Category Archives: Hymn writer

CHARLES GABRIEL

Born AUGUST 18, 1856 The Wilton, Iowa native, Charles Hutchinson Gabriel, is considered the most prolific writer of gospel music in the concluding years of the nineteenth century and the early decades of the twentieth century. Skilled at penning both lyrics and … Continue reading

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JOHNSON OATMAN JR.

Born April 21, 1856 Johnson Oatman Jr. of New Jersey followed the foot-steps of his father, Johnson Oatman Sr., in many ways. He accepted his father’s faith, making it his own. They worked side by side in the family mercantile business, Johnson Oatman and … Continue reading

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ALBERT BRUMLEY

Born OCTOBER  29, 1905 Most hymn writers are remembered for one or two songs. A few have been blessed to write a handful that survive and thrive. One of gospel music’s most popular hymn writers of the 20th century is Albert Brumley. The majority of his songs that are still sung today were … Continue reading

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PHILIP BLISS

Born JULY 9, 1838 For the 1876 Christmas holiday, Philip and his wife “Lucy,” visited his hometown of Rome, Pennsylvania. On December 29, they left their two young children in the care of an aunt. Philip and Lucy boarded a train bound for Chicago to participate … Continue reading

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THOMAS DORSEY

Born JULY 1, 1899 Thomas Andrew Dorsey is known as the “Father of Gospel Music.” He earned that distinction by blend-ing two powerful musical styles of his day—church hymn music and the blues—making a new sound for worshiping God. Thomas is recognized by both genres as a successful … Continue reading

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ROBERT LOWRY

Born MARCH 12, 1826 When the position for music editor opened at the Biglow Publishing Company in 1868, God moved Pastor Robert Lowry into the vacancy. Like Joshua replacing Moses as Israel’s leader, Robert followed the talented William Bradbury in advancing the role … Continue reading

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CHARLES WESLEY

Born DECEMBER 18, 1707 John and Charles Wesley strongly impacted their world with the gospel. They didn’t set out to start a new denomination but to raise the level of Biblical spirituality around them, . They were raised in the Church of England and educated at Oxford. … Continue reading

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