Mark Lowry Departs Gaither Vocal Band
October 28, 2013 2 Comments
Yes, I know, I’ve been gone far too long. Life has kept me away….a new job, 3rd grade homework (why don’t I remember doing this much homework in 3rd grade?), and life with kids who are growing up far too quickly has kept me away. And yes, I still owe you guys a review of the latest Old Paths CD, I’ll get to it. THIS news, however, is enough to bring me back. As was speculated on Daniel Mount’s blog late last week, Mark Lowry announced via Facebook this morning that he is indeed leaving the Gaither Vocal Band at the end of the year. Lowry cites the need to slow down and a desire to focus more on his solo career as his reasons for leaving. He will still appear at some of the larger Gaither events, like the cruise and FamilyFest, and will finish out the year with the GVB, but will be embarking on a solo tour with the Martins after the first of the year.
This is interesting. The five man, all-star GVB has been the talk of the SG world since its inception. Also, Lowry was the true baritone vocalist in the harmony. It will be interesting to see how the voices stack now back at a more traditional 4 part lineup. My gut feeling is that Hampton and Phelps will alternate on the tenor and lead parts more frequently, and that English will assume more baritone duties, with David or Wes stepping to the baritone part when English is featured on lead.
Best wishes to Mark, and to the GVB as they enter their new phases.