Mark Lowry has been making people laugh, cry and think for over twenty years. Singing publicly and recording albums and videos since age eleven, you could say that Mark has done this most of his life.
A native of Houston, Texas, Mark was born on June 24, 1958, to Charles and Bev Lowry, who currently reside in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Mark attended Liberty College (now Liberty University) in Lynchburg, VA, from 1975 to 1980 where he intended to gain a business degree. He eventually began performing and traveling around the country, and he recalls a particularly busy season right after college when his first booking agent, Roy Morgan, booked him in 43 cities in 41 days following graduation.
Mark recalls those early concerts when he discovered comedy as a helpful way to fill the long gaps between songs while a little old man in the back of the church changed his soundtracks. "Those few seconds of 'dead air' can feel like hours when you're on stage facing a crowd," Mark reflects, "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."
Just as necessity is the mother of invention, so Mark's well-known comedy was born. His unique presentation has been enjoyed by countless audiences across the world both through his solo career as well as his 13-year journey as baritone singer and silly sidekick for Bill Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band.
Mark's on-stage antics with Bill Gaither were an instant hit with Vocal Band audiences and this outlandish comedy evolved into 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 serving as co-host 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 "Mary, Did You Know?" was born. This simple, yet breathtaking and thought-provoking idea 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, of course, Mark Lowry.
Mark has recorded five comedy and music videos - four of which have achieve 'Gold' status, and two of which have achieved 'Platinum' status. His video, "Mark Lowry on Broadway," soared to the top of Billboard charts where it remained for several weeks. And, in January, 2005, Mark recorded "Mark Lowry Goes to Hollywood" which was released by Gaither Music Group in September 2005.