The Prayer Palace presents: Â An Evening with Mark Lowry
Saturday Dec. 22, 2012
Supreme Banquet & Convention Centre, ON â€“ Canada
This is my inauguralÂ article for SGMRadio and Iâ€™m delighted I was able to review aÂ Mark LowryÂ concertÂ for my debut.
The concert and banquet was presented by The Prayer Palace in Toronto.Â Â We were treated to an evening with singer & songwriter from the Gaither Vocal Bandâ€¦Mark Lowry.Â
Mark joined The Prayer Palace Pastor, Paul Melnichuk, his wife Kathy, and an abundant audience for a mouth-watering full Christmas dinner and concert.Â Â Prior to and post the dinner, Mark was extremely welcoming as people came over to him at his table requesting to have: their picture taken with him, or to secure his coveted autograph, or for a brief chat.Â Â Mark as always, was very approachable and joyous to meet his Canadian fans/friends.
The concert itself began withÂ Valiant Music GroupÂ opening for Mark Lowry. The Canadian trio (recently nominated for two (2) Covenant Awards) consisting of: Matthew Grieve, Jeff Harden & Rodney Hamilton, who are based out of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.Â Â Their set of songs delighted and tickled the audience with ear Christmas candy.Â Â They had tweeted their excitement opening for Mark, and how elated they were to hear Mark himself sing his Christmas classic,Â Mary Did You Know (written by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene), the song the trio usually perform.
After a brief break, the zenith of the night occurred when the charming and dapperÂ Mark LowryÂ finally took the stage.Â Â Accompanying Mark on the keyboards was the ever-talentedÂ Stan Whitmire. The Prayer Palace Pastor, Paul Melnichuk has a strong resemblance to Tony Bennett that did not go unnoticed by Mark.Â Â Upon taking the stage Mark began his set with a brief rendition of a Tony Bennett songÂ Fly Me to the Moon.Â Â The Pastor as well as the audience tittered with delight with Markâ€™s dedication to Pastor Paul with this song.Â Â Markâ€™s crooning whet our appetite for his upcoming CD, comprised of some favorite â€œLove Songsâ€ classics targeted for an early 2013 release.Â Â In addition, we were delighted with some typical Mark shenanigans, as he sang a few popular early classic TV theme songs.Â Â The crowd was in stitches!Â Â Mark ended the classic TV melody with the famous theme of the Flintstones, â€œW.I.L.M.A.â€â€¦What fun!
Mark was in good form and delighted us all with not only great songs, but also with hilarious anecdotes, including the painful but ever funny account of his infamous broken leg.Â Â â€œI have dead people in my leg.Â Â I donâ€™t know themâ€¦but I love themâ€.Â Â Markâ€™s set reflected his rich powerhouse baritone voice to its fullest.Â Â He also thrilled the audience with a Christmas carol,Â Away In a Manger. As his finale, Mark charmed the crowd when he sang his ever-popularÂ Mary Did You KnowÂ sung to perfection!Â Â Leaving us wanting more.
The evening kicked off somewhat slow due to the delayed required preparations of the banquet.Â Â However it appeared that the minute Mark took the stage, he left the stage.Â Â Why is it that good times are finite and come and go far too quickly?Â Â Mark surprised the audience (which consisted mostly of The Prayer Palace congregation) when he announced that he would be attending their 10:30 a.m. morning service the following day.Â Â After the concert Mark did a â€œmeet and greetâ€ with his fans, and all were excited and so happy to meet Mark.Â Â â€œMark, please return to ON Canada anytime, we promise to continually greet you with open armsâ€.
For more information aboutÂ Mark LowryÂ and all of his upcoming concerts (solo or with the Gaither Vocal Band), please browse Markâ€™s websiteÂ www.marklowry.com.Â Â Also why not follow Mark on Twitter @MarkAlanLowry.
Please also visit the website of theÂ Valiant Music GroupÂ atÂ www.areyouvaliant.comÂ for their concert updates as well as other interesting information about the trio.
Susan Werchonowicz is a lover of our Lord Jesus Christ. Susan is Canadian-born with a deep love of Southern Gospel Music. Her passion for Gospel Music was re-ignited when Russ Taff performed at her church in Brampton Ontario Canada a few years ago. When Russ performed "Ain't no Grave" Susan became re-enamored and consumed with Southern Gospel music. By trade Susan is an analytical "left brain" type, with her profession as a Project Manager in the Telecom Industry. Susan has returned back to her passion for writing, including her love for Lyric Writing, including writing a Christian play which she hopes to see on stage one day. "It's your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words" (Matthew 12:34) (MSG). Email Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org