Catch hilarious singer Mark Lowry on Dayton stage before he retires

Mark Lowry, headlining a Faith and Friends concert at Victoria Theatre in Dayton on Saturday, May 12, announced several years ago he was going to retire at 60.

That birthday arrives on June 24. Lowry says he’s still planning to cut down on touring but his concept of retirement includes plenty of work.

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“I’m taking the whole year off next year to see how that goes,” he said. “After that, I’ll decide what I’m going to do. As my dad says, ‘I’m going to take it a tick at a time.’ I really love social media. I don’t do it to spread any message or anything, I just enjoy doing it. I don’t know why but I love it.”

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Lowry is currently creating two different web series. He recently wrapped the first season of his video podcast, “Dinner Conversations.” He is currently taping episodes for a second season of the show where Lowry talks with guests during an intimate meal.

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“I’m just taking a little break from ‘Dinner Conversations’ right now,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun. We had Becka Stephens today and now we’re about have Candy Christmas. Believe or not that’s her real name. She’s a gospel singer and she has a ministry in Nashville, Under the Bridge, which is a ministry to homeless people. People can see those episodes online.”

Lowry’s other web program, “Mondays with Mark,” airs on Facebook Live at 7 p.m. Mondays.

“I’m also enjoying doing my show, ‘Mondays With Mark,’ ” he said. “We talk and sing and have a good time. Social media is great because I can stay home and reach the world. It’s amazing because I can get on Facebook Live and reach more people in 15 or 20 minutes than I can ever reach on a tour.”

While he is taking next year off from touring, Lowry will still perform and work on special projects like “Dinner Conversations” and “Mondays with Mark.”

In March 2019, he is hosting his first Spring Fling Cruise. The Caribbean cruise will include special guests the Ball Brothers, the Martins, Taranda Green and Stan Whitmire.

Lowry was a member of the Gaither Vocal Band from 1988 to 2002 and has continued to do special engagements with the award-winning gospel group. As a solo artist, he has released more than a dozen albums, including “What’s Not to Love,” “Some Things Never Change” and “Mark Lowry on Broadway.”


What: Faith and Friends presents An Evening with Mark Lowry

Where: Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, May 12

Cost: $28-$48

More info: 937-228-3630 or

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