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Since the ripe old age of three, Lora Greathouse has been singing on stage.  She began her “career” by accompanying her grandmother who led the choir on Sunday mornings.  “I remember she would tap her foot while the choir sang and I wondered how she could do that through the whole song,”  she smiles.  “I’d try to tap along with her.” 

At six, a man in her church who noticed her vocal talent made a deal with her.  He told her he would slip her a dollar bill each time she would sing.  Lora soon made her first solo appearance with her 10-year-old brother accompanying on piano. 

For years, Lora and brother Marty would practice faithfully on the old upright piano that sat out in their big red barn.  Growing up, she won several vocal competitions in school and sang at baseball games, graduations and more church services.  Her future in music was off to a great start. 

While music has always been a part of her life, the girl from Southern Illinois admits her life has not been one big smile.  A year and a half after marrying her husband, Tom, the couple decided to try and have a baby. After eight long months, the couple was overjoyed to find out they were expecting.  However, they had no time to share this information with their friends that happy day, as they were off to see one of their favorite Christian artists, John Cox, perform in a neighboring city.  “My husband wanted to talk to John after the concert,” she remembers.  “I wanted to get back and call people to let them know we were expecting a baby, but he insisted on waiting in line for 30 minutes to talk to John and his band.  During their conversation, he mentioned to John that we would like to work on a CD with him.  John said he had some time and would like to talk to us about it.”

A few weeks later, John called the couple and learned some bad news.  In late January 2002, Lora lost the baby she had waited so long to carry.  “It was such a shock,” remembers Lora as her voice begins to quiver.  “I never dreamed this would happen.  A few days after we learned that we had lost the baby, I remember that I was washing dishes when my husband brought his guitar into the kitchen and started plying this sweet little melody.  I knew right away it was a song about the baby even before he started singing the words, “Even though I never knew you, you’re still a part of me.”   The mourning couple handed the beginning of a song over to John Cox to complete.  The song would eventually become “At the Throne”, shortly before Lora lost her second baby. 

While she has always had a heart for women’s ministry, Lora soon became overwhelmed with the impact that miscarriages had on society.  She began to sing and share her story at area women’s conferences.  “When I speak at a conference or talk with people one-on-one, I don’t mind telling people of my mistakes and misfortunes,” Lora says.  “People can relate to your failures much more than your successes.” 

Lora’s vulnerability is like a magnetic force that draws hurting women to her, many who have also had a miscarriage.  “I have people come to me all the time in tears telling me stories similar to mine-after conferences, even at the car wash days later,” she says.  “No one has written a song about miscarriage before, but my doctor told me that 80% of women have at least one miscarriage in their life.  It’s phenomenal how many women are still grieving about the loss of their baby.” 

John Cox has also seen Lora’s great potential for reaching women.  “Her ministry is towards moms-soccer moms that don’t really match up with what the world is telling them to look like,” John says.  “She is humble and meek and very open with her struggles and imperfections.  I think a lot of women feel like this and need to know they are not alone.” 

Seeing a strong ministry-minded woman matched with a unique voice that could only be compared to Emmy Lou Harris or Alison Krauss, John penned 10 songs for Lora, then headed to the studio as producer.  Accompanied by Sonicflood members Tom Michael (bass), Todd Shay (guitar) and Brett Vargason (drums), they produced an adult contemporary/pop album chock full of radio singles. With it’s rock edge, the title cut “Face to Face,” is an encouraging tune that discusses the time when Christians get to heaven and meet God face to face.  The hooky chorus says “Its alright/it’s okay/someday you’ll fully understand/don’t be afraid/it’s worth the wait/someday we’ll see him face to face. 

Lora also did a remake of “This Hand I Hold,” originally found on John’s Sunny Day (release), but turned it into a sweet ballad.  The song is accompanied by acoustic guitars and soft piano, but retains the comforting chorus, “This very hand I hold/it makes the wind obey/chases my fears away…”

 The edgy modern worship song, “I Bow Down,” holds special meaning for Lora.  “I can remember a few times when something special happened in my life, my mom would say that God has looked down and smiled on me.  Without knowing that,  John penned “I Bow Down,”  which says “God has looked down and shined his face on me.”  The song continues on to say, “I bow down/ and lift you up/ like the ones who came before me/ and the ones who will believe.”

 Lora knows worship well, as she leads worship at WWJD Youth Outreach, a church that her and her family helped found four years ago.  After being asked to leave two other churches because of the 75 under-privileged children they bussed in each week, they decided to start their own church in a warehouse in a local indigent neighborhood.  “We minister to a lot of low-income, neglected and abused children that have terrible home lives,” Lora says.  “The whole church service is geared towards kids.  We sit on beanbags instead of pews; we have a basketball hoop by the pulpit; there is a graffiti-style picture of Jesus on the outside of the warehouse.  The kids love it and are really hungry for Jesus.”

 The church kids have quickly been some of Lora’s biggest fans and her biggest encouragement.  “They are so excited about the album,” she says.  “It’s so amazing to me that the songs and the album have already touched people that are close to me.  My little nephews, my brother, who is currently turned away from the Lord, and the women who I hope are starting to heal from the pain of miscarriage and the pain of low self-esteem.  If this album can minister to more people on a  national level, that would be great, I would love that.  But, if it just continues to work in the lives of the people it has already touched, then it was worth it.  I’m happy… and I believe God is smiling.”