Matthew Ward is one of the pioneers of the Jesus music genre, later to be called Contemporary Christian music. He is best known as a part of the trio, 2nd Chapter of Acts in which he sang and performed with his sisters, Annie Herring and Nellie (Ward) Greisen. However, during his musical career with the 2nd Chapter of Acts from 1973 to 1988, he also recorded nine solo albums.

Matthew's music and ministry were in no small part, forged from a personal family tragedy. In 1968 his mother, Elizabeth Ward, died of a brain tumor; two years later his father, Walter, died of leukemia leaving him and his youngest sister, Nelly, orphaned. The Ward siblings all decided that Matthew's older sister, Annie, and her new husband, record producer Buck Herring, should take in the two younger Ward siblings. Matthew's older sister, Annie, was a self-styled (and self-taught) singer and songwriter who wrote and played her songs around the family piano. Matthew and sister, Nelly, would often join in as Annie played, and eventually, they developed extremely tight and intricate harmonies.

As the trio gradually started singing for local coffee houses and small gatherings, they eventually gained the notice of Pat Boone who arranged a contract to record and release two singles with MGM, "Jesus Is" (1972), recorded on Matthew's 13th birthday, and "I'm So Happy" (1973). The fledgling trio also came to the attention of 1960s folk singer Barry McGuire, 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.

Following his career with the 2nd Chapter of Acts, Matthew Ward has recorded many more solo works and also works in the music industry as a background & jingle vocalist. He has worked with other such artists as Donna Summer, LeAnn Rimes, Randy Stonehill, Sandi Patti, Dennis Jernigan, Jordin Sparks, and many others.

During the 1990s, Matthew stepped away from the music industry as he fought a battle with cancer, which he would eventually beat. He returned in 1997 with My Redeemer, an album of songs about his fight with cancer and the comfort of his faith in God. In 1999, Ward was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

The book, My 2nd Chapter: The Matthew Ward Story was released in February 2005. The autobiography includes how Ward battled his own bout with cancer—and won.

Created by: siremidor on 26-July-2010 - Last Edited by siremidor on 10-June-2021

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