Stevens, Marsha J.
Marsha Stevens-Pino (born Marsha Carter August 20, 1952) is a singer, musician, songwriter and recording artist of Christian songs.
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. The band's first album, Come to the Water, was recorded with money borrowed from Calvary Chapel, whose minister Chuck Smith supported Stevens-Pino's career. However, her later memoir accounts that he enforced female subordination, including appointing a male bandmate as leader of the band. Smith's mentoring ended when she came out and Smith suggested that she hadn't "married the right man."
An entry in the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music states that Stevens should be recognized as the mother of the genre.