This song was written and recorded first by Mark Lowry, but I enjoy this version best (with the Gaither Vocal Band backing up Lowry)… included on their Christmas album, Still The Greatest Story Ever Told.
Mark Alan Lowry (born June 24, 1958) is an American Christian singer, comedian, and songwriter. He is known for writing this song and being a member of the Gaither Vocal Band from 1988 to 2001, and 2009 to 2013. Lowry has recorded 12 albums, both music and comedy.
In 1984, Lowry wrote the lyrics to this song, when asked to write a script for a church Christmas play. He wrote a series of questions that he would like to ask Mary, the mother of Jesus. These questions were used in between the scenes of the play. Over the next decade, Lowry tried to find music that would complete the song. Eventually, musician and songwriter Buddy Greene wrote the music to the song. The Christmas play script then became the song. This song has become a popular Christmas song performed by many artists.
Buddy Greene (born October 30, 1953) is an American singer, songwriter, guitar player and harmonica player. Most of his recordings consist of gospel music with a distinctly Southern gospel flavor. Much of his music is influenced by country music and bluegrass music. Greene grew up in Macon, Georgia. He is considered a harmonica legend by many, and once played a classical harmonica medley at Carnegie Hall.
The Gaither Vocal Band is an American southern gospel vocal group, named after its founder and leader Bill Gaither. Although the group started out recording Contemporary Christian music in the 1980s, it became known for Southern Gospel after the popularity of the Gaither Homecoming videos.
The lineup of the band changes often, with artists leaving to work on solo careers, and new and old ones coming to replace them. Besides Bill Gaither, singers with the longest tenure in the band include Guy Penrod (1995–2008), Mark Lowry (1988–2002, 2009–13), Michael English (1985–94, 2009–13), David Phelps (1997–2005, 2009–17) and Wes Hampton (2005–present).
The roster for this Christmas song was David Phelps – tenor; Guy Penrod – lead;
Mark Lowry – baritone; and Bill Gaither – bass.
The band has released 29 albums (not including compilations), at least 19 of which have charted. The band has also released 10 DVDs, which feature many other Christian artists as well. The Gaither Vocal Band has been honored with 2 Grammys and 17 Dove Awards.
I confess… this song may be my least favorite Christmas song. I think its lyrics and tune are really good… but I’ve heard it so… many… times….
Bible Reference… Matthew 2:11,12; Luke 1:26-56; 2:1-20
Mary, did you know that your baby Boy will some day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your baby Boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you!
Mary, did you know that your baby Boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know that your baby Boy will calm a storm with His hand?
Did you know that your baby Boy has walked where angels trod?
And, when you kiss your little Baby, you have kissed the face of God.
Oh, Mary, did you know…?
The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again,
the lame will leap, the dumb will speak the praises of the Lamb!
Mary, did you know that your baby Boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know that your baby Boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby Boy is Heaven’s perfect Lamb?
This sleeping Child you’re holding is the great I Am!