Download Matthew Ward - Hold On
Matthew Ward - Hold On
Matthew Ward - Hold On
7th track from "Toward Eternity" (1979). "Sounds like something off pop radio at the time. If not for Ward's distinctive vocals, I would swear it could have been a single off of Chicago 13. In fact, i...
7th track from "Toward Eternity" (1979). "Sounds like something off pop radio at the time. If not for Ward's distinctive vocals, I would swear it could have been a single off of Chicago 13. In fact, it would have been the best song off of Chicago 13. Ward possesses one of the greatest voices on the planet. Period!"

~ excerpt from CCM’s 500 Best Albums Of All Time /redirect?q=https%3A%2F%2Fccms500bestalbums.wordpress.com%2F2011%2F04%2F21%2F75-toward-eternity-matthew-ward%2F&v=xfDAjqJi9Nc&event=video_description&redir_token=RSKZueHWq5WAW64BdebKh0uy8hF8MTUxMzc5MDAwNUAxNTEzNzAzNjA1

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Album Ranked #75. Toward Eternity – Matthew Ward

I have heard from different sources that Matthew Ward’s “Toward Eternity” is either the last Jesus Music album or the first CCM album. Released right around the turn of the decade that many define as the historical marker for the two genres. Produced and written by many that were the founders and stalwarts of the Jesus Music era (Randy Stonehill, Phil Keaggy, Keith Green, Michael Omartian), but decidedly more polished, rock, and pop driven than anything released previously.

I simply call it a classic that is clearly the center of a musical paradigm shift in CCM. Production was stellar, performances spotless, and Ward’s vocals soar. This is not a solo project from 1/3 of 2nd Chapter of Acts, it is a brilliant rock album conceived and released by an utterly unique and engaging artist in his own right. These are not left-overs from his group, but rather songs that far exceed much of what his siblings were releasing at the time.

Musicians on the album included those mentioned above along with Abraham Laboriel, David Kemper, Ray Parker Jr., and many more studio pros. The album is nearly flawless and many aficionados will list it in their all-time Top 10. It was also released at a time when many Christian Music buffs were cutting their teeth on the genre and this album proved to be a revelation to many. I would not be surprised to find many of the "older" readers complaining on its placement in the countdown, and I will not disagree; I understand their reasoning.

Oddly enough, even fans of hard rock love the album despite its general lack of anything leaning in that direction. Much has to do with the great songs and Keaggy’s outrageous guitar work. It is always odd that Keaggy will often lend some of his best work on projects for other artists. But ultimately it comes down to the fact that Ward possesses one of the greatest voices on the planet. Period!

~ excerpt from CCM’s 500 Best Albums Of All Time /redirect?q=https%3A%2F%2Fccms500bestalbums.wordpress.com%2F2011%2F04%2F21%2F75-toward-eternity-matthew-ward%2F&v=xfDAjqJi9Nc&event=video_description&redir_token=RSKZueHWq5WAW64BdebKh0uy8hF8MTUxMzc5MDAwNUAxNTEzNzAzNjA1

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Song written by: Annie Herring / Buck Herring / Michael Omartian

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