James McGranahan was born near Adamsville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, on 4 July 1840, and he was the son of George McGranahan and his wife Jane Blair, both of whom were the children of Ulster-Scots emigrants.
Far, far away, in heathen darkness dwelling,
Millions of souls forever may be lost;
Who, who will go, salvation’s story telling,
Looking to Jesus, heeding not the cost?
“All pow’r is given unto Me,
All pow’r is given unto Me,
Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel,
And lo, I am with you always.”
McGranahan was also a pioneer in the use of the male choir in gospel song. He was the first person to publish a book of gospel songs exclusively for male voices and through his innovation the male choir and male quartet became a feature of evangelism.