Mary, Did You Know?

Mark Lowry, Gaither Vocal Band, Bill & Gloria Gaither

About Mary, Did You Know?

"Mary, Did You Know?" is a Christmas song addressing Mary, mother of Jesus, with lyrics written by Mark Lowry in 1984, and music written by Buddy Greene in 1991. It was originally recorded by Christian recording artist Michael English on his self-titled debut solo album in 1991. At the time, English and Lowry were members of the Gaither Vocal Band, and Greene was touring with them. The song reached Number 6 on CCM Magazine's Adult Contemporary Chart. Lowry would record the song several times himself, most notably with the Gaither Vocal Band on their 1998 Christmas album, Still the Greatest Story Ever Told. The song has since gone on to become a modern Christmas classic, recorded by hundreds of artists over the years, across multiple genres. Different versions have reached the top ten in the Billboard R&B and Holiday charts. 


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1998
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Mary did you know that your baby boy will some day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when your kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.

Oh Mary did you know 

The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again.
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb 

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding is the great I am

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Mark Lowry

Mark Alan Lowry (born June 24, 1958) is a Christian comedian, author, songwriter, and singer, best known for co-writing the song "Mary, Did You Know?" Lowry performed with the Gaither Vocal Band from 1988–2001 and, in January 2009, he re-joined the group along with other "GVB" alumni Michael English and David Phelps. Lowry has recorded twelve albums, both music and comedy. more »

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Written by: Buddy Greene, Mark Lowry

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10 facts about this song

Creation and Songwriters
"Mary, Did You Know?" is a modern Christmas song created by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene. The song was written in 1991 and has become a popular Christmas carol with dozens of renditions sung by different artists.
Original Writers Intention
Mark Lowry penned the lyrics in 1984 as a series of questions that he would have liked to ask Mary, mother of Jesus. He wrote the lyrics while he was scripting a church Christmas play.
Buddy Greene Contribution
Buddy Greene wrote the music for the song in 1991, seven years after Lowry wrote the original lyrics.
First Recording
The song was first recorded by Michael English on his self-titled debut solo album in 1991. At the time, English and Lowry were members of the Gaither Vocal Band, and Greene was a recurring guest contributor.
Connection to the Gaither Vocal Band
All three composers (Mark Lowry, Buddy Greene, and Michael English) and the original recording are related to the Gaither Vocal Band, a popular American southern gospel group.
Song Theme
"Mary, Did You Know?" presents a series of probing questions to Mary, the mother of Jesus, asking if she was aware of the significant events that her son would one day be part of, thus emphasizing the divine nature of Jesus.
Popularity
Despite its late creation in comparison to many traditional carols, "Mary, Did You Know?" has become a Christmas classic. It has been covered by numerous artists across various genres, significantly contributing to its widespread popularity.
Reception
Critics have praised the song for its poignant lyrics and the powerful, emotional performances it often elicits. It has become especially popular in Christian and country music communities.
Notable Covers
Some notable artists who have covered the song include Mary J. Blige, CeeLo Green, Kenny Rogers, Wynonna Judd, Pentatonix, Carrie Underwood, and Reba McEntire.
Language Translations
"Mary, Did You Know?" has been translated into multiple languages and performed worldwide, reflecting its universal message and appeal.

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