In 1927 Hanes was invited by Paramount Records scout Harry Charles to record two sermons with backed by a piano and male chorus. he traveled to Chicago and delivered his "Abounding Sin and Abounding Grace," and "A Symphony of Calls." The resulting disc, Paramount 3057, was issued, unusually, with a portrait of Hanes on the label.
- "Rev. J. O. Hanes Claimed by Death" (November 18, 1942) Decatur Daily, p. 2
- Calt, Stephen & Gayle Dean Wardlow (1990) "The Buying and Selling of Paramounts, Part 3." 78 Quarterly, No. 5
- James Oscar Hanes at Findagrave.com