Stuart Hamblen was American radio's first singing cowboy in 1926, and later became a Christian songwriter, temperance supporter and recurring candidate for political office.
Hamblen was born to the family of an itinerant Methodist preacher on 20 October 1908, in Kelleyville, Texas, USA. He married to Suzy Daniels and fathered two children with her. Hamblen's father was Dr. J. H. Hamblen, a minister in the Methodist Church in Texas, who in 1946 founded the Evangelical Methodist Church denomination in Abilene, Texas.
From 1931-52, Hamblen had a series of highly popular radio programs on the West Coast of the United States. He composed music and acted in motion pictures with such other stars as Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and John Wayne. He was the first artist signed by Decca Records in 1934.
He was also a racehorse owner for a portion of his career, until 1949 when he underwent a religious conversion at a Billy Graham crusade in Los Angeles. He soon gave up his secular radio and film career to enter Christian broadcasting with his radio show, The Cowboy Church of the Air, which ran until his passing in 1989.