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Lowell Pye

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Biography

A gospel artist with a powerful voice and a passionate vocal style, Lowell Pye was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 28, 1970. Pye was only four years old when he began singing at services at the First Fellowship church in Detroit, and as a boy he was a member of a gospel vocal group, the Junior Echos. In 1990, Pye's talents moved to the national stage when he was discovered by John P. Kee and became part of Kee's New Life Community Choir. After establishing himself as one of the New Life Choir's strongest voices, Pye joined a new group in 1996, Men of Standard, with Michael Bacon, Isaac Carree, and Bryan Pierce. The group became popular on the gospel circuit, releasing a steady stream of albums that fared well on the gospel charts, even after Bacon left the group in 2005. After Men of Standard went on hiatus, Pye made his debut as a solo artist in 2010 with the album Finally, released by the Universal-distributed Miralex label. The album peaked at number 10 on the gospel charts, and Pye dropped a second solo album in 2014. Transformed was issued by Entertainment One Records, and rose to 22 on the Gospel charts. The title Transformed referred not only to Pye's spiritual growth but a dramatic physical change. At his heaviest, Pye claims to have weighed over 400 pounds, but in 2012 he went on a weight loss regimen in the interest of his health. Pye later became part of an informal movement in which gospel artists challenged one another, as well as their fans, to face obesity and its attendant health problems head on. ~ Mark Deming

Born:

28 March 1970 in Detroit, MI

Genre
Years Active:

'90s, '00s, '10s

Contemporaries