Monday, December 12, 2005

Story Behind 'Mary, Did You Know?'

Mark Lowry, author of the song, Mary, Did You Know?, is known for his singing and as a comedian, who spent many years with the Gaither Vocal band. But, he may be known more, years from now, for the song that came from his meditation written for a Christmas program at his church.

In 1984, he was asked to write a song for the Advent. He came up with questions he might ask Mary about her son, Jesus. The questions he came up with were used before each scene of the musical.

Six years later, harmonica virtuoso Buddy Greene supplied just the right music and "Mary, Did You Know?" was complete.

Since then, his song has been recorded by more than 30 artists. The one I love most is Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd's rendition. It's beautiful. It is being played during this Christmas season on radio stations every where. Lowry will indeed be remembered, not only for his singing and comedy style, but for this great song, as well.

4 Comments:

Kerry said...

I have to disagree with you. Mark Lowery's own rendition of his song is by far the best. He knows exactly where to put emphasis. He wrote the song.

Barbara said...

He's good. I just happen to like Kenny Roger's rendition. :)

Blair said...

Oh I like Lowery's rendition also. Admitedly I haven't heard Kenny's. This song is one of my Christmas faves.

Barbara said...

They are both good. The song is just great!