|Selected Professional Work
Co-Owner, Producer, and Sound Engineer, 1994-2003
Soundsation Recording Studio, Lumberton, NC
Willie French Lowery Publishers, Lumberton, NC
Composed and published over 500 songs, recorded by folk, rock, pop, gospel, and R&B artists. Affiliated with BMI.
Musical Director and Composer/Arranger, 1976-present
Strike At the Wind! Outdoor Drama, Pembroke, NC
Jingle Composer, 1987-1999
Allan Lorber Productions, New York, NY
Director of Creative Arts, 1978-1984
Center for the Arts, Pembroke, NC
Music Director, 1978
Music of the Lumbees, Television Documentary, Channel 4 Productions. Project Manager: Bill Young, Chapel Hill, NC
Stand As One Musical Drama, North Carolina Indian Cultural Center, Pembroke, NC
Willie's Performance at the Grand Opening of the National Museum of the American Indian, 2003
Thunder Beings of Light, 1998
Album of instrumental, traditional Native American music. All materials published by Willie French Lowery Publishing Co. All songs written by Willie French Lowery. Produced and engineered by Willie French Lowery, at Soundsation Recording Studio, Lumberton, NC.
Captain of the Ship, 1993
Album recorded with The Beacon Lights. Southern Gospel. All materials published by Willie French Lowery Publishing Co. All songs written and produced by Willie French Lowery. Recorded at Daxwood Studios, Fayetteville, NC. Single Pick up the Cross and Follow Me recorded by The Cook Brothers; Let Us Meet Where the Rivers Run Cold recorded by the Singing Cooks.
Party Life, 1980
Single performed by Symbol Eight, MCA Records; rose to # 68 on the Top 100 Soul Chart.
Tribute to Old Main, 1979
Album of songs in tribute to the history of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Old Main, a historic structure built in 1927 and renovated in 1979. All materials written and published by Willie French Lowery Publishing Co. All songs written by Willie French Lowery. Lead guitar, lead vocal. Produced and engineered by Willie French Lowery at Mega Sound Studio, Bailey, NC.
Proud to Be a Lumbee, 1979, re-released 2004
Album of children’s songs for Lumbee Regional Development Association, Pembroke, NC. All materials published by Willie French Lowery Publishing Co. All songs (except one) written by Willie French Lowery. Lead guitar, lead vocal. Produced by Willie French Lowery at Mega Sound Studio, Bailey, NC. Engineer: Richard Royall.
Strike At the Wind! Original Soundtrack Album, 1976
All materials published by Willie French Lowery Publishing Co. All music arranged by Willie French Lowery; five songs written by Willie French Lowery. Produced by Willie French Lowery at Mega Sound Studio, Bailey, NC. Engineer: Richard Royall.
Streets of Gold, 1970
Single released from Overdose. Rose to #1 on the Top 100 Pop Chart in Virginia, Philadelphia, North and South Carolina. Named Pick of the Week by ABC Network in New York City.
Album recorded with Lumbee, Radnor Records. All songs written by Willie French Lowery. Lead guitar, lead vocal. Produced by Dino, Sembello, and Perry, recorded in Philadelphia. Materials published by Makifa Publishing Co.
Plant and See, 1969
Album recorded with Plant and See, White Whale Records. All songs (except one) written by Willie French Lowery. Lead guitar, lead vocal. Produced by Gary Klein, recorded at Allegro Sound Studios, New York. Materials published by Commonwealth United Music, a product of Koppelman-Rubin Associates, Inc.
Selected Musical Performances
Solo Performer, 1980-present
Selected engagements include the Grand Opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, DC), the National Indian Education Association (Buffalo, NY, Myrtle Beach, SC, and Greensboro, NC), Tokyo, Japan, Cambridge, MA, Atlanta, GA, Monterey, CA, Chapel Hill, NC, Lumberton, NC, Fayetteville, NC, Ocean Isle, NC, Virginia Beach, VA, Myrtle Beach, SC, Macon, GA, Warner-Robins, GA, Valparaiso, FL. Special performances in North Carolina public schools (Robeson, Scotland, and Halifax Counties), at Lumbee Homecoming events (Pembroke, NC), at powwows and festivals nationwide, at the North Carolina Consortium on Indian Education (Charlotte, NC), and at the American Indian Community House (New York, NY).
Vocalist and Musician, 1999
Red Sky Production Tour Company. Engagements in Phoenix, AZ and New York, NY.
Musical Director, 1973-1976
Willie Lowery and the Lumbees. Management: Koppleman-Rubin, New York; Producer: Gary Klein.
Guest Artist, 1973
Joe Savage Band. Benefit Performances in New Orleans, LA and Hershey, PA, for the National Association for the Mentally Retarded.
Musical Director, 1970-1972
Clyde McPhatter’s Band on Tour. Performances in major cities of Europe, the Caribbean, and North America.
Vocalist, Musician, and Songwriter, 1963-1970, 1984-1987
Lumbee. Record Label: Radnor Records, New York. Manager: Don Perry. Toured with the Allman Brothers, Brooklyn Bridge, Linda Ronstadt, Canned Heat, Tower of Power, and others.
Vocalist, Musician and Songwriter, 1968-1969
Plant and See. Record Label: White Whale/Columbia Records, Los Angeles; Bond Records, Philadelphia. Manager: Koppelman-Rubin, Commonwealth United, Inc.
Vocalist, Musician, and Songwriter, 1967-1970
Corporate Image. Record Label: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, New York. Producer: Allan Lorber. Managers: Ron Peters and Don Perry.
Vocalist, Musician, and Songwriter, 1963-1966
Hudson Dusters. Affiliated with Bell Sound Studios, New York. Manager: Vince Mart.
Selected Honors and Recognition
Eagle Feather Honoring Ceremony, 2006
Presented by the Chairman and Council of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, for Lifetime Achievement and Service to the Lumbee people.
Appreciation Award, 2000
Culture Fest, UNC-Pembroke, Pembroke, NC
North Carolina Symphony, 1986-1987
The symphony performed Lowery’s original song, Henry Berry Lowery is My Hero, at its year-long Education Concert Program Tour, under the direction of Jackson Parkhurst, Assistant Conductor.
Tarheel of the Week, November 11, 1979
News & Observer, Raleigh, NC. Honored for service to North Carolina in composing the music for Strike at the Wind and Proud to be a Lumbee.
Hinda Honigman Composer’s Cup, 1979
North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs, Raleigh, NC
Certificate of Award for Outstanding Services, 1977
Greater New Orleans Association for Retarded Citizens, New Orleans, LA