Born: Jan­u­a­ry 7, 1868, Lake­hurst, New Jer­sey.

Died: March 10, 1946, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Buried: Hill­crest Me­mor­i­al Park, Sew­ell, New Jer­sey.

Pseudonym: A. A. Payn.

Miles at­tende­d the Phil­a­del­phia Coll­ege of Phar­ma­cy and the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­van­ia. In 1892, he aban­don­ed his ca­reer as a phar­ma­cist and wrote his first Gos­pel song, “List ’Tis Je­sus’ Voice” which was pub­lished by the Hall-Mack Com­pa­ny. He served as ed­i­tor and man­a­ger at the Hall-Mack pub­lish­ers for 37 years. In his own words:

It is as a writ­er of gos­pel songs I am proud to be known, for in that way I may be of the most use to my Mas­ter, whom I serve will­ing­ly al­though not as ef­fi­cient­ly as is my de­sire.



  1. All Alone
  2. Answering Thy Call (© 1934)
  3. City of Refuge, The (© 1943)
  4. Decision
  5. Dwelling in Beulah Land
  6. He Is Mine
  7. He’s Able and Willing
  8. I Have a Friend (© 1948)
  9. I Love to Think of Jesus
  10. If Jesus Goes with Me
  11. In Thee Do I Live (© 1938)
  12. I’m Going There
  13. In the Garden
  14. Look for Me!
  15. Love, Mercy and Grace (© 1938)
  16. New Name in Glory, A
  17. Wide, Wide as the Ocean
  18. Win Them One by One


  1. Somebody’s Praying for You (© 1935)
  2. Still Sweeter Every Day
  3. To Victory