Marsha Stevens-Pino (born Marsha Carter 20 August 1952 in Pomona, California) is a singer, musician, songwriter and recording artist of Christian songs.

For Those Tears I Died and "Children of the Day"

Shortly after professing to become a Christian in 1969 at sixteen years of age, Stevens-Pino wrote "For Those Tears I Died (Come to the Water)", a song that was to become widely known and sung in charismatic Christian churches and youth-groups across the United States. Utilizing her songwriting and singing talents with sister Wendy Carter and friends Peter Jacobs and Russ Stevens, the Contemporary Christian Music group known as " Children of the Day " was formed. An entry in The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music states:

If Larry Norman is to be called the father of Christian Rock, then Marsha Stevens certainly deserves to be known as the mother of contemporary Christian music...She was the leader of what is considered to be the world's first contemporary Christian music group, Children of the Day, and she has continued as a solo artist to produce albums of worship-oriented and edifying adult contemporary pop. As such, she remains the progenitor of what, by 2002, would become the single most popular genre in the contemporary Christian music market. [7]

Albums

  • Songs of Praise in a Strange Land
  • Is this the real you?
  • In Retrospect
  • The Waiting's Over
  • The Gift is on the inside
  • UP (Unashamed Praise)

Personal life

Stevens-Pino married Russ Stevens in the 1970s and they were together for seven years before divorcing. She married Cindy Stevens-Pino in August 2003 [8] and they ran a music ministry training school for LGBT+ Christians at in St. Petersburg FL. They currently lead and attend .

When she came out as a lesbian after her divorce from Stevens, she faced much vitriol from the conservative Christian community. People tore her songs out of hymnals and songbooks and sent her hate mail.

See also