De­cem­ber 14, 1864, Giles Coun­ty, Ten­nes­see.

Feb­ru­a­ry 9, 1941, Law­rence­burg, Ten­nes­see.

Mi­mo­sa Ce­me­te­ry, Law­rence­burg, Ten­nes­see.


James was the son of George Vaugh­an and Eli­za Han­nah Shores, and hus­band of Jen­nie Eliz­a­beth Free­mon.

In 1883, he be­came a mu­sic stu­dent at the Rue­bush-Kief­fer Nor­mal School. He lat­er formed a sing­ing quar­tet with his broth­ers Charles, John and Will.

He then worked as a teach­er, but event­u­al­ly moved to Law­rence­burg, Ten­nes­see, where he found­ed the James D. Vaugh­an Mu­sic Pub­lish­ing Com­pa­ny. In 1910, he hit the road with the South­ern Gos­pel Quar­tet to pro­mote his song books. The move was huge­ly suc­cess­ful—the com­pa­ny’s sales dou­bled the next year, to 60,000 vol­umes.

In 1911, Vaugh­an formed the Vaugh­an School of Mu­sic. In 1921, he ex­pand­ed his com­pa­ny with Vaugh­an Pho­no­graph Rec­ords. He la­ter opened branch of­fic­es in Ar­kan­sas, Mis­sis­sip­pi, South Ca­ro­li­na, and Tex­as. The man­ag­er of the Jack­sonv­ille, Tex­as, of­fice, Vir­gil O. Stamps, would go on to form the Stamps/Bax­ter Mu­sic Com­pa­ny.

Vaughan was in­duct­ed in­to the South­ern Gos­pel Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion Hall of Fame in 1997. His works in­clude:

  1. All for Christ, the Sav­ior
  2. All Glory to Je­sus
  3. Beautiful Home Some­where
  4. Bless Our School To­day
  5. Blessed Are They
  6. Did You Ever Go Down?
  7. Don’t You Want to Go?
  8. Fountain of Life and Light
  9. Gathering Sheaves in Life’s Great Har­vest
  10. Golden Hours Are Pass­ing By
  11. Good-By
  12. Gospel Chimes
  13. He Will Hear and An­swer
  14. Here We Have a Time of Sor­row
  15. Homeward Sail­ing
  16. How Sweet It Will Be
  17. I Have Read in God’s Word
  18. I Need the Pray­ers
  19. I Will Meet My Pre­cious Mo­ther
  20. If the End of the World Were To­day
  21. I’ll Fly Away Home
  22. I’m on My Jour­ney Home
  23. Judgment Day, The
  24. Just One Way to the Gate
  25. Let Him In
  26. Let Me Tra­vel Along
  27. Mother, Home and Hea­ven
  28. My Dear, Hap­py Home
  29. My Loved Ones Are Wait­ing for Me
  30. O Won­der­ful Cross
  31. On Hea­ven’s Bright Shore
  32. On the Res­ur­rec­tion Morn­ing
  33. Our Sav­ior Is Com­ing
  34. Silver Cord of Life, The
  35. Sinner, the Sav­ior Is Plead­ing
  36. Sweet Hea­ven
  37. Tell the Bless­ed Tid­ings
  38. There’s No De­pres­sion in Hea­ven
  39. Till He Comes in the Air for Me
  40. We All Can Meet in Hea­ven
  41. Will You Ga­ther the Gold­en Sheaves?
  42. Will You Meet Mo­ther?
  43. Wonderful Love
  1. Barkingside
  2. Do You Know Him?
  3. He’s My King
  4. I Feel Like Tra­vel­ing On
  5. If the End of the World Were Today
  6. Lead Me, Shep­herd