Originally a duo of brothers Tim and Steve Archer, this white Christian gospel group from the USA grew up in a family heavily involved in the ministry. Their father spent 30 years in that profession, while two other brothers, Gary and Ron, served as pastors in California and Holland, respectively. Inevitably, the group grew out of singing sessions at their father’s ministry, before they expanded their activities through other churches in San Francisco and northern California. By 1967 they had added instrumentation to back their voices, encouraged in their pursuits by gospel greats such as Ralph Carmichael and Andrae Crouch. Their first album was recorded for Charisma Records in 1972, though it gained greater exposure when Impact purchased Charisma and re-released the collection as The Archers. Significant critical praise followed, as well as a booking at the prestigious Expo ’72 Festival, attended by over half a million Christians in Dallas. Later they joined Pat Boone on the road, and also contributed to a film in which he starred. With a growing profile in the Contemporary Christian charts and associated periodicals, the group enjoyed mounting sales for their albums, particularly Fresh Surrender, which was nominated for a Dove Award. The duo was joined by sister Janice Archer, whose rich soprano voice perfectly complemented that of her siblings.
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