February 6

Best Loved Hymns VIII: Mansion Over the Hilltop

Because I haven’t heard this played for quite some time, here’s a Southern Gospel song written by Ira Stanphill in 1949.

“Mansion Over the Hilltop” by Dailey & Vincent

This duo’s harmony never disappoints. By listening to them, you’ll get to love and appreciate the song more. Hence, they’re among the Gospel singers we love to feature.

The Songwriter
Best Loved Hymns VIII: Mansion Over the Hilltop 1
Ira Forest Stanphill (February 14, 1914 – December 30, 1993)

A gifted musician, he was already composing songs at age 17. In fact, he wrote over 550 gospel songs in his lifetime. Added to his being active in crusades, revivals and tent meetings, people across the country were much familiar with his name. In 1981, he was inducted into the GMA Hall of Fame. Two years later, his autobiography, This Side of Heaven, got published. At his departure from this world, his remains were buried in Johnson County Chapel and Memorial Gardens in Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas.

The Inspiration behind the Hymn

It’s a from a story by evangelist Bro. Gene Martin. He was preaching at Bethel Temple Assembly of God Church in Oak Cliff, Texas. He talked about a wealthy man on the verge of bankruptcy. One day, he was driving through the countryside and as he passed by, he took notice of one house. It was shabby and in need of major repair. In its front yard was an 8- year old girl playing. He stopped and talked to her about their poor condition. Surprisingly, the girl blurted that her dad just inherited a fortune. They’ll have a mansion built over the hill, soon.

That same day that Bro. Martin preached, Mr. Stanphill wrote “Mansion Over the Hilltop” and sang it in the evening.

Note: For more hymns by Mr. Stanphill, readers are welcome to suggest in the comment section. Thanks



bluegrass, gospel, hymn, Ira Stanphill

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