I Opened My Mouth to the Lord
Austin A. Layne, Jr. 'The Man With the Velvet Voice' Mr. Austin Augustus Layne, Jr. was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the youngest son of the late Bishop Austin A. Layne, Sr., founder of the Temple Church of Christ in St. Louis, and the late Selena Alberta Layne. Mr. Layne is also the proud father of one daughter, Ingrid Selena Layne, of Richmond, California. He served honorably in the U.S. Army and was employed as a computer specialist for the U. S. Government. Currently, he is the founder and President of Austin A. Layne Mortuary, Inc., which he founded in 1979. He works closely with bereaved families, and attempts to attend and lend his personal touch to each service. He is very active with his church, and shares his talents throughout the St. Louis Metro-Area, giving concerts, seminars and workshops. He also hosts a Sunday morning and evening broadcast entitled, 'A Quiet Place' on radio station K-I-R-L. To his credit also, he is the International Minister of Sacred Music for the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World under the leadership of Bishop, Dr. Horace Smith M.D. As a nationally known recording artist, he is affectionately known to many as 'The Man with the Velvet Voice' and is often called upon to give concerts in various cities throughout the United States. Mr. Layne has pioneered throughout the years in the recording industry and has kept his music pure as well as maintained integrity in the style and presentation of Gospel Music. His most recent recordings are 'Keep on Believing' and 'I Opened My Mouth To The Lord,' produced by Walter Arties. These CD's are presently available. He has appeared with the late James Cleveland, Walter Hawkins, Edwin Hawkins, Andrae' Crouch, Tramaine Hawkins, Billy Preston, Rodena Preston, The O'Neal Twins, Jesse Dixon, Sara Jordan-Powell, Richard Smallwood, Lady Eneazer Blissett-Moore as well as appearances at Powell Symphony Hall - St. Louis, Missouri and The Dr. Bobby Jones Gospel Show. He has been the guest Psalmist at many Churches including the Apostolic Church of God for Bishop Arthur Brazier - Chicago, Il., Greater Grace Apostolic Church for Bishop Charles H. Ellis, III - Detroit, MI., Calvary Pentecostal Church for Presiding Bishop Norman Wagner - Youngstown, OH., Christ Church for Bishop James E. Tyson - Indianapolis, IN., Bethesda Temple Church for Bishop James A. Johnson - St. Louis, MO., Lively Stone Church of God Bishop Alphonso Scott - St. Louis, MO ...just to name a few. Although the public is aware of his generous contributions to many organizations, churches and various other people in need, Mr. Layne has chosen to remain anonymous. His early childhood training at home and his religious beliefs have taught him that giving from the heart is what counts. He believes in the old saying, 'Only what you do for Christ will last.' Be blessed as you listen to this pure and 'Sacred Music' of Mr. Austin A. Layne.