Willie French Lowery is a Lumbee Indian from Robeson County, North Carolina and has over forty years of experience as a professional singer, songwriter and guitarist. He has performed with artists such as Floyd Westerman, Ulali, The Allman Brothers, and Clyde McPhatter, and has recorded with several musical groups including “Plant and See” (White Whale Records) and “Lumbee” (Radnor Records). With “Lumbee,” Lowery’s single “Streets of Gold” reached #1 in East coast markets. He has published over 500 songs which have been recorded by numerous gospel, rock, country and R&B artists.
He composed the original songs for Strike At the Wind!, an outdoor drama that tells the story of Lumbee hero Henry Berry Lowery. Willie Lowery’s solo albums include “Proud to be a Lumbee,” “A Tribute to Old Main,” and “Thunder Beings of Light,” all of which he recorded as educational tributes to his history and culture. His tribute to Henry Berry, “Henry Berry Lowery is My Hero,” was performed by the North Carolina Symphony in 1986 and 1987, under the direction of Jackson Parkhurst.
He has performed in public schools in Robeson County and throughout North Carolina, and he has been named “Tarheel of the Week” for his work with Indian youth and his contributions to North Carolina history. For nine years he produced and recorded dozens of artists at Soundsation Recording Studio in Lumberton, NC. After living in Cambridge, MA for three years, where he perfected his talents as a painter, he moved to Durham, N.C. where he continues to write, paint, and perform.
For more information on Willie’s music and accomplishments can be found at lumbeebibliography.net.
View Willie’s Resume here.