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The Archers singing "You Own Tomorrow" on the Ross Bagley Show

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The Archers were one of America's earliest Contemporary Christian music groups. They were originally brothers Tim and Steve Archer, Nancye Short and Billy Rush Masters. After Masters and Short departed in 1977, sister Janice Archer joined. They enjoyed greater longevity than most of the pioneering CCM artists, recording chart hits in the decades of the 1970s, '80s, and '90s. Their hits included, "Jesus Is The Answer", "Little Flowers", "It Wouldn't Be Enough", "Fresh Surrender", "Stand Up!", and "Heaven In Your Eyes". Former Maranatha! Music artist and CCM pioneer Erick Nelson defined The Archers' role in the development of contemporary Christian music as representing one-half of a convergence: traditional vocal groups like The Archers got hipper while the hippie rock groups (like the Maranatha bands) got more mellow—eventually both evinced the polished, commercial sound that would be identified as stereotypical contemporary Christian music.

By 1975, they had appeared at virtually every significant Jesus festival in the U.S. and Canada, and completed an extensive European tour. In June of that year they released their first Light album, The Archers: Things We Deeply Feel. The album produced a number of chart hits including Masters', "Giver Of Life" and "Music", Andrae Crouches "Lord You've Been Good To Me", "I'm With Jesus", and the CCM Number One hit, "It Wouldn't Be Enough". The song went on to be covered by a number of other artists. As their profile grew the group's album sales increased and they began to headline larger venues, including main stage performances at Disneyland's "Night of Joy". In late 1976, after returning from a tour of South Africa they entered the studio again teamed with arranger and Elvis Presley TCB Band alumnus, Larry Muhoberac to record their second LP for Light. With the departure of Billy Masters and Nancye Short (who participated on background vocals), Janice Archer assumed the role of female lead. The group reemerged with a dramatically changed look and sound on the 1977 release of the GMA Dove Award nominated, Fresh Surrender. The album, their best selling to that date, produced seven back-to-back hits, including, Masters' title track and "I Need You" and Short's, "I'm Gonna Rise", "Make Me An Instrument", and "With Every Breath I Take". Both Tim and Steve made their first venture into composing, co-penning the soul single, "Water Into Wine" and Steve's "Sanctified Life." The year 1978 brought the new lineup to a performance at the White House for President Jimmy Carter. Returning to the studio late that year, the group again teamed with Muhoberac, this time as co-producer (with John Guess), for the critically acclaimed, Stand Up. Tim and Steve again contributed tracks with two top ten hits, the title song co-written by Steve, and Tim's "Pickin' Up The Pieces". Other tracks included "Fools Paradise", Kelly Willard's, "Blame It On The One I Love", "Living In Your Love" (later covered by TG Shepard), and "Only His Love". * 1972 Any Day Now (Charisma) * 1973 The Archers (Impact/Benson) * 1974 Keep Singin' That Love Song (Impact/Benson) * 1975 Things We Deeply Feel (Light Records) * 1977 Fresh Surrender (Light Records) - Dove nomination * 1979 Stand Up! (Light Records) * 1980 Celebrate -- Live (Light Records) - In concert * 1981 Spreadin' Like Wildfire (Songbird/MCA) - Grammy nomination, Grammy performance * 1984 All Systems Are Go (Light Records) * 1991 Colors of Your Love (Reunion/Word) * 2008 Fresh Surrender - Re-issue CD (Tim Archer Music)

[edit] Compilations (Greatest Hits) * 1979 In The Beginning (Greentree/Benson) * 1982 At Their Very Best (Light Records) * 1984 Golden Classics (Light Records) * 1992 2nd Time Around (Gulfstar/Diadem)

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