Special Guest Interview – Chuck Girard –
Nathan interviews Christian Artist Chuck Girard as they talk about:
Chuck is the writer of the beautiful worship song – Sometimes Allelujah
Some of the History of Contemporary Christian Music
Chuck talks about some of his popular songs.
Seeker sensitive churches….what happened to the worship?
The missing anointing in today’s church…why?
Chuck Girard’s Bio: Singer, Songwriter, Recording Artist, and Worship Leader. A Pioneer of Contemporary Christian Music, Member and Co-Founder of the CCM group ‘LOVE SONG.’
In his early twenties Chuck became disillusioned with life, and like so many of his generation began experimenting with drugs. This led to a five-year search for God through LSD, eastern religion, and a committed “hippie” lifestyle.
His search ended in 1970 at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa when he found true spiritual reality through accepting Jesus Christ as his Savior. Girard was already in a group call LOVE SONG, and along with the conversions of the band members came the radical change in their message. Previously playing clubs, preaching “peace and love”, and LSD as the way to find God, they now had a new message, and with this change helped blaze the path for the beginnings of what would become known as “The Jesus Movement” and Contemporary Christian Music. Chuck played with LOVE SONG for the next three years before launching solo with his first self-titled album CHUCK GIRARD that produced his most renowned song “Sometimes Alleluia”
ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE Excerpt from an article by Patrick Corman, June 1971
…a few professional musicians are playing Jesus music too. Chuck Girard’s group, Love Song, is now an acoustical “contemporary gospel” band. A few years ago it played the acid rock nightclub circuit. Its members, at one time or another went through Eastern philosophies, vegetarianism, religious cults, and drugs–all, they say, in a quest for “truth and spiritual fulfillment.” Girard started singing in high school, free-lanced as a studio background singer, and became involved with one hit, The Hondell’s “Little Honda.”
“The Jesus rock scene is pretty limited right now,” Girard said, “because there isn’t a lot of musicians and music, and most of the kids who play don’t come from a professional background “When you ask somebody what our songs are about there’s no ambiguity. It’s right up there in plain language with no deep intellectual vibes. What we’re saying is Jesus, one way. If you want the answer follow it.”
A musician also feels different playing Jesus music, Girard said. “There’s a completely different purpose to it. It’s not glorifying yourself or feeding your ego so people will say what a great musician you are. It’s glorifying the Lord through the music. When you’re really singing you can feel the Lord working, feel Him working through you, so that you’re reaching the kids. I’ve seen kids come up to the altar and give their hearts to the Lord because the music affects them.
“It’s not us, it’s the Spirit that comes through to them and speaks to their hearts.
Chuck has released many albums, toured the US, Europe, and Australia several times both solo and with the CHUCK GIRARD BAND. He has toured in Indonesia, Africa, Mexico, Canada, and most recently, the Middle East. In 1981 at the peak of his solo career, Chuck left the spotlight of the concert scene and focused his attention on the new direction that God had birthed…a return to the simplicity of worship and the church. In this capacity, Chuck to this day ministers through music, worship, and teaching in the United States and around the world. Chuck has appeared with Billy Graham, and on “700 Club”, “100 Huntley Street”, “Trinity Broadcasting Network”, and various television shows throughout the world. John 9:25 “…I was blind but now I see”.
This is where it all started for Chuck. Chuck and his wife Karen have four daughters, three granddaughters, and two grandsons.
Chuck’s Website: Chuck Girard’s Website
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