Baylus Benjamin McKinney was born in Heflin, Louisiana in 1886. Educated at Mt. Lebanon Academy in Louisiana, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas and Siegel-Myers Correspondence School of Music, Chicago. He was reared on a farm in Louisiana. His musical interest began when he was about 8 years old. The family acquired a new pump organ when he was about 15 and the family spent many hours around the instrument singing. He has an outstanding baritone voice. He became a Christian and dedicated his life and talents to Christ. For 14 years, Dr. McKinney taught in the School of Sacred Music of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. He was a true humanitarian, counseling with people, strengthening their inner faith. He was the composer of hundreds of gospel songs among them “The Nail Scarred Hand”, “Holy Spirit, Breathe On Me”, “Wherever He Leads, I’ll Go”, and “Have Faith In God”. In 1935, he began the music department at the Baptist Sunday School Board in Nashville where he worked until his death in 1952. Under his direction the popular Broadman Hymnal was printed in 1940. On his return from a Music Conference, he was killed in an automobile accident.
- Mt. Lebanon Academy in Louisiana
- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX
- Siegel-Myers Correspondence School of Music in Chicago, IL
- “Wherever He Leads I’ll Go”
- “The Nail Scarred Hand”
Carl Smith with the Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle singing B.B. McKinney’s “The Nail Scarred Hand”