Scotland-born singer/songwriter Lawrence Gowan has been part of the Canadian music scene since 1976.
He began playing piano at age 10 and after graduation enjoyed modest local success with his first band, Rheingold. Gowan began his successful solo career under the stage name Gowan, releasing his first (and eponymous) album in 1982.
His 1985 album Strange Animal was his first Canadian commercial breakthrough, spawning hit singles “A Criminal Mind” and “Cosmetics.” His 1987 followup album Great Dirty World, saw another hit single with “Moonlight Desires.”
During a tour of England, he played an original piece with the London Symphony, at the opening of The Princess Diana Memorial Service. In 1998, he was awarded the prestigious National Achievement Award from the Society of Composers and Music Publishers of Canada and has received several SOCAN awards for songs surpassing the 100,000 air-play mark.
Gowan has one Casby Award and has been nominated for 12 Juno awards, winning two. He’s had six Canadian Top 10 songs, four platinum and three gold albums and one gold single.
Gowan joined rock group STYX in 1999 and continues to tour the USA, Europe, Great Britain and Canada with STYX today.