Ju­ly 22, 1886, Hef­lin, Lou­i­si­a­na.

Sep­tem­ber 7, 1952, Bry­son Ci­ty, North Ca­ro­li­na, in an au­to ac­ci­dent.

Wood­lawn Me­mor­ial Park, Nash­ville, Ten­nes­see.


Baylus was the son of James Cal­vin McKin­ney and Mar­tha An­nis Hef­lin.

He at­tend­ed Mount Le­ba­non Acad­e­my, Lou­i­si­a­na; Lou­i­si­a­na College, Pine­ville, Lou­i­si­a­na; South­wes­tern Bapt­ist Seminary, Fort Worth, Tex­as; Sie­gel-My­ers Cor­res­pon­dence School of Mu­sic, Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois (BM 1922); and the Bush Con­ser­va­to­ry of Mu­sic, Chi­ca­go. Ok­la­ho­ma Bap­tist Un­i­ver­si­ty award­ed him an hon­or­a­ry Doc­tor of Mu­sic de­gree in 1942.

McKinney served as mu­sic ed­it­or at the Ro­bert H. Col­eman com­pa­ny in Dal­las, Texas (1918–35). In 1919, af­ter sev­er­al months in the ar­my, Mc­Kin­ney re­turned to Fort Worth, where Ish­am E. Rey­nolds asked him to join the fa­cu­lty of the School of Sac­red Mu­sic at South­west­ern Bap­tist The­o­lo­gi­cal Sem­in­a­ry.

He taught at the sem­in­a­ry un­til 1932, then pas­tored in at the Tra­vis Av­e­nue Bap­tist Church in Fort Worth (1931–35). In 1935, McKin­ney be­came mu­sic ed­it­or for the Bap­tist Sun­day School Board in Nash­ville, Ten­nes­see.

McKinney wrote words and mu­sic for about 150 songs, and mu­sic for 115 more. His works in­clude:

  1. All on the Al­tar
  2. Always with Us
  3. Ashamed of Jesus
  4. At Ev­en­tide
  5. Be Ye Do­ers of the Word
  6. Because of You
  7. Bible, The
  8. Blessed Be the Name
  9. Breathe on Me
  10. Calling You Home
  11. Christ Liv­eth in Me
  12. Come un­to Him and Rest
  13. Crimson Cal­vary An­swers, No
  14. Draw Near
  15. Everlasting Arms Are Un­de­rneath, The
  16. Everything’s All Right
  17. Follow the Gleam
  18. For Me
  19. Forgive
  20. Friend of Mine, A
  21. Glorious Is Thy Name
  22. Glory Be to God
  23. God, Give Us Chris­tian Homes!
  24. God Loved the World
  25. Have Faith in God
  26. He Lift­ed Me Up to Stay
  27. He Lives on High
  28. Heir of God’s Grace, An
  29. Holy Spir­it, Like the Dew
  30. How Do I Know?
  31. I Can See the Lights of Home
  32. I Know the Bi­ble Is True
  33. I Was Glad When They Said
  34. In the Old-Time Way
  35. In Thy Ho­ly Tem­ple
  36. Keep on Pray­ing
  37. Knocking at the Door
  38. Lead On, Lead On
  39. Let Go and Let God
  40. Let Oth­ers See Je­sus in You
  41. Let the Tide Come In
  42. Lift Me Up to Thee
  43. List to the Voice
  44. Look for the Sil­ver Lin­ing
  45. Lord, Lay Some Soul up­on My Heart
  46. Lord, Send a Re­viv­al
  47. Love Sings a Song in My Heart
  48. Man of Sor­rows
  49. Many Man­sions, The
  50. My Pray­er
  51. Nail Scarred Hand, The
  52. Nearer Home
  53. ’Neath the Old Ol­ive Trees
  54. New Birth, The
  55. No One Seemed to Care
  56. O God Eter­nal
  57. Old Road, The
  58. One Door
  59. Onward
  60. Our Dear­est Friend
  61. Over the Line
  62. Praise Ye Je­ho­vah
  63. Pray Your Trou­bles Away
  64. Prayer Chang­es Things
  65. Rainbow with the Rain, The
  66. Satisfied with Je­sus
  67. Send a Great Re­vi­val
  68. Send the Old-Time Pow­er
  69. Serve the Lord with Glad­ness
  70. Since His Love Came Shin­ing Through
  71. Somebody Needs Your Love
  72. Speak to My Heart
  73. Sunshine of My Heart, The
  74. Take Up Thy Cross and Fol­low Me
  75. Talk it All Over with Je­sus
  76. Tarry Ye Here
  77. Thy Will Be Done!
  78. Unfold, Ye Por­tals
  79. Waiting for the Sun­rise
  80. What Will You Do with Je­sus?
  81. When the Morn­ing Comes
  82. Wherever He Leads I’ll Go
  83. Whisper a Prayer
  84. World Is Dying for Love, The
  1. Christ for the Whole Wide World!
  2. Christian Home, The
  3. Crowned or Crucified
  4. Glory Be to God
  5. Touch Me, Lord Jesus
  6. Upper Room, The