KAISER, Kurt Frederick. b. Chicago, 17 December 1934. Kaiser grew up in a family that loved hymns; his father Otto was chairman of a Plymouth Brethren hymnbook committee. Kurt was educated at The American Conservatory of Music, Chicago, and Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (BM, 1958, MM, 1959). A gifted pianist, composer, arranger, and record producer, he was associated with Word Music in Waco, Texas from 1959 to 1989. Kaiser was a founding member and Deacon in the Seventh and James Baptist Church at Waco. He has composed some 60 hymn texts and tunes, including ‘O how he loves you and me’* and ‘It only takes a spark’* (‘Pass it on’), a number of which are included in his youth...
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