Lawrence Gowan

Born Nov 22, 1956

Lawrence Henry Gowan is a Scottish-born Canadian musician. Gowan has been both a solo artist and the current lead vocalist and keyboardist of the band Styx, since May 1999. His musical style is usually classified in the category of progressive rock.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Lawrence Gowan.


1956 Birth Born on November 22, 1956.


1976 19 Years Old Upon graduation, he enjoyed modest local success with the band Rhinegold in 1976.


1982 25 Years Old After the band broke up five years later, Gowan began what was to become a successful solo career under the stage name Gowan, releasing his first album under that name in 1982, which was produced by Rob Freeman and featured Kim Mitchell of Max Webster on guitar. … Read More
1985 28 Years Old His 1985 album Strange Animal was his commercial breakthrough in Canada, produced by British producer David Tickle and featuring a more 'theatrical' Gowan, backed by Peter Gabriel's rhythm section players Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta. … Read More


1987 30 Years Old His 1987 follow up Great Dirty World gave him another hit single with "Moonlight Desires," featuring Jon Anderson (from Yes) on backing vocals as well as the fan favourite "Dedication". … Read More
1993 36 Years Old He released the more acoustic but you can call me Larry in 1993 under his full name, returning to the Canadian pop charts with "When There's Time for Love", "Soul's Road" and "Dancing on My Own Ground".
1995 38 Years Old He subsequently released The Good Catches Up in 1995, which featured the single "Guns and God", which received moderate airplay in Canada. … Read More


1997 40 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1997, Gowan released two live CDs: Sololive – No Kilt Tonight containing a rendition of Ragtime's classic "King Chanticleer Rag", and Au Québec with a cover of Harmonium's "Pour un instant" as well as his first composition in French, "Stéphanie", for his fan base in Quebec.
1998 41 Years Old In 1998, Gowan was the recipient of the National Achievement Award at the annual SOCAN Awards in Toronto.
2005 48 Years Old His song "A Criminal Mind" was covered in 2005 by Canadian hip-hop artist Maestro; Gowan appears in the video and his vocals are sampled on the track. … Read More
2006 49 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2006, Gowan did four orchestra-accompanied concerts in London, Ontario and Kitchener, Ontario.


2010 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 2010, Gowan released "Return of the Strange Animal", a remastered version of 1985's "Strange Animal" plus a making-of documentary and music videos on DVD.
In May 2012, Gowan re-issued a remastered version of 1987's "Great Dirty World".
2013 56 Years Old 1 More Event
On 13 October 2013 Gowan played a solo concert, titled 'In Kilt Tonight' at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Canada. … Read More
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