Impromptu
Pilot asks famous gospel singer for favor at airpot that turns into impromptu performance
The pilot saw Mark Lowry and asked him for a favor he won't forget. πŸ’˜
Michael Dabu
03.24.23

People from all walks of life come and go through the airport. It’s where people reunite with their long-separated loved ones.

It’s also where some people start their journey to other countries where they look for greener pastures.

And sometimes, it’s where greatness happens.

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Airports, perhaps, hold the happiest, saddest, and most unforgettable moments of countless people around the world.

We are referring not only to passengers but also to the crew and pilots.

This pilot, in particular, just had one of the greatest moments of his life when he ran into a famous personality.

He’s a well-known gospel singer.

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During a layover in Lynchburg, Virginia, a pilot from Florida named David Bennett was just minding his business.

Then on his way, amidst the swarm of passengers dashing through the atrium, he spotted a familiar face.

It was none other than the American singer, comedian, minister, and songwriter loved by so many.

It was Mark Lowry.

Lowry is popularly known for co-writing the song “Mary, Did You Know?” and for being a member of the Gaither Vocal Band from 1988 to 2001, and from 2009 to 2013, along with Michael English, Guy Penrod, David Phelps, and Bill Gaither.

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For over 40 years of being in the industry, Mark Lowry has already played alongside some of the greatest names in music, like Reba McEntire, Clay Aiken, Kenny Rogers, and Wynonna Judd.

Since he started his career, Lowry has recorded a total of twelve albums in both music and comedy.

Bennett thought it’d be a good idea to be a sudden part of Lowry’s career.

Would Lowry accept?

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YouTube Screenshot - Mark Lowry

The pilot then decided to approach Lowry and humbly asked the great musician for a favor: to sit and listen to him play a song on the airport piano.

To the pilot’s surprise, Lowry wholeheartedly granted the simple request.

After all, Bennett is indeed a fan and it would be great to engage with him through nothing but music.

Mark isn’t used to being the audience.

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YouTube Screenshot - Mark Lowry

The two gentlemen then sat together in front of the airport piano and Lowry started to film his fan play it.

The Floridian pilot was set to play β€œJust A Closer Walk With Thee,” a hymn with lyrics lifted directly from the Bible.

It was an absolute musical treat inside the airport, as soon as he started hammering through the piano keys.

Mark was surprised enough by Bennett’s talent that he couldn’t hold back.

Mark started singing with him.

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YouTube Screenshot - Mark Lowry

He then asked Bennett if he has ever played professionally before.

To Lowry’s surprise, the pilot admitted that he used to play for Sounds of Liberty, a barbershop acapella group based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

An instant celebrity.

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YouTube Screenshot - Mark Lowry

Although there weren’t a lot of people who witnessed the performance, it became a quick hit online.

Lowry uploaded the video on YouTube.

“I was arriving at the airport in Lynchburg when a pilot, David Bennett, asked me if I wanted to hear him play the piano. Of course, I did. He sat down at a piano in the airport lobby and this is what happened.” he wrote in the video’s description.

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YouTube Screenshot - Mark Lowry

The video is proving to be quite the hit and possibly indicates this humble pilot may have a music career ahead of him yet.

Hear these two beautiful souls belt out an impromptu airport gospel duet in the video below!

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By Michael Dabu
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Michael Dabu is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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