Mark Lowry (June 24, 1958 - )


Mark Lowry

Mark Lowry

Gaither Vocal Band

Biography

Mark Lowry was born in Houston, Texas, on June 24, 1958. He has an older brother, Mike, and a younger sister, Melissa. Mark's mother, Beverly Lowry, speaks and sings across the country at various conferences. Beverly has been featured on two of Mark's recordings.

Lowry has been singing and recording albums and videos since age eleven. He attended Liberty College in Lynchburg, VA, from 1975 to 1980. He is known for his comedy as well as his singing.

In 1984, Mark wrote the lyric to Mary Did You Know. After several others tried to set the lyrics to music, Buddy Greene wrote a tune that suited the words perfectly. This song has become a modern Christmas standard. It was initially popularized by Michael English on his self-titled solo CD and has since been covered by many artists from various genres including Kathy Mattea, Kenny Rogers, Wynonna Judd, Billy Dean, Natalie Cole, Donnie Osmond and Clay Aiken.

Lowry joined the Gaither Vocal Band in 1988, filling the baritone position and providing comedy at their concert events. He was instrumental in the early and ongoing success of the Gaither Homecoming Series beginning in 1991. Mark continued to perform his blend of comedy and solo singing at non-GVB events during the years he was a member of the GVB, releasing several successful solo videos during that time.

Mark left the GVB in 2001. He continued to release both comedy and serious CDs on the Gaither Music Group label after leaving the GVB. LordSong and Stan Whitmire toured with Lowry for several years and joined him for key appearances at the National Quartet Convention. In 2009, Bill Gaither announced that Lowry was returning to the GVB along with popular alumni David Phelps and Michael English. Lowry left the Gaither Vocal Band after four years at the end of 2013.

Awards

Gospel Music Association Hall Of Fame (2015)
ASCAP Golden Note Award (2016)
Singing News Fan Awards - Favorite Soloist (2021)\\

Discography

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197? He Touched Me, Plus Other Gospel Favorites

1970 Introducing Mark Lowry: The Least In The Kingdom (Impact Records) I'm The Least In The Kingdom; The Glory Road; I've Been To Calvary; Remind Me Dear Lord; Lord, Keep Your Mighty Hand On Me; Sheltered In The Arms Of God; Patriotic Medley: America The Beautiful/This Land Is Your Land/God Bless America; No Greater Love; When I Lift Up My Head; Daddy Come Home; Sittin' Round The Table Of The Lord; Had It Not Been.

197? I'd Rather Have Jesus (Impact Records):

19?? Something Old, Something New (Daybreak Records):

19?? He's Alive

1982 Resurrection Song (Twelve Oaks Records):

198? God Loves You (Big G Custom Records): God Loves You; I Want Jesus; It's A Wonderful Feeling; Slow Down; Give Them All To Jesus; Jesus Is Still The Answer; Whatever It Takes; Jesus Got A Hold Of My Life; Jesus Loves Me; Plenty Of Time.

1986 Trust Me And See (Entry Records):

1988 For The First Time On Planet Earth (Word Records):

1991 This Is The Life (Word Records):

1993 The Last Word (Word Records):

1994 Mouth In Motion (Word Records):

1996 Remotely Controlled (Word Records):

1999 Twenty Stories Tall (Word Records):

1999 But Seriously (Spring House Records):

2000 Just Singing... No Kidding (Spring House Records):

2001 Mark Lowry On Broadway (Spring House Records):

2003 Some Things Never Change (Spring House Records):

2004 The Best of Mark Lowry, Vol. 1 (Spring House Records):

2004 The Best of Mark Lowry, Vol. 2 (Spring House Records):

2004 Mary, Did You Know? (Spring House Records):

2005 Mark Lowry Goes To Hollywood (Spring House Records):

2005 Be The Miracle (Spring House Records):

2007 I Love To Tell The Story (Gaither Music Group):

2009 Life Gets Loud... (Gaither Music Group):

2011 Unplugged & Unplanned (Daywind Records):

2013 Unforgettable Classics

2015 How We Love

2015 The Best Of Mark Lowry (Cracker Barrel Exclusive).

2016 Dogs Go To Heaven

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2017 What's Not To Love: What’s Not To Love?; I Know When I’m Hearing From Home; Love Is The Golden Rule; No Room For Hate; What If He Meant What He Said?; So You’ll Know How To Pray; Mama Prayed; Feels Like I’m Already There; Didn’t I Walk On The Water?; Only Jesus; What’s Not To Love? (reprise).

2021 Mark Lowry: The Early Years (Main Street Music And Entertainment): (4-disc CD compilation of previously released albums: Mark Lowry: The Least In The Kingdom, Trust Me & See, He’s Alive, and Resurrection Song).

2021 Live In Akron, OH (Main Street Music And Entertainment): (previously unreleased live recording of a 1984 concert).

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2021 Sit Up Straight And Sing: Vol. 1: Leaning on the Everlasting Arms; Amazing Grace; Since Jesus Came Into My Heart; In The Garden; A New Name In Glory; Precious Memories; Victory In Jesus; I Surrender All; Dwelling In Beulah Land; Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus; Mansion Over The Hilltop; The Old Rugged Cross. (Album includes both sung and instrumental versions of all songs for a total of 24 tracks.) (Mark Lowry and Kevin Williams).

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2021 Simply Christmas: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas; Winter Wonderland; I'll Be Home For Christmas; Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem; White Christmas; What Child Is This; Joy To The World; Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas; Jingle Bells; It Came Upon A Midnight Clear; Mary, Did You Know. (Album includes both sung and instrumental versions of all songs for a total of 24 tracks.) (Mark Lowry and Kevin Williams).

Songwriter's Résumé

(Partial List)

I'll Meet You On The Mountain
Mary Did You Know
Mary Was The First One To Carry The Gospel
Stand Up For What I Stand For
There Is Hope

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