Lawrence Gowan Biography
Lawrence Henry Gowan is a Scottish-born Canadian musician,born 22 November 1956. Gowan has been both a solo artist and the current lead vocalist and keyboardist of the band Styx since May 1999. His musical style is usually classified in the category of progressive rock.
Lawrence Gowan Songs
|Title||Release||Peak chart positions||Album|
|“Keep Up the Fight”||1982||—||—||Gowan|
|“Make It Alone”||—||—|
|“A Criminal Mind”||1985||5||14||Strange Animal|
|“(You’re a) Strange Animal”||15||—|
|“Moonlight Desires”||1987||10||2||Great Dirty World|
|“Awake the Giant”||36||—|
|“Living in the Golden Age”||78||—|
|“All the Lovers in the World”||1990||6||6||Lost Brotherhood|
|“Out of a Deeper Hunger”||36||17|
|“When There’s Time (For Love)”||1993||6||11||…but you can call me Larry|
|“Dancing on My Own Ground”||1994||15||17|
|“Your Stone Walls”||46||—|
|“Heart of Gold”||1995||88||46||Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute to Neil Young|
|“I’ll Be There in a Minute”||41||—||The Good Catches Up|
|“Guns and God”||14||20|
|“The Good Catches Up”||18||21|
|“Get It While You Can”||1997||21||—|
|“Healing Waters”||—||13||Best of…|
|“—” denotes a recording that did not chart.|
Lawrence Gowan Family
Gowan is married to Jan Gowan and has two children.
Lawrence Gowan Wife
Gowan is married to Jan Gowan.
Lawrence Gowan Styx
In 1997, during Styx’s tour, Gowan performed as a supporting act for Styx at Montreal’s Molson Centre and Quebec City’s Colisée.
Tommy Shaw admired his talent and vibrant stage charisma, and called him in May 1999 asking him to tour with them for 53 dates, replacing their lead singer Dennis DeYoung. Since then, Gowan’s classic hit, “A Criminal Mind”, is often played by Styx.
Styx had long been plagued by differences in artistic inclination. DeYoung’s absence created an opportunity for a more permanent restructuring of Styx. Gowan subsequently became the band’s permanent vocalist.
Styx’s 2003 album Cyclorama was Gowan’s first studio album with the band. Gowan sings two songs on Cyclorama, “Fields of the Brave” and “More Love for the Money”, both of which have an easily recognizable Gowan signature. He then continued recording with Styx for their 2005 album, Big Bang Theory.
Gowan continues with Styx to the present and is featured on many live releases from the band. The band released studio recordings of older Styx songs with the new line-up, titled Regeneration (released in two volumes in 2010 and 2011), and Gowan sings lead vocals on several tracks that were originally recorded by Dennis DeYoung.
The band around driving forces Tommy Shaw and James Young, backed by co-founder Panozzo brother Chuck, are touring constantly, delivering more than 100 shows a year. On top of it all, the band frequently releases live albums catching the extravagant atmosphere of their live performances. And suddenl. they also found time to record themselves a brand new record: `The Mission’.
The release of the album instantly revived their classic sound and shocked up the scene as it shot into orbit. `The Mission’ climbed the charts in numerous countries and maintained to gather sales and gather attention. The latter to be of the utmost importance bringing the band back into the spotlights and back to the front-line of rock music in general.
`The Mission’ lit the fire of fans and sparked the heart of journalists as it takes us on a conceptual journey through space. A journey binding together tiny bits and pieces of the bands classic and long spanning career(s), as well as the present and above all: the future.
`The Mission’ re-imagines the six-man Styx team as crew-members on the first manned mission to Mars in the year 2033. Aboard their nuclear powered vessel Khedive the story unfolds, evolving around the characters rather than the sci-fi epos one might expect.
It is that personal and emotional edge provided which took me to the edge of my seat upon fifth and sixth spin while the musical debris from the first 4 stints finally nested and fell into place. `The Mission’ is an aurally adventurous 43-minute thrill ride that chronicles the trials, tribulations, and ultimate triumphs of the first manned mission to Mars in the year 2033.
From the hopeful drive of the lead single ,,Gone Gone Gone’’ to the pivotal harmonic convergence of ,,Radio Silence’’ to the stargazing machinations of ,,Locomotive’’ to the rough-riding blaze of glory that permeates the hard-charging ,,Red Storm’’ to the elegiac optimism of the closing track ,,Mission To Mars’’, `The Mission’ succeeds in delivering the greater good from a band that continues to fire on all cylinders, 45 years after signing its first recording contract.
Lawrence Gowan Children
Gowan has two children.
Lawrence Gowan Strange Animal
Lawrence Gowan A Criminal Mind
Lawrence Gowan Net Worth
The musician has a net worth of $12 million.
Lawrence Gowan Lost Brotherhood
Lost Brotherhood is the fourth studio album by Canadian musician Lawrence Gowan, originally released in 1990. The album reached multi-platinum status in Canada and spawned the singles, “All the Lovers in the World,” “Lost Brotherhood,” and “Out of a Deeper Hunger”. Alex Lifeson of Rush, Steve Shelski of Coney Hatch, and Ken Greer of Red Rider contributed guitar work for the album.
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All songs written and composed by Lawrence Gowan.
- “All the Lovers in the World” – 4:16
- “Lost Brotherhood” – 4:13
- “Call it a Mission” – 5:14
- “The Dragon” – 5:51
- “Love Makes you Believe” – 3:37
- “Fire it Up” – 3:56
- “Out of a Deeper Hunger” – 3:44
- “Tender Young Hero” – 4:29
- “Message from Heaven” – 4:47
- “Holding this Rage” – 5:21
Lawrence Gowan Awards And Nominations
The following are Gowan’s Juno nominations:
- 1983 – Nominated – “Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year”
- 1985 – Winner – “Best Video” for “A Criminal Mind” with director Rob Quartly animation and direction by Greg Duffell / Lightbox Studios Inc.
- 1985 – Winner – “Best Album Graphics” for Strange Animal (awarded to designers Rob MacIntyre and Dimo Safari)
- 1985 – Nominated – “Male Vocalist of the Year”
- 1985 – Nominated – “Album of the Year” for Strange Animal
- 1985 – Nominated – “Best Selling Single” for “A Criminal Mind”
- 1985 – Nominated – “Best Video” for “You’re a Strange Animal” animation by Greg Duffell / Lightbox Studios Inc.
- 1986 – Nominated – “Best Video” for “Cosmetics” (director: Rob Quartly)
- 1987 – Nominated – “Male Vocalist of the Year”
- 1987 – Nominated – “Album of the Year” for Great Dirty World
- 1987 – Nominated – “Canadian Entertainer of the Year”
- 1991 – Nominated – “Male Vocalist of the Year”
In 1995, Gowan was presented with the SOCAN award for songs that have won major airplay in 1995 for his song, “Dancing on My Own Ground”.
On 16 November 1998, Gowan received the National Achievement Award from the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN).
In 2003, Gowan was presented with the SOCAN award (along with three other musicians) for songs that have surpassed the 100,000 radio-airplay mark for his song, “Moonlight Desires”.
In 2011, Gowan was presented with a star on the Scarborough Walk of Fame – Entertainment.
In 2013, Gowan announced he was recording a new studio album, complete with new original material. The album is apparently in production in downtown Toronto at a private studio. According to Gowan, the album is based on an old concept album by Rhinegold, which was written and conceived in the mid-1970s, during their rounds of the Toronto club scene.