Mark Lowry, a Christian entertainer who sings, writes music and makes people laugh, will be in concert Oct. 14 at Life Fellowship, 11500 Sheridan Blvd. in Westminster.
He said he is pleased the October date in Westminster is on the …
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He said he is pleased the October date in Westminster is on the calendar.
“I am looking forward to this concert date because I just love Colorado,” Lowry said in a phone interview. “I first visited Colorado in 1988 when I attended the Christian Artist Music Seminar in Estes Park. I came to the seminar several times and always looked forward to spending time in the Rockies.”
Lowry, 59, said although he enjoyed performing, he didn’t consider a career as an entertainer until he was in college.
“I signed my first album contract when I was 11,” he said in a phone interview. “I continued singing with quartets but didn’t really consider an entertainment career. That all changed when I was at Liberty University. I joined an evangelistic team and felt the Lord called me to His service as an entertainer.”
Lowry said he has been in full-time Christian entertainment ministry for about 30 years. He said he loved it but lately he has thought about retiring but instead has cut back on his performances.
“I was on the road all the time earlier in my career and now I do about 80 dates a year. I really would like to cut that in half next year,” he said. “I do always take all of January off and by cutting my concert dates in half, I can spend time with my family and spend more time in my church.”
Lowry was born and raised in Houston where he said regularly performed in local theatrical production. He said he has always loved to sing but the addition of comedy to his performances came as a surprise even to him.
“Early in my career I used taped instrumental tracks when I sang,” he said. “There always was time between songs while you wait for the technician to change the track. That gap can seem like hours so to fill that time I just started talking to the audience, telling them about my life and my testimony. It got laughs so I just added it to my performances.”
In one appearance, he said humor helps the audience open up to the gospel message in the music.
“Sometimes you see people sitting there with their arms folded across their chests and that isn’t a good sign they are listening to the music and hearing the songs about God’s grace and glory,” he said. “But it is hard to stay like that if you laugh and I hope I can make them laugh so they are open to the gospel message.”
He was a member of the Gaither Vocal Band for a total of almost 20 years. Lowry sang with the vocal band and also was the comedian. He became well-known for his humorous give-and-takes with group leader Bill Gaither.
He said he started writing songs while in college. He is probably best known as the author of the words to “Mary Did You Know” that has become a Christmas standard and has been recorded by more than 400 artists.
“My contribution to song writing is I write the lyrics,” Lowry said. “Someone said song writing is 10 percent preparation and 90 percent perspiration and I agree. If it was easy everyone would do it.”
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