The Lowe Family doesn’t fit the mold.
Parents Robert and LeeAndra Lowe and children Kysha, Korinne, Kendra, Doug, Kara, Kami and Kayli love that their family is different. They wouldn’t have it any other way.
Collectively, the family of nine plays the violin, piano, harp, banjo, organ, marimba, drums, trumpet, mandolin, bass, bagpipes, guitar, Irish pennywhistle and bodhran. On top of that, they all sing and dance.
When the Lowe children were growing up, if you walked into any room in their house, you’d more than likely find somebody practicing.
“We’d all pick a different room in the house and go practice — the laundry room, bathroom, office, living room, bedroom (or) basement," Korinne said.
The older children would even race each other to get the best practice room in the morning before school — as early as 4 a.m.
“You would hear somebody get up in the morning, and if they got up before your alarm went off, you’d be out of bed and try to beat them down the stairs if you wanted a certain room," Doug said. "Otherwise you’d have to (practice) in the not-so-great room.”
Seven years into Robert and LeeAndra’s marriage, they knew that music was something they were supposed to do together as a family.
After years of the best training they could get their hands on and a lot of practice, the Lowe family performed and toured all over, combining instrumental music, singing and dancing. They eventually ended up in Branson, Mo., where they entertained and performed for 10 years. They’ve also appeared with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on its national TV and radio broadcast and have been special guests during the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and China’s New Year celebration televised internationally.
Recently, the Lowe family moved to Nashville where they are continuing to expand their talents, refine their show and tour. After a six-week fall tour and a short break, they are heading out on another five-week Christmas tour.
Are they sick of each other yet?
No way. They love being together — they’re the best of friends.
They admit they’re not perfect, but they’ve learned to work things out.
“When we first started touring, we toured in one car," Kami said. "There were nine seats and nine people. We were little. … Somebody touches you or you’re tired, and you have to learn to get along because you can’t get out of the car."
“The big difference in (our family) is that we learn to work it out at the end of the day,” Robert said. “Everybody goes to bed feeling the spirit of the Lord. … Is it easy? No. Is it worth it? Yes. That’s what Heavenly Father wants us to do.”
In their performances, the Lowes seek “to help people understand the importance of families, how people can work together and stay together.”
"We’re not perfect," Kara said. "We still have our disagreements … but when it comes down to it, the purpose is to help people in the audience feel what families should want to feel; like when they’re together, what love should feel like in a family.”
People from the audience often thank the Lowe family for their uplifting show.
“Our family mission statement is to bless, inspire and lift others," LeeAndra said. "Show after show (people) come and make comments and say, ‘I almost didn’t come today because I’ve been so depressed lately, but I’m glad I came because you’ve lifted me up.’”
Every so often they get to hear the details of just how much their show strengthened someone.
“A couple e-mailed our sponsor saying they were on the brink of a divorce," Kayli said. "After seeing our show, they wanted to work things through because they realized it was worth it, and their struggles weren’t worth losing their whole marriage and family over. It’s little things like that, even if we’re not playing to a million people every day or making millions of dollars. … It’s totally worth it when you hear stories like that.”
The Lowe family seeks to encourage other families to keep trying and to make a difference in the world together.
“It makes it worth it when you see that each family is just a drop in the bucket, but together, collectively, lots of families can do lots of good all over,” LeeAndra said.
The Lowe Family has the unique opportunity to work together even after the kids have grown up and are starting to have families of their own. While they could be doing many other things, they’ve chosen this.
“Many people say, ‘Oh I’ve got to get out of my house. I can’t stand my family, and I’ve got to get out on my own,'" Doug said. "This is our time to model how it’s going to be in the next life, where we’re practicing acting like eternal families. If we’re going to be together forever, or we hope to be together forever, then why don’t we start right now to learn to have more patience and love? I think the opportunity to do that has been presented by working together — you learn a lot of patience and how to have charity.”
“Especially where families are just crashing and burning today on every angle,” Robert said, “if we’re going to stand up and be counted for the gospel of Jesus Christ, we have to learn to work it out in families so that we have love, so we show kindness, so that in everything we do, we’re excited to be with each other. And that’s what happens in our family.”
The Lowe Family may not be the norm when it comes to their professions, but the love they share is definitely the kind of love Heavenly Father wants each of our families to have. Through their high-quality entertainment and faithful lives, they are sharing with the world that great strength and happiness can come when we love and value our families.
The Lowe Family kicks off their Christmas tour Nov. 12 in Louisburg, N.C., and tours all over the States ending Dec. 21 in Sandusky, Ohio. Visit the lowefamily.com for tour details and more information.