How We Love Combines Influences by Loretta Lynn,
Beth Nielsen Chapman and Pharrell
NASHVILLE, Tenn.–October 6th, 2015â€”GRAMMYÂ® Award-winning singer/songwriter and comedian Mark Lowry has just recorded How We Love (Spring Hill Music Group), an all-new, 11-song collection scheduled to hit the streets on October 9th. Produced by Kevin Williams, the new release showcases this nationally acclaimed personality, known for bringing laughter to countless audiences worldwide; yet it also captures the baritone singerâ€™s more contemplative side with honest, redeeming messages.
â€œI had some friends over to my house for a few days,â€ described Lowry. â€œWe shared stories, laughed and sang songs around the piano. When Cynthia Clawson sat down at the piano and started singing â€˜How We Love,â€™ written by Beth Nielsen Chapman, I knew immediately I wanted to record this song. I felt something specialâ€¦I knew I was hearing truthâ€¦I call it â€˜hearing from home.â€™ What good is love if you only love people who are like you? Love does its best work when you love someone you can’t stand. It’s like courage. It’s useless without fear. It’s standing through the fear that equals courage.â€
Lowry lent an ear to other great songwriters as he selected more songs for the new collection, which includes a cover of â€œHappy,â€ a GRAMMYÂ® Award-winning song written and originally performed by American singer and producer Pharrell Williams. Featured on the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack album, â€œHappyâ€ became a No. 1 song in over 20 countries.
â€œI try to find songs with what I call â€˜meat on the bones.â€™ It has to have a great lyric, and I love story songs,â€ Lowry recalled. â€œWe were done selecting the material for this recording, and we had recorded all of the tracks. And then I got a song sent to me from Reba Rambo and Chip Davis called â€˜Come As You Areâ€™ that stopped me in my tracks.
â€œThis song says â€˜Come as you are. We mean it.â€™ We often sing â€˜Just As I Am,â€™ but Iâ€™m not sure we really want everyone coming to Jesus. If we did surely we would have more diversity in our pews. I say let’s show more of our scars and less trophies. The cross is the only stumbling block we need. I knew the minute I heard the message of this song we had to add it to the project, and I couldn’t quit crying when I was recording it. So many people don’t feel welcomed or wanted, and thereâ€™s a big difference between â€˜welcomedâ€™ and â€˜wanted.â€™ Everybody should be wanted. Let people get next to Jesus. He’ll fix what’s wrong with us.â€
Lowry also added to the release the gospel classic â€œEverybody Wants to Go to Heavenâ€â€”a song made familiar to him by friend and country music legend Loretta Lynn. The song, which is the first radio single, features American bluegrass and country music group Dailey & Vincent.
â€œI always just grab friends to join me when I get ready to record,â€ explained Lowry. For How We Love that list also included Sisters (â€œI Thirstâ€), Jimmy and Sonya Isaacs Yeary (â€œOld Peopleâ€) and The Martins, who joined him for the title cut as well as an all-new, four-part, a cappella rendition of the classic hymn â€œWhen I Survey the Wondrous Cross,â€ arranged by Matthew Holt (Gaither Vocal Band).
â€œIt has been my dream to sing with The Martins since 1992,â€ stated Lowry with a smile. â€œThatâ€™s when their mother gave Michael English and me a cassette of her children singing. Michael and I invited them to the Precious Memories Gaither HOMECOMING video recording. We asked Gloria [Gaither] to listen to them, and they sang for her a cappella. The next day Bill asked them to come in and sing for everyone, and the rest is history. We get to tour together, and NOW I get to sing a fourth part with them a cappella!â€
This was a bucket list item for the Gospel Music Hall of Famer whose career has spanned from contemporary Christian music recordings and best-selling comedy videos to his platform as a member of the lauded Gaither Vocal Band for over 20 years. The co-writer (along with Buddy Greene) of â€œMary, Did You Know?â€ his talents have placed him on the Gaither HOMECOMING Video Series and on world-renowned stages including Carnegie Hall and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Mark Lowry is featured weekly on the Gaither HOMECOMING shows on TV networks including PBS, Dish TV, RFD and TBN, among others; and the new release will be featured in Homecoming Magazine and on SiriusXM Radioâ€™s enLighten channel.
How We Love is distributed through Capitol Christian Distribution and will be available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and www.gaither.com. For further information about Mark Lowry visit www.marklowry.com or www.facebook.com/markalanlowry or @MarkAlanLowry.
How We Love CD Song List:
Mary Was the First One to Carry the Gospel
Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven (with Dailey & Vincent)
I Thirst (with Sisters)
How We Love (with The Martins)
Old People (with Jimmy and Sonya Isaacs Yeary)
Rock in a Weary Land
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (with The Martins)
Come As You Are
ABOUT MARK LOWRY
Mark Lowry is known and loved around the world as a trusted voice in the realm of gospel music and beyond. He started making music at age 11; and now, more than four decades later, his legacy is forever sealed as an innately entertaining communicator who can, at once, make audiences laugh, cry and reflect.
Mark is a singer, storyteller, humorist, author and songwriter, whose lyric to â€œMary Did You Know?â€ resulted in one of the most loved modern Christmas songs of this century. This captivating song, which he co-wrote with Buddy Greene, has been recorded more than 400 times by artists from every genre including: Reba McEntire, CeeLo Green, Clay Aiken, Michael English, Kenny Rogers, Wynonna Judd, The Gaither Vocal Band and a long list of others.
Mark spent more than 20 collective years as the baritone singer for the GRAMMYÂ®-award-winning Gaither Vocal Band and served as the sidesplitting comedic sidekick for Bill Gaither through live concert tours and the best-selling Gaither HOMECOMING Video Series and television airings.
A deep thinker and student of theology with an outrageous sense of humor (for which he often credits his diagnosis with Attention Deficit Disorder), Markâ€™s life work offers a long list of recordings and DVDs reflecting a wide range of influences, including Mark Lowry On Broadway (RIAA Certified Platinum), Mark Lowry Goes To Hollywood (RIAA Certified Gold), Best of Mark Lowry & Bill Gaither, Volumes I and II (RIAA Certified Gold), Life Gets Loud and most recently Unforgettable Classics.
In spite of the broad range of musical inspiration found in Markâ€™s discography, there is one element that never changes–his gift for communicating profound truths through music and storytelling that keeps audiences of all ages on the edges of their seats. Mark maintains a full schedule of solo concerts with longtime friends such as Stan Whitmire and The Martins, as well as a few Gaither HOMECOMING tour dates across North America.