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Hymns (1986)

Hymns is the eighth studio album by the Christian vocal trio 2nd Chapter of Acts, released in the fall of 1986 on Live Oak Records. After the release of their previous album Night Light, the trio headed to Easter Song Studio in Garden Valley, Texas to record Hymns, covering mostly traditional hymns sung in churches but in their style of vocal harmonies and with an adult contemporary sound. Production was done by Buck Herring, with the trio handling the vocal arrangements and musician John Andrew Schreiner handling the instrumental arrangements and playing keyboards throughout the album. The final track "He Has Formed Me" is an original song written by trio member Annie Herring.

The hymn "Fairest Lord Jesus" was released as the lead single to Christian AC and Inspirational radio. A music video was made for the next single "My Jesus I Love Thee." In 1987, Hymns climbed up to number 9 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart and it became one of their biggest selling albums. That same year, 2nd Chapter of Acts won their first (and only) Dove Award for Praise and Worship Album of the Year for Hymns at the 18th GMA Dove Awards. Sparrow Records re-issued Hymns on CD in 1991.

Track listing

1. All Creatures of Our God and King (William Henry Draper) -3:01

2. My Jesus I Love Thee (traditional) -4:56

3. Great Is Thy Faithfulness (Thomas Chisholm, William M. Runyan) -4:09

4. Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee (traditional) -2:44

5. Crown Him With Many Crowns (traditional) -3:51

6. Take My Life and Let It Be (Frances Ridley Havergal) -1:49

7. Holy, Holy, Holy (John Bacchus Dykes, Reginald Heber) -5:39

8. Fairest Lord Jesus (traditional) -3:51

9. O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus (Samuel Trevor Francis) -4:12

10. How Great Thou Art (Stuart K. Hine) -5:26

11. He Has Formed Me (Annie Herring) -1:42


2nd Chapter of Acts:

Annie Herring -vocals

Nelly Greisen -vocals

Matthew Ward -vocals


Dove Award -Praise and Worship Album of the Year (Hymns)

Radio singles

1986 -1987 "Fairest Lord Jesus" -#9 Christian AC

1987 "My Jesus I Love Thee" -#31 Christian AC

Previous release: Night Light (1985)

Watch the music video of "My Jesus I Love Thee" here:

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