Here’s a re-post about the lives of three outstanding African American song writers.

Thoro Harris

Thoro Harris  (1874-1955)

His gospel themes and children’s songs live on today. Thoro’s lyrics capture both the sense of deep-felt need and the internal peace of Jesus’ provision in songs like “Hide Thou Me” and “All that Thrills My Soul is Jesus.” Read his bio.


Thomas Dorsey  [PD-1923]

Thomas A. Dorsey (1899-1993)

When Thomas turned from a career in non-Christian music, God turned Thomas into the “Father of Gospel Music.” His two most enduring compositions, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” and “Peace in the Valley,” were forged under difficult circumstances. Read his bio.



Andrae Crouch

Andrae Crouch (1942-2015)

As a child, Andrae learned to play the piano without a single lesson. He grew up to write and sing songs that won Dove and Grammy awards. Read the stories behind his songs, “The Blood Will Never Lose its Power,” “My Tribute,” and “Through it All” in his bio.

About William E. Richardson

I'm married to a wonderful woman named Deb. We're the parents of a son and daughter who bring great joy to our lives. I currently pastor the Assembly of God church in Afton, Iowa.
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