Children of the Day

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Children of the Day
Genres Jesus music, contemporary Christian music
Years active 1971–1979
Past members

Children of the Day was a contemporary Christian music group that recorded and toured from 1970 to 1980. It is considered to be the first Jesus music group,[1] and Marsha Stevens the mother of contemporary Christian music.[2]

Career[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

After becoming a born-again Christian, 16-year-old Marsha Carter was instrumental to leading her sister Wendy and friend Peter Jacobs to Christianity.[3] Utilizing Carter's talents as a songwriter, the three formed a Jesus music group they called Children of the Day. With the addition of friend, singer and upright bass player Russ Stevens to the group, the band became a quartet and released their first album. Following the release of the album, Marsha Carter and Russ Stevens married.

Career[edit]

Released in 1971 on the Maranatha! Music label, the group's first album was titled Come to the Waters. In order to finance the project, the group borrowed $900 from Calvary Chapel pastor Chuck Smith in order to produce the album that included what would become the group's best-known song penned by Marsha Stevens, For Those Tears I Died. The well-received album was followed two years later by With All Our Love (1973). Two more albums by the group were produced on the Maranatha! Music label, Where Else Could I Go (1975), and Christmas Album (1975). The group later signed with Light Records, releasing, Never Felt So Free (1977) and Butterfly(1979), during which Jeff Crandall was brought in to replace the departed Peter Jacobs.[4] It was after the release of Butterfly that the group disbanded.

The group's demise[edit]

After the release of Butterfly, Marsha and Russ Stevens divorced. Following their divorce, Marsha Stevens publicly announced she was a lesbian.[3] In The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music, editor Mark Powell referred to the incident as "Contemporary Christian Music's first official scandal".

Aftermath[edit]

Marsha Stevens founded her own ministry, BALM (Born Again Lesbian Music), in the mid-1980s and continues to write and record. Now going by Marsha Stevens-Pino, she is in a domestic partnership with Cindy Stevens-Pino; they both travel the United States with Stevens-Pino giving concerts in predominantly gay and lesbian and as well as gay-affirming churches and fellowships. Stevens-Pino also works to help develop the talents of up and coming LGBT Christian musicians through BALM's "UP Beat!" program.

Peter Jacobs currently runs the Pete Jacobs Wartime Revue,[5] a 16-piece big-band that performs live shows featuring hits of the 1930s and 1940s. He also heads the jazzy Pete Jacobs Quintet and the 1960s tribute band Class of '69. Jacobs also created and produced the Colby's Clubhouse television series for the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

In 1974, Wendy Carter married the band's "roadie", Kit Fremin; they later had two children, daughters Jessica and Rebecca. Wendy Fremin now teaches private voice and guitar lessons in Murrieta, CA, and works with Peter Jacobs.[citation needed]

Members[edit]

  • Marsha Stevens
  • Wendy Carter
  • Russ Stevens
  • Peter Jacobs (1971–79)
  • Jeff Crandall (1979)

Discography[edit]

  • Come to the Waters (1971)
  • With All Our Love (1973)
  • Where Else Could I Go (1975)
  • Christmas Album (1975)
  • Never Felt So Free (1977)
  • Butterfly (1979)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music. Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. p. 164. ISBN 1-56563-679-1. 
  2. ^ "Marsha Stevens - a Review of The Phantom Tollbooth". Tollbooth.org. July 27, 2001. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Daniel J. Mount | Christian Author and Speaker". Danielmount.net. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Children Of The Day: Pioneers of California's Jesus music whose career ended in scandal - Children Of The Day". Crossrhythms.co.uk. July 25, 2010. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ "www.wartimeradio.com". www.wartimeradio.com. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 

External links[edit]

  • Vintage footage of Marsha Stevens and Children of the Day performing "For Those Tears I Died" on the Kathryn Kuhlman television program, circa 1971 [1]