[Before I came to Jesus]

[Before I came to Jesus]

Composer: E. O. Excell
Published in 6 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Composer: E. O. Excell

Edwin Othello Excel USA 1851-1921. Born at Uniontown, OH, he started working as a bricklayer and plasterer. He loved music and went to Chicago to study it under George Root. He married Eliza Jane “Jennie” Bell in 1871. They had a son, William, in 1874. A member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, he became a prominent publisher, composer, song leader, and singer of music for church, Sunday school, and evangelistic meetings. He founded singing schools at various locations in the country and worked with evangelist, Sam Jones, as his song leader for two decades. He established a music publishing house in Chicago and authored or composed over 2,000 gospel songs. While assisting Gypsy Smith in an evangelistic campaign in Louisville,… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: [Before I came to Jesus]
Composer: E. O. Excell
Incipit: 55517 21155 43666
Key: A♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain


Instances (1 - 6 of 6)
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Bethany Hymns #26


Coronation Hymns #91

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International Praise #18

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Make His Praise Glorious #49

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The New Praiseworthy #102

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Winona Hymns #86

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