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Frances (Fanny) Jane Crosby

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Frances Jane Crosby (March 24, 1820 – February 12, 1915)

Also credited as Fanny Crosby

Biography

Frances Jane (Fanny) Crosby was a composer of some of the most beloved hymns ever written. She wrote more than 8,000 songs during her lifetime despite being blind most of her life. She was also a well-known public speaker and preacher.

She was born in Putnam County, New York. While still an infant, she became ill and the resulting treatment led to her blindness. Many years later, while attending the New York School for the Blind, she learned to play the piano and the guitar. She also had a talent for poetry. She eventually combined these talents as a songwriter. Though most of her songs were hymns, she wrote many popular songs as well. Her most famous composition may be the hymn Blessed Assurance, which is featured in the hymnals of many denominations and has been recorded by artists in many genres of music.

Awards

GMA Hall Of Fame (1975)
SGMA Hall Of Fame (2014)

Songwriter's Résumé

(Partial List)

All The Way My Savior Leads Me
Blessed Assurance
Close To Thee
Draw Me Nearer
Give Me Jesus
He Hideth My Soul
I Am Thine O Lord
My Savior First Of All
Near The Cross
Pass Me Not
Praise Him
Praise The Lord
Redeemed How I Love To Proclaim It
Rescue The Perishing
Safe In The Arms Of Jesus
Saved By Grace
Tell Me The Story Of Jesus
To God Be The Glory

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