W. Elmo Mercer

W. Elmo MercerThe Zondervan Corporation, a leading international Christian publisher, has said that “Elmo Mercer is one of America’s favorite gospel songwriters and arrangers.” The Singing News calls him “one of the top ten great composers of gospel music and one of the most dominating forces in gospel music today.”

At the age of 19, Mercer composed “Each Step I Take”, his most well-known song which has been recorded by hundreds of artists in many languages, including Slim Whitman and George Beverly Shea. To date he has written over 1,600 songs and arranged thousands more for top singers, groups and publishers nationwide.

Mercer was church pianist for Park Avenue Baptist Church in Nashville for over 38 years. He still resides in Nashville today and is now leading music from the keyboard at Scottsboro Baptist Church.

Read more about Elmo Mercer in his Biography, and view his available CDs and songbooks.


Mercer writes a new patriotic song for our time

Read about this inspirational new song that Elmo Mercer started writing in November 2017.
You can now listen for yourself! In March 2018, it was officially released on a brand new CD! Contact Elmo to Order now! Only $12 (includes shipping).

Elmo Mercer’s Autobiography Available!

"Each Step I Take", W. Elmo Mercer's AutobiographyEach Step I Take is the life story of W. Elmo Mercer.
Every page is filled with interesting and humorous stories that detail his many fascinating journeys.
550 pages, soft cover

Part 1 – The Early Louisiana Years
Part 2 – The Move to Nashville
Part 3 – Our New Ministry

Price: $20  (free shipping)
Contact Elmo to order your copy today!


New Album Collections to Remember the Old

remembering-old-songs-cdRemembering the Old Songs (2-disc set)  Dec 2016
Elmo Mercer and Bill Salmon — 36 beloved hymns and southern gospel songs, including four medleys!
These classics feature piano along with full orchestration and backup vocals too. A listening CD that can also be used as an accompaniment track.

$25, includes shipping.

Southern Gospel Memories CD

Southern Gospel Memories (2-disc set)
A collection of many great Southern Gospel songs and hymns. Artists include Henry & Hazel Slaughter,
Jake Hess, Jeff Jeffrey, Marcia & Elmo Mercer, the Imperials, the Blackwood Brothers
and Jason Coleman (Floyd Cramer’s grandson). You will treasure this!

$20, plus $3 shipping/handling.


Four CDs, Recently Released!

$10 each, or 3 for $25!  (add $3 for shipping/handling)  Order your copies today.


Mo and Jeff - One More TimeMo & Jeff:  One More Time
Best friends Elmo Mercer and Jeff Jeffrey join forces once again to produce another
exceptional recording of a few of their greatest hits and best-known songs.

$10, plus $3 shipping/handling.

Hangin' Out with "Mo" - CD coverHangin’ Out with “Mo”
A fun recording of 11 of Elmo’s pop-country songs.
Several of Elmo’s friends joined him for this recording, on favorites like “Lonesome In My Saddle”,
“These Are The Blessings I Call Mine” and “Because Of Love.

$10, plus $3 shipping/handling.
The Elmo Mercer Songbook CD

The Elmo Mercer Songbook CD
This album again confirms Elmo Mercer’s place among the southern gospel greats.
A compilation of 
13 of Elmo’s songs, recorded by top artists such as The Oak Ridge Boys,
Bill Gaither Trio, The Cathedrals, The Rambos, and Speer Family.

$10, plus $3 shipping/handling.

The Other Side of W. Elmo MercerThe “Other Side” of W. Elmo Mercer
An instrumental collection of 15 Mercer compositions, orchestrated in a new style!
It can also double as a soundtrack for soloists, and song lyrics will be included.

$10, plus $3 shipping/handling.

Albums produced by Jeff Jeffrey of Simply Southern Gospel Music & Publishing


Collaborate with W. Elmo Mercer

Elmo would be glad to work with you on your next gospel music project. Read more about how you and he can work together!

Elmo’s Journey into Southern Gospel Music

A February 2014 article in Singing News magazine highlights Elmo Mercer’s storied past as a Southern Gospel composer, arranger and singer. Read more.


7 thoughts on “W. Elmo Mercer

  1. The days of the “Little Brotherhood Quartet” were fantastic. I still sing in the church choir, but gave up “stardom”. Truett Holcomb

    • Elmo and I and two others sang together in Winnfield, LA as “The Little Brotherhood Quartet”. It was an enjoyable time in my life and I hope in Elmo’s life too. Elmo was the pianist in my father’s church and I watched him writing some of his music while my father was preaching. Pretty good pianist too! He and Marcia have been friends for a LONG time. Tell him I said hi. Truett Holcomb

      • Truett – “Those were the days, my friend!” We almost got thrown out of the church with my jazzy arrangement of “Love Lifted Me”!!! Thanks for your kind words. WHS reunion is June 26-27, 2015. Hope to see you there…?

  2. After enjoying and singing your songs for many years I finally can put a face to your name. Tennessee State Gospel Singing Convention this weekend was a wonderful time of worshiping God in song. Your singing/playing was awesome. If I have the honor of seeing you at a sing again I will practice and will race with you. I am the one you walked down the hall along beside me and asked if I wanted to race.

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