NASHVILLE, Tenn.â€” GRAMMYÂ® Award-winning singer/songwriter/comedianÂ Mark LowryÂ has just releasedÂ Dogs Go to HeavenÂ (Gaither Music Group), an all-new recording available now on CD and DVD.Â The DVD debuted at theÂ #1Â spot on this weekâ€™sÂ BillboardÂ Music Video chartÂ and on theÂ Christian Music Video chart, according toÂ Nielsen Soundscan.Â The audio recording topped this weekâ€™sÂ Southern Gospel chartÂ and came in at #5 on theÂ Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) chart.
The uplifting collection, filmed LIVE atÂ First Baptist ChurchÂ in Hendersonville, TN, brings to life moving songs, side-splitting comedy and spiritual truths, including Lowryâ€™s â€œundisputed knowledgeâ€ that dogs go to heaven!
â€œTOP of the chart??â€ exclaimed the comedian with laughter upon receiving the news.Â â€œI guess this must have been a slow week for everybody, huh?!Â What a way to wake up on a Tuesday!Â Iâ€™m humbled and Iâ€™m so grateful to all of the people who made this happenâ€”â€˜Qâ€™ Phillips, Matthew Underwood, Troy Collins, Bob Sauer, Gaither Studios and Music Group, First Baptist Church and its choir, the musicians, Capitol Christian Music Groupâ€”everyone who had in a hand in it.Â Iâ€™m glad to be doing what Iâ€™m doing, and at my age Iâ€™m thrilled to be at the top of anything!â€
Both a master of comedy and a master of ceremony, theÂ GMA Hall of Fame memberÂ takes listeners on a concert journey with this new release, showcasing his musical prowess and heartfelt stories.Â Featuring guest appearances fromÂ The Martins, Stan Whitmire, TaRandaÂ and theÂ First Baptist Church Choir, the nationally-acclaimed performer fills the audience with laughter; yet he shares his contemplative side as well with honest, redeeming messages.
One of the most popular touring artists in Christian music, Lowry loves to connect with an audience; and that passion shows onÂ Dogs Go to Heaven.Â â€œThatâ€™s why I leave the lights up in the audience,â€ he explains, â€œso I can see them. I like to look everybody in the eyes sometime during the night.
â€œI love it all.Â I love the opening when weâ€™re getting to know each other (the audience and me), and I love the conversations on stage between me and The Martins or with whoever happens to be with me that night.Â I love walking out in the audience and getting closer to the people. I enjoy introducing â€˜Mary, Did You Know?â€™ (which I will do every night, probably, for the rest of my lifeâ€¦when you only have one hit, you sing it every night!)Â And I treasure the serendipitous moments when God shows up, without warning, but very expectedly. We always ask Him toâ€¦I love that, and I love the email I receive from people telling me how the concert affected them.â€
Lowryâ€™s career has spanned from contemporary Christian music recordings and best-selling comedy videos to his platform as a member of the laudedÂ Gaither Vocal BandÂ for over 20 years.Â The co-writer (along withÂ Buddy Greene) ofÂ â€œMary, Did You Know?â€Â his talents have placed him on theÂ Gaither HOMECOMING Video SeriesÂ and on world-renowned stages includingÂ Carnegie HallÂ and the John F. KennedyÂ Center for the Performing Arts.
Dogs Go to HeavenÂ is distributed throughÂ Capitol Christian DistributionÂ and is available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers includingÂ iTunes, AmazonÂ andÂ www.gaither.com.Â Lowry is featured weekly on theÂ Gaither HOMECOMINGÂ shows on TV networks includingÂ PBS, Dish TV, RFDÂ andÂ TBN, among others; and the new release will be featured inÂ Homecoming Magazine.Â For further information about Lowry visit:Â Â www.marklowry.comÂ orÂ www.facebook.com/markalanlowryÂ orÂ @MarkAlanLowry.
Lowryâ€™s current Top 40 radio singleÂ â€œEverybody Wants to Go to Heavenâ€Â (How We Love)â€”a song made familiar to him by friend and country music legendÂ Loretta Lynnâ€”features American bluegrass and country music groupÂ Dailey & Vincent.