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Charles M. Alexander

 

 

1867-1920

Induction Year

1991

Birthplace

Maryville, TN

Role

Evangelistic Song Leader

Friends and Colleagues

  • Dwight L. Moody
  • R.A. Torrey
  • J. Wilbur Chapman
  • Homer Rodeheaver
  • Cliff Barrows

Biography

He was born near Maryville, Tennessee in 1867.  He was the first music teacher at Maryville College.  He enrolled in Moody Bible Institute in Chicago in 1892 and the following year led the music for Dwight L. Moody’s World’s Fair Evangelistic Campaign in Chicago.  His fame here brought great demand for his services as a greatly popular song leader and he was associated at different times with two most outstanding evangelists, R.A. Torrey and J. Wilbur Chapman.  With these two men he traveled around the world four times. Alexander’s significance to the gospel song tradition is not as an author or composer, but because of the fact that he was the first “Charismatic” evangelistic song leader and he was followed by such personal ties as Homer Rodeheaver and Cliff Barrows.  He developed the skill of leading great throngs in singing gospel songs to a fine art.  He died in England in 1920.

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Pages from the book Alexander’s Gospel Songs

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