Mark Lowry has been making people laugh, cry and think for over 26 years. Singing publicly and recording albums and videos since age eleven, you could say that Mark has done this most of his life.
Mark attended Liberty College (now Liberty University) in Lynchburg, VA, from 1975 to 1980 where he first intended to gain a Business degree. In 1976, Mark felt God was calling him to a music ministry and, when he graduated in 1980 with a Youth degree, he began performing at independent Baptist churches around the country. His first booking agent, Roy Morgan, booked Mark in 43 cities in 41 days. As Mark put it, “This boy could book a pork chop into a synagogue.”
Mark tells how in the early days he would have to fill the gaps between his songs while he was waiting for the little old man in the back of the church to change his soundtracks. “Those few seconds of ‘dead air’ can feel like hours when you’re on stage facing a crowd – so, to fill time, I’d start talking about my life and my testimony. People would laugh… and I finally realized I was on to something.”
And that’s how Mark’s well-known comedy was born. His unique presentations have been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.
In 1988, Mark was offered the baritone part in the Gaither Vocal Band. Mark remained with the Vocal Band for 13 years, performing dozens of solo concerts each year, as well. Mark’s antics on stage with Bill Gaither were an instant hit with Vocal Band audiences and their comedy became the highlight of the evening when the Homecoming tour was born. Mark has been featured on each of the Gaither Homecoming videos – now numbering more than sixty – often in the co-hosting role with Bill.
In 1984, Mark wrote the lyric to a song that would establish his status as a songwriter forever. When his church asked him to write a Christmas play, he wrote down a series of questions that he would like to ask Jesus’ mother, Mary. These questions were used as a ‘filler’ between the scenes of the play. Six years later, after two other writers had already tried, Buddy Greene wrote music to Mark’s lyric and the song was born… Mary, Did You Know? This beautiful song, which has become a modern Christmas standard, has been recorded by more than thirty different artists including Michael English, Kathy Mattea, Kenny Rogers, Wynonna Judd, Billy Dean, Natalie Cole, Donnie Osmond and Clay Aiken.
Mark Lowry was born in Houston, TX, on June 24, 1958. He has a ‘perfect’ older brother, Mike, who lives in Lynchburg, VA, with his wife and four children, as well as a ‘perfect’ younger sister, Melissa who also lives in Lynchburg with her husband and two children. Mark’s father (Charles) is an attorney and Mark’s mother (Beverly) speaks and sings all over the country at various conferences. Beverly has been featured on two of Mark’s recordings.