Christian and Gospel MIDI Song Files
A list of the best web sites hosting MIDI files for gospel and Christian music, mostly free downloads.
You can turn any of these files into free sheet music with easy-to-use sheet music software.
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary - This source provides a number of complete hymnals for different Christian denominations, one MIDI file per each hymn in each hymnal. It is amazing that there are complete hymnals available like this in MIDI format.
The Hymns of Charles Wesley - These hymns from The United Methodist Hymnal are presented in a clear, easily-used format. Click on the name of a hymn to see the words for all the verses. Then click on "Listen to the Music" to download the MIDI file of the melody.
American Spirituals and Sacred Harp Music - This small collection is part of the Public Domain Music library.
Hymns, Gospel Songs, and Spirituals - This page has Frank Petersohn's collection of Christian songs with words and melodies. By default the songs are sorted by first lines. Below the colored navigation bar, notice the link text "to switch a Melody Title Sort". Click it to list the songs by title.
The Cyber Hymnal - This large site has MIDI files and lyrics for over 4800 hymns from all denominations. On the home page, click on the "Titles" button to search for a title via an alphabetical index. You can also search by "Tune Name" and also Meter (rhythm). When you reach the page for the hymn that you would like to download, click on the word "MIDI" after the name of the song's composer.
Hymns to Enjoy - This site has dozens of MIDI files of hymns to download. The complexities of the arrangements vary, as they are contributed by several different musicians. You can find out who sequenced most arrangements by clicking on the blue ball at the end of the title.
HymnSite.com - On this home page, use the Hymn Search feature or click the Hymn Index button on the left of the screen. The index can be listed alphabetically or numerically on the left hand side of this page. Click on a title to access the page for that hymn. On the page for each hymn, scroll down the page past the lyrics. Click on Plain MIDI or one of the instruments listed beside Plain MIDI to retrieve a MIDI file, or use other links for hymn texts and piano sheet music.
Spirituals- This web site contains arrangements of a number of Negro spirituals. "These songs could be heard out in the cotton fields of the Old South, being sung by the plantation slaves, or in the evenings coming from their shanty homes." Just click on the song title to download the MIDI file. If your machine plays the song, then try right-clicking the song title to save the MIDI file to disk.
MIDI Christian Music - Part of Tim Drinkard's website, this page has a variety of traditional Christian music MIDI files, some with multiple arrangements. Arranged alphabetically, you can download the files by clicking the titles.
Mass Settings - On this page, which is part of Tim Drinkard's Christian MIDI music site, he has original musical settings for various masses. Click on the title to download the .mid file.
Laura's MIDI Heaven / Spirituals - This portion of Laura's extensive MIDI file site has hymns and other songs, such as chants and spirituals, listed by song titles.
Fill My Life With Praise - This well-done site by Clyde McLennan has original arrangements of some standards, as well as arrangements done of scripture passages, all done in a jazz style. Clyde has MIDI files available either singly or all of the files in a .zip format. To get the .zip file of all the songs, scroll down the home page until you see the MIDI connector icon, with the text "Midi/All Midi files" and click it to download the entire MIDI collection. Or, you can continue down the home page to the song titles, where you'll find links to individual song pages. These pages have the lyrics (which are included in the MIDI files) printed, as well as the individual MIDI file for download.
Music Resources for Smaller Churches - Another very useful site by Clyde McLennan, designed for "[b]acking files for congregational and small group singing. All files can be downloaded freely for Church use." The songs on this page are listed alphabetically, with the various file types listed in the right-hand columns. The MIDI sequences for these files are designed to provide both the printed sheet music for choral or other performance use (Notation Musician or Composer work extremely well for this), as well as for recording for performance "backing tracks." Simply click on the button for the song that is located in the "Midi" column ("Karaoke" row) and choose "Save..." to download the file.
Higher Praise - This web site is at first disorienting, but overlook the flashing and error messages, and click the 'speaker icons' to search through categories of MIDI files, such as "Praise and Worship", "Hymn", and "Children". There are a couple thousand worship MIDI files here.
Christian Hymnals - This web page contains a great aggregation of hymns from numerous denominational hymnals, all organized by topics such as "Worship", "God", "church", "life", etc.
Southern Harmony and Musical Companion OnLine - This well-organized site is part of the CCEL (Christian Classics Ethereal Library) collection. You can search for and find a sequence either by tune name, first line, composer or meter. When the search results are displayed, click on the result you wish to review. You will then see a facsimile of the original shape-note score and will be able to download a MIDI file of the song.
With the shutdown of GeoCities, a number of excellent webpages which hosted MIDI files have been lost. If you know of the new location for a website that once was here, please let us know about it!