Music Pg 3



God created music in all its beauty and splendor and gave it to humanity. What better offering have we than to give the gift of music up to our Father.

"Amazing grace! 

how sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost but now am found,

Was blind but now i see."


-John Newton

Former slave, Christian Convert and Songwriter




Albert Brumley

Albert Brumley

(October 29, 1905 – November 15, 1977) was an American shape note music composer and publisher, prolific in the genre of southern gospel.

Two of his most well known songs written in the 1930's:
“I’LL FLY AWAY”, 1932

Andrae Crouch

Andrae Crouch (July 1, 1942 – January 8, 2015) was an American gospel singer, songwriter, arranger, record producer and pastor. Referred to as "the father of modern gospel music" by contemporary Christian and gospel music professionals, Crouch was known for his compositions "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power", "My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)" and "Soon and Very Soon".

"Andrae’s father, Benjamin Crouch, made a deal with God. The Los Angeles street preacher was asked to fill in at a Church an hour from where they lived. He prayed, “If you will give Andrae the gift of playing the piano, I will be a full-time minister.”

During a service three weeks later, Andrae’s father asked his 11-year-old son to come to the piano. Andrae sat on the piano bench and listened to the congregation sing “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” He searched for the right notes. He began to play. For the next sixty-one years Andrae praised God with piano music."

Thomas Dorsey

Thomas A. Dorsey   [PD-1923]

Thomas Dorsey (July 1, 1899 – January 23, 1993) was known as "the father of black gospel music" and was at one time so closely associated with the field that songs written in the new style were sometimes known as "dorseys".

The well known song  “PRECIOUS LORD, TAKE MY HAND” was written in 1932. Country singers made records of "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" in the 1950s. In the following decades, it was recorded by singers as diverse as Jimmy Durante, Lawrence Welk, Engelbert Humperdinck, and Randy Travis. Thomas’ song combining deep sorrow and a strong faith has a universal appeal. It’s been translated into at least 35 languages.

In 1951, Red Foley sang and recorded "Peace in the Valley", Dorsey's song, which sold a million copies.

Charles Gabriel

(August 18, 1856 – September 14, 1932)
was a writer of gospel songs and composer of gospel tunes. He is said to have written and/or composed between 7,000 and 8,000 songs, many of which are available in 21st century hymnals. He used several pseudonyms, including Charlotte G. Homer, H. A. Henry, and S. B. Jackson.
“HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW” was written in 1905:
Civilla D. Martin wrote the lyrics"His Eye Is On The Sparrow" and Charles Gabriel composed the music.

Thoro Harris

March 31, 1874, Washington, DC. March 27, 1955, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Thoro was a song writer and publisher.His most famous song “JESUS LOVES THE LITTLE CHILDREN”,  was written in 1921.


John Petterson

(November 1, 1921 – September 20, 2006)
was a songwriter who had a major influence on evangelical Christian music in the 1950s through the 1970s. He wrote over 1000 songs, and 35 cantatas.[1]

"John’s individual songs (over 1,000) have been highlighted in Billy Graham crusades, recorded by well known singers, and published in various denominational hymnals. About 10 million copies of his larger works —musicals and cantatas— have been sold. After stepping down as president of Singspiration, John accepted invitations from churches to co-duct choral workshops."[2]

Some of his more popular song titles include "It Took a Miracle", "Over the Sunset Mountains", "Heaven Came Down", "So Send I You", "Springs of Living Water", "Jesus is Coming Again", "Surely Goodness and Mercy" and "This is the day that the Lord hath made". [1]

In 1986, he was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.[1]

[1] Wikipedia:


Ira Stanphill

(February 14, 1914 – December 30, 1993)
was a well-known American gospel music songwriter of the mid-twentieth century. He wrote 500 songs. He traveled to 40 different countries, preaching and singing.

"As a singer evangelist, Stanphill traveled the United States and Canada extensively and around the world to 40 countries over his career to preach and perform his music. Many famous secular singers have performed his works, such as Elvis Presley ("Mansion Over the Hilltop") and Johnny Cash ("Suppertime"). "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow", "I Walk with His Hand in Mine", and "We'll Talk It Over" are a few of his titles that are familiar and still performed today."