Asa B. Everett (1828-1875)
Born: 1828, Virginia.
Died: September 1875, near Nashville, Tennessee.
Everett originally planned to be a doctor, but went into music instead. He studied in Boston, Massachusetts, and Leipzig, Germany. He wrote many Gospel songs, and edited The Sceptre (New York: Biglow & Main, 1871). His brothers were also composers, Benjamin Holden Everett and Leonard C. Everett.
His compositions include:
Beyond This Land of Parting
Footprints of Jesus
Hark, the Gentle Voice
Loved One, Farewell
There’s a Fountain Free
Who at My Door is Standing?
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Arranger: John J. Overholt
John J. Overholt was born to an Amish family of limited means in the state of Ohio in 1918. As a child he was soon introduced to his father's personal collection of gospel songs and hymns, which was to have a marked influence on his later life. With his twin brother Joe, he early was exposed to the Amish-Mennonite tradition of hymn singing and praising worship.
An early career in Christian service led to a two-year period of relief work in the country of Poland following World War II. During that interim he began to gather many European songs and hymns as a personal hobby, not realizing that these selections would become invaluable to The Christian Hymnary which was begun in 1960 and completed twelve years later in 1972, with a compilati… Go to person page >