1977 The Archers – Fresh Surrender

Fresh Surrender was The Archers fourth studio album and third Light Records release. It and its title song were nominated for a Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Award, and claimed an astounding seven airplay hits for the Jesus music stars. Perhaps more importantly it signaled a marked change for the band, both in sound and appearance. It was recorded on the departure of two founding-members, Billy Rush Masters and Nancye Short-Tsapralis who had been linchpins in the creation of the group’s sound and writing team for six years. Now a trio with sister, Janice Archer, who had been traveling with the combo for some time, The Archers took off in a new direction that would define them for the rest of their career. The project was arranged by Elvis Presley’s original TCB Band keyboardist, Larry Muhoberac who went on to co-produce The Archers’ next album, Stand Up! also released by Light Records. Once again, the band was joined in the studio by an elite group of Los Angeles recording musicians, including Steely Dan alumni Ben Benay, Dean Parks, Lee Ritenour, Wilton Felder, David Hungate, Mike Baird, and Jim Keltner.


1  I Need You (Billy Rush Masters) 3:36
2  Fresh Surrender (Billy Rush Masters) 2:55
3  With Every Breath I Take (Don Aldridge) 4:26
4  Water Into Wine (Steve Archer) 3:20
5  Give Him Praise (Phil Kristianson) 4:48
6  I’m Gonna Rise (Nancye Short-Tsapralis) 3:16
7  Change (Nancye Short-Tsapralis) 3:35
8  Sanctified Life (Steve Archer, Phil Kristianson) 3:32
9  Make Me An Instrument (Lynn Michael Coffey) 4:41
10  You Know The Future (Sharon Learning) 4:22



Bass David Hungate
Bass Reinie Press
Bass Wilton Felder
Drums Jim Keltner
Drums Mike Baird
Drums Paul Leim
Drums Dennis Holt
Guitar Ben Benay
Guitar Dean Parks
Guitar Lee Ritenour
Guitar Fred Tackett
Guitar Tony Sena
Keyboards Larry Muhoberac
Keyboards Phil Kristianson
Vocals Janice Archer
Vocals Steve Archer
Vocals Tim Archer

Liner Notes

Producer – Bill Cole, Tim Archer, Steve Archer
Arranged By (Instrumental) – Larry Muhoberac, The Archers
Arranged By (Vocals) – The Archers
Concertmaster – James Getzoff
Engineer – Bill Taylor, Dennis Drake, John Guess, Larry Emerine, Steve Maslow, Wally Duguid
Orchestrated By – Larry Muhoberac
Strings – James Getzoff

Art Director – Thel Eichman
Photographer – Alan Bergman

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Lexicon Music, Inc.
Published By – Lexicon Music, Inc.
Published By – Benson Pub. Co.
Published By – Libris Music
Recorded At – Western Recorders
Recorded At – Studio 55, Los Angeles
Recorded At – Hollywood Sound Recorders
Recorded At – Devonshire Studios
Recorded At – Mama Jo’s
Mastered At – Capitol Mastering