Matthew Ward has one of the all-time great vocal instruments in any style of music. His pure and distinctly soulful sound is instantly recognizable. He is one of the pioneers of the Jesus music genre, later to be called Contemporary Christian music. He is best known as a part of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame trio, 2nd Chapter of Acts in which he sang and performed with his sisters, Annie Herring and Nellie (Ward) Greisen.
'Easter Song - A New Arrangement' is a celebration of Matthew's 40 years in music (he recorded 'Jesus Is' on his 13th birthday). How better to celebrate than to record again one of the most beloved and oft performed songs in Christian music. 'Easter Song - A New Arrangement' is a Contemporary Christian song that simply and joyfully tells of Jesus Christ’s resurrection and the elation Christians feel about this resurrection on Easter. It was written by 2nd Chapter's lead singer/primary songwriter (and Matthew's sister) Annie Herring in 1974.
The song was well received and continues to be performed, appearing in church hymnals and Easter songbooks as well as on Wow Gold CD. According to Tori Taff of CCM Magazine, "The opening notes to 'Easter Song' just may be the single most recognizable intro in contemporary Christian music" . The song even achieved moderate success as a crossover on mainstream radio stations. In 1998 CCM Magazine named "Easter Song" as the No. 4 Christian song of all time.
Easter Song has also been covered by several other artists, including GLAD and Keith Green.
According to Annie, Easter Song came about in the spring, around Easter time. She was sitting in front of the piano, and she said to Jesus, "You know, Father, I would really like to have a present". He answered her, "All right, here's a present". And He gave her Easter Song.