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Sister Janet Mead The Lord's Prayer Song

Updated on September 29, 2010

The Lord's Prayer

Sister Janet Mead - Musical Legend

Maybe you don't recognize the name Sister Janet Mead if you're not from Australia. However, if you were a kid or older during the 70s, you probably know who she is, if only indirectly. Sister Janet Mead has accomplished some major musical accomplishments. But, first let's talk a little about Sister Janet Mead's background.

Sister Janet Mead Biography

Janet Mead was born is South Australia in 1938. At a very early age, it was apparent that she was an amazing musical talent. Janet studied piano as a child. She had perfect pitch, and her voice had a vocal range of 3 octaves.

Janet was always passionate about music. Her other love was the church. She combined her two interests while forming a band when she was a teenager. The band performed at the weekly mass. Despite Janet's obvious immense musical talent, the church was her greatest love. She became a nun and taught music at a Catholic school.

Sister Janet Mead never abandoned her interest in music. She wanted to make religious music more enjoyable to teens, as well as the church services. She started to experiment with using a rock music feel with religious lyrics.

This led to what became termed 'rock masses' at the local cathedral. The masses became wildly popular. They were so popular, in fact, that there wasn't room for everyone attending. Speakers were set up outside so that everyone could hear the music.

Next, Sister Janet Mead started recording professionally for Catholic schools and churches. Sister Mead traveled to Sydney, Australia in 1973 to record with well-known music producer, Martin Erdman. The recording was Brother Sun, Sister Moon. It was going to be added to a soundtrack.

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Sister Janet Mead and the Lord's Prayer

At the last minute, they decided to record a B side. It was an arrangement written by a member of Sister Mead's church. The song was "The Lord's Prayer" put to a rock music sound. Erdman added an orchestra and rock band to the mix. The studio was so impressed that they released both songs as singles.

The record was released to radio stations in Australia. DJs started playing the B side instead of Brother Sun, Sister Moon. It was an immediate hit in Australia. Radio stations started getting jammed phone lines with requests for "The Lord's Prayer".

A&M Records decided to distribute the single worldwide. It was an excellent idea. "The Lord's Prayer" hit #3 in Australia and #4 in the United States. It was a Top 10 hit in several other countries in 1974. The huge hit single sold close to 3 million records.

Sister Janet Mead even received a nomination for a Grammy for her hit song. She was nominated for Best Inspirational Performance in 1975. She was up against Elvis Presley's rendition of How Great Thou Art. It was the only Grammy that Elvis won.

"The Lord's Prayer" would earn Sister Janet Mead many accolades besides her Grammy nomination. She earned the first Australian gold record. Sister Mead's one hit wonder made her the first Australian singer to sell over a million copies in the United States. "The Lord's Prayer" made the Top 40 charts in more countries than any other Australian single. Sister Janet Mead has also sold more records than any other Australian gospel singer.

Sister Mead gave away all of the money that came with the record sales. She did record a second album titled "Rock Mass". A single from the album made it to the US song charts, although not with the huge success of "The Lord's Prayer". A third album that was recorded in 1975 was not released. It was accidentally discovered again and released on the 25th anniversary of "The Lord's Prayer" original release.

Lots of media attention and music offers were thrust Sister Mead's way. Sister Mead says that this was a terrible time in her life and that it seriously tested her faith. Sister Mead went into seclusion. She is still active in the church and community service. Her music lives on and "The Lord's Prayer" is considered to be the forerunner of contempory Christian music.

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      D Matheson 5 years ago

      Yes I can remember it well It was played on the radio about 5 times an hour But it was always enjoyable even by us young people I think I was about 16 still sounds great today

      If only some would bring it back again

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      S G Hupp 6 years ago from United States

      I haven't heard this song in decades but I still have always remembered it well. Thanks for the great hub.

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      Lparle 6 years ago

      I remember this song but anyone I mentioned it to thought I was kidding, the Lords Prayer a #1 single. I could never get it out of my head, and never knew who sang it until my search led me here. Thanks

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      C-Bless 7 years ago from Canada

      Someone sent me her video link 2 years ago and it was a joy to listen to her. And now, I get the story behind her record. Your article was a good read. Thank you for sharing...

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      Pam Little 7 years ago

      I do very much remember "The Lord's Prayer" Sr Janer Mead

      I even have the oringal sheet music--those where the days

      Pam

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      albert 7 years ago

      This is the arrangement I remember from 70 to 72 as a kid in church. We had a folk band that played in mass and I loved this version. of coarse it wasn't so polished with strings. It was all folk guitar and was awsome. really got your toes tapping. where can I get the chords for this arrangement? Im not good enough to figure them out myself. heepfan@aol.com

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      Lynn 7 years ago

      I remember being a little girl sitting in front of my sister's record player listing to this, The Carpenter's, Christopher Cross, Bread, Charlie Daniels and some other GREAT singers of the 70's!

      THANK you!

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      JB 7 years ago

      I remember this song when I was very young.... funny though I remember an acoustic version also. I've not heard this version in over 30 years and could not remember who recorded it. Thank you for finding it.

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      JeanieR 7 years ago from Sequoia National Forest, CA

      What a wonderful trip down memory lane!

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      Ed McNulty 8 years ago

      I remember well hearing this wonderful version on radio in West Virginia and then rushing out to buy the record. Thanks for sharing this and introducing Sister Mead to a younger audience. The Sixties and Seventies were a wonderful time for Christian music, and some which was not by Christians such as Jesus Christ: Superstar. There were all kinds of Catholic folk musicians then such as Ray Repp who brought the church out of the Victorian age of music and into the 20th century. Sydney Carter's "Lord of the Dance" became popular back then as well.

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      Sue 8 years ago

      I would spend hours listening to this song as a kid! I so Loved it and was very happy to find it on the Web. I would like to have a copy of the song but for now I'm very happy to listen to it on my computer.

      It would have been great to meet Sister Janet she is a true gift from God

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      borderrider1 9 years ago

      This version of The Lord's Prayer was sung at my Confirmation. It was way cool back then and the guy in charge of music is still in that parish. Not bad for a small mill town in Maine!

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      christian music 9 years ago

      The Lord's Prayer is my very favorite , Janet Mead your the best.

      Keep up the good work.

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      Angela Harris 10 years ago from Around the USA

      Wisconsin gal and John, I'm so glad that this video of Janet Mead's The Lord's Prayer brought back memories for you both.

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      Joanie Ruppel 10 years ago from Texas

      That video brings back some real memories. Thanks for a great hub.

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      Wisconsin gal 10 years ago

      Oh my gosh. How happy I was to find this site. I am from a small rural farming community in Northwestern Wisconsin. I now live in Madison Wisconsin. I had the 45 of this song when I was a a young girl. I am now 41 years old. I was searching the web all night for this and finally found it. This has brough back so many fond memories and the great faith that it has bought to me. Thank you so much Sister Janet Mead. I can't wait to share this with my family and my faith community here in Madison and back home.

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      Angela Harris 10 years ago from Around the USA

      Oh my gosh, KC! I love you! Thanks so much. I'm adding The Lord's Prayer now.

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      Angela Harris 10 years ago from Around the USA

      Thanks so much, Bonnie! I appreciate it.

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      Bonnie Ramsey 10 years ago from United States

      Being raised in a Baptist home, most of my religious music at that time consisted of the usual southern gospel. Now, I love all sorts of religious music. I will definitely let you know if I can find this video. I just watched another youtube video that I liked on another hub so I copied that link and saved it in my documents so I wouldn't lose it LOL. I'll do that is I find this video and get it to you.

      Bonnie

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      Angela Harris 10 years ago from Around the USA

      I wish I could have included the link with the full song. It is surprising to me that you guys don't remember The Lord's Prayer song. If you find the video, Bonnie, please let me know. I was just showing this song to my daughter. I don't know if it has been removed, or if I'm just using the wrong search terms.

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      Bonnie Ramsey 10 years ago from United States

      I had not heard of Janet Mead until this hub. Listening to the demo in the link, that saddens me as I would have loved to have grown up with this song! It is truly awsome and I will definitely be searching the net to look for the video. Great hub!

      Bonnie

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      Peter M. Lopez 10 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

      I'm afraid I don't know of Janet Mead, my loss. Nice hub.

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