The Lord's Prayer (Sister Janet Mead song)
Name = Lord's Prayer
Type = studio
Sister Janet Mead
Released = 1973
Recorded = 1973
Genre = Rock,
Label = Festival, A&M (U.S.)
Last single =
This single =
Next single = "The Lord's Prayer" is a rock setting of the
Lord's Prayerwith music by Arnold Stralsrecorded in 1973by the Australian nun Sister Janet Mead. Mead was known for pioneering the use of contemporary rock music in celebrating the Roman Catholic Massand for her weekly radio programs. This recording could be considered one of the links in the development of what would become known as contemporary Christianmusic.
The recording was produced by
Martin Erdmanand originally released by Festival Recordsin Australia. After reaching number three on the charts in Australia, it went on to become an international smash, selling nearly three million copies worldwide and making the upper reaches of the pop charts in territories as diverse as Canada, Japan, Brazil, Germany, and the United States.
In the United States, "The Lord's Prayer", picked up for American distribution by
A&M Records(catalog number 1491, b/w "Brother Sun and Sister Moon"), entered the Billboard Hot 100chart on February 23, 1974, charted for thirteen weeks and reached a peak of number four in April. It was certified gold for sales of one million copies. The record also reached number two on the Adult Contemporary singles chart.
Mead was nominated for a
Grammyfor Best Inspirational Performance (although she lost to Elvis Presley's " How Great Thou Art") and also became the first Australian artist to sell one million U.S. copies of a record produced in Australia. She donated all of her royalties from the recording's massive international sales to charity, and her record label used their share of the proceeds to build a new state-of-the-art recording studio.
Sister Janet re-recorded "The Lord's Prayer" in
1999for her comeback album, "A Time to Sing."
* [http://www.sisterjanetmead.com Sister Janet Mead's Home Page] with a message from Sister Janet
* [http://www.ozsongs.com.au/Featured_CDs/Sister_Janet_Mead/sister_janet_mead.html Listen to a preview of The Lord's Prayer] plus other songs by Sister Janet and photos
* [http://www.hardrushmusic.com/sister_janet_mead.html Sister Janet Mead biography] including information on "The Lord's Prayer"
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