Who Is Jesus?
Gregory Kent Lowery was born January 18, 1949 to Caroline and Keith Lowery in Ottawa, Illinois. The last of five boys, though his brother, Rodney, passed away as a toddler before Greg's birth. Greg was interested in music from a very early age-he started playing the guitar at age nine, and would often perform Elvis impersonations for friends and relatives. In 1963, Greg and two friends, Joe Halterman and Brian Gunderson, formed a band and performed in their first public appearance, on stage at their school during lunch hour. Later they were joined by Jim Travi and Rick Matthews, and the band The Sounds of Us was born. Later that year, Greg and his parents moved to Wedron, Illinois where they built a home on six acres along Indian Creek that they had purchased. Soon after their move to Wedron, the family got it's first horse, a six-year-old Arabian named Ginger. The acquisition of Ginger eventually led to the decision to raise Appaloosas. Greg helped his father in this endeavor, and their herd quickly grew from the one horse, to over fifty. In 1966, Greg, Joe, and Brian started playing for local dances and parties. By the time Greg graduated from high school, he and the band were opening for national acts, such as Chicago's The Crying Shames . Later that year, Brian and Joe both received letters from a recording studio in Chicago, and Greg received a letter from Uncle Sam-he was to join the U.S. Army. This effectively broke up The Sounds of Us, and pre-empted Greg's music career. In 1969, Greg found himself at Fort Lenordwood, Missouri. After basic training, he was sent to Fort Rucker, Alabama, and then to Vietnam as a part of the 196th Aviation Company. He was in Vietnam for sixteen months, and later found himself stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, with the Army Flight Operations Department. After receiving his discharge in 1971, he returned home to Illinois for about three years before deciding to reenlist in the Army-with a guaranteed assignment in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 1975, he met his future wife, Sandra Thornton, and they were married in October of that year. Greg received his second discharge in 1976, and in April of 1978, they welcomed the arrival of their son, Ryan. In October of 1988, Greg answered a call from Jesus, and made the decision to give his life to Christ. Two years later, Greg discovered that he had a gift to express his relationship with God through music. Previously he had never written a song, and within the matter of months, he had written several. Greg began to perform his music in local churches for several years, often with the accompaniment of his son on various instruments. In the years since, Greg has written several more songs, and performed his music live throughout Colorado and his home state of Illinois. Most recently, Greg has been in the studio writing and recording his music, and collaborating with local musicians, and with his former band mate, Joe Halterman. Through there have been many enjoyable memories throughout Greg's music career, he most enjoys writing music, music that entertains, inspires, and shares God's Word.
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