Inductees Archive

Charles H. Gabriel

Charles H. Gabriel was born in Iowa, August 18, 1856. At the age of 17, he started out to hold singing classes and institutes throughout the Southern, Western, and Northern states. He later located in California, where he was recognized as the leading composer on the coast. Mr. Gabriel has been recognized as a leading writer of music for Sunday Schools and evangelistic meetings, his songs being found in almost every book that is issued. His first sacred song success, “Send The Light”, is recognized as one of the best missionary songs extant, while scores of others, among which are: “Let The Sunshine In”, “Calling The Prodigal”, “The Way Of The Cross Leads Home”, etc. have large popularity. His “Glory Song” is no doubt the most popular song he ever wrote. It has been translated into at least seventeen languages. Mr. Gabriel was also a prolific writer of anthems. In no field, perhaps, has he done more brilliant work than in cantatas for children, both libretto and music. There was probably no composer in the land who had more friends among music writers, both famous and obscure, than Mr. Gabriel.


Induction Year




Wilton, Iowa


Publishing Company

Rodeheaver Hall-Mack Company


Significant Songs/Hymns

  • “Glory Song” (Songwriter)
  • “Send the Light” (Songwriter)
  • “I Stand Amazed in the Presence” (Songwriter)



Gaither Homecoming singing of “I Stand Amazed”