The Essential Songwriter Collection: Beverly Lowry

The Essential Songwriter Collection series lists ten songs each from legendary songwriters that every Southern Gospel fan should add to their collections. The response to Beverly Lowry’s passing last week highlighted how many fans view her primarily as Mark Lowry’s mother, and not as much a songwriter in her own right as she deserves to be remembered.

  • I Thirst: The Cathedrals, High and Lifted Up, 1993. Written by herself; few would question that this is the classic for which she is most remembered.
  • Monuments: Legacy Five, Monuments, 2004. Co-written with Jeff Steele. The Wilburns also did a fine renditino, but Legacy Five’s is monumental.
  • When They Found Nothing: Legacy Five, Just Stand, 2009. The best of her many co-writes with Marty Funderburk.
  • Come On and Join Us: The Perrys, Changed Forever, 2001. Written solo; this one proves her skill at the all-too-rare art of writing convention songs.
  • Across the River: Triumphant Quartet, Triumphant Quartet, 2005. Co-written with Marty Funderburk.
  • The Song of the Lord: All Star Quartets (Michael May, Gerald Wolfe, Jeff Stanley, Michael Means), All Star Quartets, 2000. Co-written with Marty Funderburk. The strongest song on a novelty project that’s largely forgotten these days, this one’s a forgotten gem just waiting to be a hit for someone who brings it back.
  • My Answer is Yes: Brian Free & Assurance, Greater Still, 2003. Co-written with Rebecca Peck. It’s about time for this one to make a reappearance, too.
  • The Ground is Level: Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Ground is Level, 2003. Written solo.
  • Floatin’ on a Cloud: Blackwood Brothers, 75 Years: The Song Will Go On, 2010. Co-written with Marty Funderburk; this one shows how adept she was at the old-timey quartet style.
  • He Changed it All: The Inspirations, The Journey Ahead, 2003. Co-written with Rebecca Peck.

What are your favorite Beverly Lowry-penned songs?

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  1. The only ones I’ve heard is “I Thirst” “Monuments” and “Ground is Level.” I have five of her cd’s and often wondered how many of the songs she sang she had written. Fantastic voice. Thanks for the list.

    • You’re welcome! I don’t have any of her CDs, so I don’t know.

  2. Thank you for this list. Some of these, I knew she had written or was a co-writer. I did not know she co-wrote “He Changed It All”. This is one of my favorite Inspirations songs. It is a great lyric and Mike Holcomb does a great job singing it. It would definitely be worth looking it up.

  3. Quite the list. I didn’t realize she was such an accomplished writer.

  4. Honestly, “I Thirst” is the only one I know really well.

    I “discovered” “He Changed It All” relatively recently while looking at Rebecca Peck songs. I was pleasantly surprised that the Inspirations had done a Peck song, but it didn’t register at the time that it was a Bev Lowry co-write. It’s a different kind of song for them, and it’s a pretty good one.

  5. I was only familiar with “I Thirst” and the two Legacy Five songs, but I wanted to let you know how happy I am to see this series back. There are so many writers I have in mind that I’m hoping you get to! Thanks for all you do!

    • Thanks! Who are you most hoping that I get to?

      • The qualifier “most” makes that a difficult because I love lists like these and want to see all of the great writers discussed! 🙂 You’ve already covered some of the great writers of today, but I would love to see Stuart Hamblen, Mosie Lister, Albert E. Brumley and even Lee Roy Abernathy and Big Chief featured.

      • Thanks so much! I might be able to do some of that.

      • That’d be great, but if don’t get to it, no sweat! You’re doing a great job!

      • Thanks! This is a fun hobby, but it’s still a hobby that doesn’t pay the power bill (or, for that matter, even its own hosting bill). I could not comprehend how much I’d write if it paid the bills and I did it eight hours per day! But I think it’s safe to say this much: It would be far more than just about any of y’all would want to read. 🙂

  6. I hear ya there! I’m still dreaming of find a job that pays the bills and allows me to work with the history of this music and today’s groups. Sadly, I don’t imagine they’re planning to expand the SGMA Hall of Fame & Museum and starting to hire well-paid tour guides anytime soon! 🙁