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The Bowlings Bio
The trio consists of Mike Bowling and his wife, Kelly and alto Terah Crabb Penhollow. They bring you their stories and songs in a way that is reminiscent of days gone by. To watch them perform reminds us of a time when "all night singings" were the norm, and folks lined up early to visit with the singers and musicians. As in most things, musical styles come full circle. What is old is new, and what is new is old!! Musically, Mike, Kelly and Terah make us realize this. Somehow they have created a sound that is as refreshing as the trio sounds of the early 70s. Mike has often been referred to as the vocal stylist of the day; however, the completion is so obvious with Kelly and Terah by his side. History will note that they have been true to the excellence of their ability without diminishing or distancing the listener. Refreshing!!!
The Bowling Family are no strangers to the Christian music world having a long list of accomplishments during their vocal careers. While Mike began singing and playing piano at a very young age, he had a very impressive musical beginning at only 16 years old; a two year span with the legendary LeFevres. Mike then went on to earn a degree in Respiratory Therapy before returning to the music world. In 1995, he joined the New Hinsons, a perfect blend considering Mike’s vocals are very distinctively similar to those of the late Kenny Hinson. After lending his vocal abilities to several of their high-charting songs, Mike went on to join another successful family group, the Perrys. While with the Perrys, Mike was featured on songs such as "God Sent Angels," "By Faith I Can Touch Him Now," "Not Even A Stone," "Redeemed," "When He Spoke," and many others.
After Mike’s marriage to Kelly, Kelly sang with her family…the Crabb Family, Mike spent the next six years traveling as a soloist garnering a tremendous amount of success. In fact, he has been noted as the first Southern Gospel soloist to achieve back to back number one positions on the Singing News Top 80 charts. Kelly spent more than 15 years with her family, The Crabb Family. During that time they were the recipients of three GRAMMY nominations, 11 Dove Awards, 16 number one songs and numerous other accomplishments. Kelly’s unmistakable voice could be heard on the family's hits "Don't You Wanna Go," "Good Day," "Jesus Will Do What You Can't," "Trail Of Tears," as well as singing harmonies on all the others. After the birth of the Bowling's third child, Kelly realized it was time to join her husband on stage as Mike & Kelly Bowling.
In August 2009, Terah Crabb Penhollow officially joined Mike and Kelly on stage full-time and the group changed their name to the Bowling Family. Terah previously traveled with her sister, Kelly, and her three brothers as the Crabb Family. Terah is known for being soft spoken off stage, but an amazing talent onstage. She is most known for her lead vocals on “He’ll Make A Way,” “Traveling On,” “Jesus In A Song” and “I’ve Come to Take You Home.” Terah sings with an instantly recognizable sweet anointing. Terah and her husband Jonathon have one son, Logan, and reside in Tennessee.
The Bowling Family has appeared on the Gaither Homecoming series concerts and videos, TBN, during Gospel Music Week’s Dove Awards, at GMA’s Seminar in the Rockies and numerous other major events. Their debut release, Faith To Believe, has garnered a record four number one songs (“We Have A Saviour,” “Your Cries Have Awoken The Master,” “A Miracle Today” and “Notified”), as well as the 2008 Song of the Year (“Your Cries Have Awoken The Master).
The Bowling Family is excited to be in ministry together. They know that all roads have led to this time and this place! God's timing is perfect and they are aware that much work must be done. The world is in need of the Gospel. The power of a song as a tool to reach the masses, once again is witnessed. The careers and ministries that Mike, Kelly and Terah have enjoyed thus far is humbling for them. Life has been sweet. But,oh how sweet is the thought of a young family, a "new" vision, passion and gratefulness for the collective calling, as a family? As long as there is a song and a place to sing it, the Bowling Family is committed to making Gospel music together. With Mike and Kelly’s three girls in tow the future is bright, and who knows how many Bowling girls will be on that stage with them in the future!
Collectively, Mike, Kelly and Terah have garnered:
23 #1 songs
3 GRAMMY® nominations
19 Dove Award nominations
11 Dove Awards including multiple "Song Of The Year" Dove wins for Country, Southern, and Traditional.
SoGospel News Award for Male Vocalist and Female Vocalist
18 SoGospel News Awards
Regulars on the Grand Ole Opry.
Multiple appearances on Gaither video series.
Featured on the Gaither video tribute to the Crabb Family (playing on television networks, 2009, 2010.)
The Bowlings are the only artist in Southern Gospel to have four #1 songs on one album (Faith To Believe.)
Mike, Kelly and Terah (collectively) have sold more than 1.2 million recordings.
Performances at major music festivals from Morocco to Country Music's Fanfare held in Nashville.
Performances at Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Tabernacle, The Potter's House, to name a few.
This trio has taken radio and Christian music by storm. They are quickly positioning themselves as the
group to watch. As we grow to love this wonderful meld of Crabb/Bowling music our sense of their purpose is obvious. These people love great songs, know how to deliver them, and obviously love God and ministry!
For all the folks that grieved the loss of the Crabb Family. Give the Bowlings a listen. You won't be disappointed.