Sister Janet Mead
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About Sister Janet Mead
To everyone's surprise, Sister Janet Mead hit the #4 position on Billboard's Pop Chart April 13, 1974 with the angelic "The Lord's Prayer." The Adelaide, South Australia native, born in 1938, formed a group called the Rock Band when 17 to provide music for the weekly mass at the local cathedral. A Sister of Mercy, Sister Janet Mead's goal was to make contemporary Mass music available for everyone to understand and enjoy. In 1973 she started making records for churches and schools, but Festival Records detected a wider appeal for her lovely voice and recorded the soon-to-be hit on the B-side of a Donovan song. Disk Jockeys flipped it and "The Lords Prayer" became so popular that A&M Records distributed the record worldwide to more than 31 countries. It became the first Australian record to go gold, selling more than a million copies in the United States, and two million worldwide. She donated all the royalties from the sales to charity. Sister Mead crept into the States charts once more with "Take My Hand," but never appeared again. She continues to record for Festival Records and has a new CD entitled A Time To Sing that displays her still potent, sweet, ethereal voice.
- Adelaide, South Australia, Austra