October 14, 1881, Morgantown, Kentucky.
January 1, 1973, Uvalde, Texas.
Uvalde Cemetery, Uvalde, Texas.
Austin was the son of Garrard Banks Taylor and Susan Holloway, and husband of Augusta Barbara Jerger.
In 1890, his family moved to Sherman, Texas, where he studied music.
Taylor first taught in a singing school at age 18, and published his first song book in 1905. He was active as a song leader for Churches of Christ in the south and southwest United States, wrote 200 songs, published two dozen of his own song books, and worked as an editor for the Firm Foundation Company in Austin, Teas. He also served at the Texas Normal Singing School in Sabinal, Texas, for 27 years, retiring in 1972. His works include:
- The Gospel Messenger, 1905
- New Songs of Victory, 1911
- Song Crown, 1912
- Be Sowing the Seed
- Call from the Islands, The
- Closer to Thee
- Come, and I Will Give You Rest
- Do All in the Name of the Lord
- For Christ and the Church We Voice Our Love
- Forth to the Field
- Have You Drifted Away from Mother?
- Hold to the Savior’s Hand
- He’s More Than All This World to Me
- Home on the Banks of the River
- I Want to Be Like Him
- Jesus Is All in All
- Jesus Is Strong and Able to Save
- Jesus, Savior, Keep Me Holy
- Keep the Gospel Message Rolling On
- Listen, Sinner, Someone’s at the Door
- Living in the Sunlight
Lost, Is the Cry from the Mountain Steps
- Love of Jesus Reaches Down, The
- Nearer and Dearer Is Jesus to Me
- On the Rock of Ages
- On the Sun Bright Road of Calvary
- One by One
- Peace in My Soul
- Prepare to Meet Thy God
- Rejoice and Sing
- Safely the Ninety and Nine Are Sheltered
- Sinner, Is Your Heart Weary?
- Some Cloudless Morning We Shall Rise
- There’s a Work for Every Christian
- When My Work on Earth Is Done
- When the Morning Dawns of the Judgment Day
- Will You Take the Gospel There?