John Bowman Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

John Bowman Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

  1. What is your latest cd and how is it doing?

My latest cd is “The Hole.” It was just released on September 29th. So far, it is being received very well online and at the services I preach and sing in.

  1. Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc.).

I decided this cd would be a 6 song ep. The way the business is working today, singles are what dj’s are playing. So, I decided to cut six potential singles. 4 to Gospel radio and 2 to bluegrass radio/media. There are 3 original songs on the project: “I Didn’t Drive the Nails,” by Marc Wheeler, “The Hole,” by Skip Ewing, and “Little Bit,” written by Barry Hutchens. I also recorded the old Easter brothers song, “You Oughta Been There,” or “Johnny Ran the Pews.” And finally, I recorded the bluegrass gospel standard, “Talk It All Over With Him,” and the Merle Haggard tune, “Silverthorn Mountain.”

  1. Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?

“The Hole” is about priorities. The man in the song hopes to bring happiness by trying to find gold, but the writer makes the point that doesn’t lead to happiness. Riches and treasures of this world will fade away, but treasures laid up in heaven will never rot, rust, or be stolen!

  1. As an artist, you have so many tasks such as recording, touring, and interviews. What do you like best, what’s your favorite activity?

I still love the interaction with the people. Whether I’m singing or preaching, there’s nothing like seeing someone realize that Jesus is the Messiah and accept Him as their Saviour. I blessed in that my “job” is my favorite activity.

  1. What was your big break that got you into the music business?

I was playing with a local group in Bristol, Tennessee called The Appalachian Trail. Doyle Lawson produced an album we made in 1990. In 1991, a job came open with Doyle’s group, Quicksilver. I tried out for the job and eventually became the tenor singer/ guitarist for the band.

  1. What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?

I’m currently writing a book about those very things! There are so many. Being with Alison Krauss and Union Station when they became members of the Grand Ole Opry, Playing at Carnegie Hall with The Isaacs, meeting John Hagee and TD Jakes, the birth of my children, Dove award nominations, Dove award with the Isaacs, Grammy Award nomination with The Boxcars. But the greatest achievement is to see that lost soul come to Christ. That’s eternal work. I’m so thankful God can use someone like me to further His Kingdom.

  1. What hopes and desires do you have?

I hope to do more singing and preaching all over the country. This is what God called me to do. I long to see souls saved and people blessed through the ministry God has entrusted to me.

  1. What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?

They will see a man who loves music and loves God. I record and perform songs that speak to me in hopes they’ll speak to others. It’s all about glorifying God and his Son, Jesus the Christ.

  1. Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

Yes, I do. They will see my schedule and upcoming events. They will read my story and see photos of my family. Plus, updates on current events happening in the ministry.

  1. What message would you like to send to your European fans?

That God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His Son, Jesus, is the answer to all of life’s problems. That my message doesn’t change, no matter what state or country I’m in: Jesus Christ is risen from the dead and sits at the right hand of the Father making intercession for you and I. There is nothing impossible with God. He has all things in his hands!

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