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A. J. Showalter

A. J. Showalter
Short Name: A. J. Showalter
Full Name: Showalter, A. J. (Anthony Johnson), 1858-1924
Birth Year: 1858
Death Year: 1924

Anthony Johnson Showalter USA 1858-1924/ Born in Cherry Grove, VA, he became an organist, gospel music composer, author, teacher, editor, and publisher. He was taught by his father and in 1876 received training at the Ruebush-Kieffer School of Music, Dayton, VA. He also attended George Root’s National Normal school at Erie, PA, and Dr Palmer’s International Normal at Meadville, PA. He was teaching music in shape note singing schools by age 14. He taught literary school at age 19, and normal music schools at age 22, when he also published his first book. In 1881 he married Lucy Carolyn (Callie) Walser of TX, and they had seven children: Tennie, Karl, Essie, Jennie, Lena, Margaret, and Nellie. At age 23 he published his “Harmony & composition” book, and years later his “Theory of music”. In 1884 he moved to Dalton, GA, and in 1890 formed the Showalter Music Company of Dalton. His company printed and published hymnals, songbooks, schoolbooks, magazines, and newspapers, and had offices in Texarkana, AR, and Chattanooga, TN. In 1888 he became a member of the M T N A (Music Teachers National Association) and was vice-president for his state for several years. In 1895 he went abroad to study methods of teachers and conductors in Europe. He held sessions of his Southern Normal Music Institute in a dozen or more states. He edited “The music teacher & home magazine” for 20 years. In 1895 he issued his “New harmony & composition” book. He authored 60+ books on music theory, harmony, and song. He published 130+ music books that sold over a million copies. Not only was he president of the A J Showalter Music Company of Dalton, GA, but also of the Showalter-Patton Company of Dallas, TX, two of the largest music publishing houses in the American south. He was a choir leader and an elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Dalton (and his daughter, Essie, played the organ there). He managed his fruit farm, looking after nearly 20,000 trees , of which 15,000 are the famous Georgia Elberta peaches, the rest being apples, plums, pecans, and a dozen other varieties of peaches. He was also a stockholder and director of the Cherokee Lumber Company of Dalton, GA, furnishing building materials to a large trade in many southern, central and eastern states. He died in Chattanooga, TN, and is buried in Dalton, GA. He loved hymns, and kept up with many of his students over the years, writing them letters of counsel and encouragement. In 2000 Showalter was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Note: Showalter received two letters one evening from former music students, both of who were grieving over the death of their wives. He had heard a sermon about the arms of Moses being held up during battle, and managed to form a tune and refrain for a hymn, but struggled to find words for the verses that fit. He wrote to his friend in OH, Rev Elisha Hoffman, who had already composed many hymns and asked if he could write some lyrics, which he gladly did.

John Perry

Wikipedia Biography

Anthony Johnson Showalter (May 1, 1858 – September 14, 1924) was an American gospel music composer, teacher and publisher. He was born in Cherry Grove, Virginia. Showalter was trained in the Ruebush-Kieffer School of Music and was teaching in shape note singing schools by age fourteen. In 1884, he formed the Showalter Music Company of Dalton, Georgia. He was also an elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Dalton. Showalter authored several rudimentary books on music theory and a book on harmony and song composition. These were widely used in singing schools across the South.

Texts by A. J. Showalter (235)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
A little while longer to hopeAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Amid the strain and stress of life, amid its toil, amid its strifeAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English4
Are you ready for the Bridegroom should He come todayAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English4
Are you ready for the call of your LordAnthony J. Showalter (Author)3
Are you seeking some soul out of Christ today?A. J. S. (Author)English3
Are you walking in the light of the gospel?Anthony J. Showalter (Author)English4
Are your sins forgiven? Are they washed away?A. J. Showalter (Author)English3
Away, away, into the harvest fieldA. J. Showalter (Author)English2
Be glad, little childrenAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English1
Beautiful faith that will lead usAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English2
Blessed Redeemer, I'd live for theeAnthony J. Showalter (Author)4
By and by, O weary brotherAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
By and by, we'll meet with allAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Christ hath redeemed us from bondage and sinAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English5
Come across the line, my brotherAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Come, come to the Savior, still halting art thouAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Come from thy bondageAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Come, let us join in a sing of grateful praiseAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Come to Jesus while you may, Come to him without delayAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Dear children, the Shepherd is calling todayAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English2
Dear friends, we come at lastAnthony J. Showalter (Author)3
Dear Savior, I come to thee from sin's vile bondageAnthony J. Showalter (Author)5
Dear Savior, I would come to Thee, come to Thee, come to TheeAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English6
Done is the work of the day and the yearA. J. Showalter (Author)English2
Don't you want to go to the landAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Down in the valley I meet with my SaviorA. J. Showalter (Author)English2
Draw me, my Savior, closer to TheeAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English5
Es kommt die Nacht, die Wetter nah'nAnthony J. Showalter (Author)German2
Eternity is drawing nearer, brotherAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English8
Evening bells are chantingAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English3
Fellow traveler through this valeAnthony J. Showalter (Author)3
For thy name's sake leadAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Friends gone before will be there to greet usA. J. S. (Author)English3
Glory to God, who reigns on highAnthony J. Showalter (Author)3
God make my life a little light Within the world to glowAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English7
God wants me to be goodA. J. Showalter (Author)English2
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah to the God aboveA. J. S. (Author)English2
Hallelujah, the glory of heavenAnthony J. Showalter (Author)6
Hear the bells of heaven ringingAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Hear the earnest invitation of today, Come to Jesus, sinner, come without delayAnthony J. Showalter (Author)3
Hear the Savior sweetly saying, Come to me, come to meA. J. S. (Author)English4
Hear the sweet voice of the Savior so trueAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English3
Heavenly Father, guide me in the way of lifeAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Heavenly Father, hear meAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Here am I, send me whither Thou wouldst have meAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English4
Here are trials and temptationsAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Here our stay is transient, sorrows oft betideAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Holding the hand of my Savior divineAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English3
How sweet the thought of childhood daysAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
I am in the blessed way, going to that land of dayAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English3
I am praising my Savior and KingA. J. S. (Author)English3
I do not know how far from shoreA. J. Showalter (Author)English2
I glory in the cross of ChristAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English1
I have read the wondrous story of the LambAnthony J. Showalter (Author)4
I will follow where my Savior leadsAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English3
If singing God's praises brings joy to the soulA. J. S. (Author)English4
I'm drifting no more on the treacherousAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
I'm on my way to realms above, The land of light and loveA. J. Showalter (Author)English5
I'm saved by grace through the blood of the LambAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
I'm saved by the blood of the Crucified One, And kept by the power of God's blessed SonA. J. S. (Author)English15
In every condition of life there is joyA. J. S. (Author)English2
In psalms and hymnsAnthony J. Showalter (Author)3
In that bright land to which we goAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
In that coming great reunion over on the other shoreA. J. Showalter (Author)English2
In that home above, happy homeAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
In that land beyond the skies, Where no sorrows ever comeA. J. S. (Author)English2
In that land of light and loveAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
In the battle of life we'll go forth todayAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English4
In the blessed service of Christ my Lord and KingA. J. Showalter (Author)English3
In the glory way to heaven I am goingAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English3
In the morning of life We will seek our father's faceAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
In the name of Christ, our LordAnthony J. Showalter (Author)3
In the resurrection morning At the coming of the KingAnthony J. Showalter (Author)3
In the vineyard of the Lord, There is work for all to do (Showalter)Anthony J. Showalter (Author)English2
In the vineyard of the Lord, trustingAnthony J. Showalter (Author)4
In this world of sore temptationAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
In those mansions of the blest, where the weary find sweet restA. J. Showalter (Author)English2
I've found in the Lord the Redeemer I soughtAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English3
I've found the peace my heartAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English2
I've read of a city whose streets are of goldAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Jesus died on Calvary, Praise his nameAnthony J. Showalter (Author)3
Jesus is calling, is calling today (Showalter)Anthony J. Showalter (Author)English2
Jesus is gracious and ready to blessAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Jesus, lover of my soul, Let me to Thy bosom flyAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English6
Jesus sought me when astrayA. J. S. (Author)English3
Joy and gladness fills my happyAnthony J. Showalter (Author)3
Just to trust and obeyAnthony J. Showalter (Author)3
Let the Savior's name exalted be todayA. J. Showalter (Author)English2
Let your light so shine, says the book divineAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Listen to the Savior's wordsAnthony J. Showalter (Author)3
Little beams of brightness, Little gems of loveAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English1
Lo Jesus patiently knocks at the doorA. J. S. (Author)English14
Lord Jesus, come in love and powerAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Love is the theme of our songAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Lovingly Jesus speaks to your heartA. J. Showalter (Author)English3
Making melody and sweet harmonyA. J. S. (Author)English2
Many are the homes that are dark tonightAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English11
Many are those mansions brightAnthony J. Showalter (Author)5
Millions now are on the way to Canaan's happy shoreA. J. S. (Author)English4
Morning's ruddy beam, Tints the eastern skyAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English1
My heart is filled with wondrous joy todayAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
My heart is full of song todayAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Never alone, no, never aloneAnthony J. Showalter (Author)3
No gloomy shadows over yonderAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English4
O be ready when the Bridegroom comesAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English6
O how sweet to trust in JesusAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
O I am so happy in Jesus, my LordAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
O let the blessed sunshine inAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
O Lord of hosts, we give Thee praiseA. J. Showalter (Author)English2
O, sing to God in joyful lays!A. J. S. (Author)English2
O the blessing of a heart made pureA. J. Showalter (Author)English2
O the glory that awaits usAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
O to be like Him! O to be like Him!Anthony J. Showalter (Author)English4
O what glory all transcendentAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
O where is there cleansing for my sinAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
O wondrous is the message from God's own holy wordA. J. S. (Author)English2
O happy day, that fixed my choiceA. J. S. (Author)English1
O I know not if purer I'll beA. J. Showalter (Author)English2
On the cross of Calvary Jesus gave His life for meA. J. S. (Author)English3
Once the days were dark and drear for meAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English4
Once there came to earth the Savior of the lostA. J. Showalter (Author)English2
One by one, our friends are going on beforeAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English8
Onward, Christians onward, going up to gloryA. J. Showalter (Author)English2
Onward, onward haste, ye Christian soldiersAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Open the windows of heaven (Showalter)Anthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Open wide the windows of your soul todayA. J. S. (Author)English2
Out on life's broad ocean sailingAnthony J. Showalter (Author)4
Out on the mountains bleakAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Pilgrims and strangers over earth now we strayA. J. Showalter (Author)English2
Pilgrims here below, through this vale we goAnthony J. Showalter (Author)3
Poor and helpless, Lord, I comeA. J. Showalter (Author (Chorus))English1
Praise him, praise him, praise the CreatorAnthony J. Showalter (Author)6
Praise the Redeemer, praise yeAnthony J. Showalter (Author)3
Praise ye the Lord, O praise (Showalter)Anthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Que consolação tem meu coraçãoAnthony Johnson Showalter (Author (refrain))Portuguese2
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, In songs of praise your voices raiseAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English2
Rejoice, your names are written in heavenA. J. Showalter (Author)English2
Savior, in Thy mercy, hear us bless us while we prayAnthony J. Showalter (Author)3
Savior, may we give our hearts to TheeAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English13
Search me, O God, and know my heart, Try every thought each dayAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English2
Send the gospel news todayAnthony J. Showalter (Author)4
Sing praises to God for his mercyAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Sing we now of home, happy, happy homeAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English1
So near the kingdom of lifeAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Some day I shall waken in gloryAnthony J. Showalter (Author)3
Somewhere beyond this vale of tears and sorrowA. J. S. (Author)English2
Songs, happy songs we would render to TheeA. J. Showalter (Author)English2
Songs of joy and gladness, beautiful songs we singAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English2
Songs of joy and gladness fill my soul todayAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English2
Sunward turn your facesAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Sweet the moments, rich in blessingA. J. S. (Author (Chorus))English20
The blessed way the Master taught to allA. J. S. (Author)English2
The light of the world is Jesus! It shines with a radiance beaming so brightAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English18
The Lord has promised good to me (Showalter)Anthony J. Showalter (Author)3
The Lord is my Shepherd (Evilsizer)Anthony J. Showalter (Author)1
The Lord is now my Shepherd (Showalter)Anthony J. Showalter (Author)2
The Lord omnipotent shall reignAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English3
The night is dark, the winds are strongAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English2
The Savior is pleading for your soulAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
The shadows of evening draw nighA. J. S. (Author)English2
There are mansions prepared for the peopleAnthony J. Showalter (Author)3
There are sorrows and sighing and hearts that are soreA. J. Showalter (Author)English2
There is a fountain opened wide, To wash away all sinAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
There is a full salvationAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
There is a land mine eye hath seenA. J. S. (Author (Refrain))English2
There is cleansing in Jesus' bloodA. J. S. (Author)English4
There is full salvation offeredAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
There is sunlight on the hillsAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
There will be a glad reunion on the other shoreAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
There will be no dark valley when I am called to goAnthony J. Showalter (Author)3
There will come a happy time in the glorious by and byAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English3
There's a bright blessed home up in heavenA. J. Showalter (Author)English2
There's a heavenly Stranger standing at the doorA. J. Showalter (Author)English4
There's a land of light and love up thereA. J. Showalter (Author)English2
There's a land that is fairer than day, Will you meet me, will you meet me there?A. J. S. (Arranger)English2
There's a message sweet and wonderful that rings the earth aroundA. J. Showalter (Author)English2
They shall gather at last from all nationsAnthony J. Showalter (Author)3
This is the day when salvation is nighAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
This world is not my resting place, Heaven's my home, Heaven's my homeAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English10
Though at times you may feel discouragedA. J. Showalter (Author)English4
Though dark the night of sin and sorrow here belowAnthony J. Showalter (Author)4
Though I have strayed in paths of sinAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English4
Though I wandered long in darknessAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English2
Thy Father hath prepared a feastA. J. S. (Author)English4
Time is flying, men are dyingAnthony J. Showalter (Author)3
Tired of the world with its sinAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
To the new Jerusalem preparedAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
To the work, to the work (Showalter)Anthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Trusting in Jesus for lifeAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Walking and talking with Jesus each dayA. J. Showalter (Author)English4
We are on our way to that land of dayAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
We are on our way to the realms of day, Marching home, we're marching homeA. J. S. (Author)English7
We are on the march to the promised landAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
We are pressing on in the work of lifeA. J. Showalter (Author)English3
We are sailing on to the Promised LandA. J. S. (Author)English2
We are straying pilgrimsAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
We are toilers in the vineyard, Working for the Lord each dayAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English3
We are toiling today while beamsAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
We are traveling to a better landA. J. S. (Author)English40
We lay our burdens, All down at Jesus' feetA. J. S. (Author)English3
Weary sinner, longing for restAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
We're a happy band on the march to Canaan's landA. J. Showalter (Author)English3
We're a sunshine band of workers for the LordA. J. Showalter (Author)English2
We're bound for gloryland on highA. J. S. (Author)English16
We're living in hopes of a blessed rewardAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
We're marching to Zion (Chorus)Anthony J. Showalter (Author)English2
We're on the road to realms of lightA. J. S. (Author)English2
We're pilgrims bound for the "Glory-land"A. J. Showalter (Author)English2
We're sailing o'er an ocean wideAnthony J. Showalter (Author)1
What a fellowship, what a joy divineAnthony J. Showalter (Author (refrain))English2
What fellowship today is mineAnthony J. Showalter (Author)4
When earth's labors are over, and I rest on the shoreAnthony Johnson Showalter (Author)English4
When that great illustrious day shall comeAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English3
When the toiler homeward wendsAnthony J. Showalter (Author)3
When the trials of life here are endedA. J. Showalter (Author)English3
When the weary toil of this lifeAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
When this toilsome life is o'er (Showalter)Anthony J. Showalter (Author)English5
When thy heart with love isAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
When we gather round the throne, there to know as we are knownA. J. S. (Author)English3
When we reach that royal city (Showalter)Anthony J. Showalter (Author)3
When we've run the race with patience in this sinful world belowA. J. Showalter (Author)English2
Where is your hope, my brotherAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
While as pilgrims here we meet with sorrow common to us allA. J. Showalter (Author)English2
While we yet were sinnersAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Why not heed to the call of mercyAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Wide open stands the gateAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
With earnest endeavor for ChristAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
With Jesus by my side each dayAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English3
With our hearts aglow we will onward goA. J. S. (Author)English2
Witnessing for JesusAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Wonderful love of my wonderful Friend!A. J. S. (Author)English2
Wonderful the storyAnthony J. Showalter (Author)2
Work for the Lord, young ChristiansAnthony J. Showalter (Author)3
Ye who wander in sin no longerA. J. S. (Author)English4
You would have your sins forgivenAnthony J. Showalter (Author)English3

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