Many of you may have never heard of the “Jesus Music Movement” of the 1970’s. As The Sunrise is heavily influenced by this music, here is a bit more information about it:
From About.com (http://christianmusic.about.com/od/trivia/a/ccmhistory.htm):
“The “Jesus Movement” of the 1970’s was when things really started changing and Christian music began to become an industry within itself. Some of the pioneers of the times were:
- Larry Norman – A true pioneer in Christian alternative rock since the 1960’s, he is called the “father of Christian rock” by many.
- Marsha Stevens – The leader of Children of the Day is called the “mother of contemporary Christian music” by The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music.
- Nancy Honeytree – Nancy carries the nickname the “First Lady of Jesus Music,” as she was one of the few female artists to emerge from the Jesus Movement.
- Chuck Girard – He was one of the first Contemporary Christian artists, getting his start in a church in California.
- The 2nd Chapter of Acts – This popular group released sixteen albums over a sixteen-year period.
These artists, and others like them, took the music that spoke of Jesus and merged it with the times. Christian music became more “user friendly” and revival was sparked.”
Here is a video featuring music by Larry Norman and pictures from the 1970’s Jesus Movement: