A songwriter who has written one of the most recognizable songs in the world (Mary Did You Know?) might be tempted to rest on his laurels. A performer who has played before 250,000 people in New York’s Central Park might consider curtailing his busy tour schedule. But Greene's passion for communicating the Gospel through music has not faded, it's only increased. As he celebrates his 30th anniversary as a recording artist, Buddy Greene is still making music and sharing it with audiences across the country and around the world.
“It’s a high calling to be able to carry the gospel in a song or sermon or whatever it is, but it’s something that we should approach with as much fear and trembling as we can because there’s a lot at stake. I don’t take lightly the fact that I get to carry the gospel to an audience.”
Greene knew at an early age that he wanted to connect with people through music. “My earliest memories are singing. When I was four or five-years-old, I remember singing ‘you ain’t nothing but a hound dog’” the Macon, GA native says referencing Elvis Presley’s early hit. “When I got older, I was finding neighborhood musicians and starting my own little band. I played all through high school, and even before I got out of college, I was moonlighting and trying to figure out how to make a living with it.”
Since taking up residence in Nashville, Greene has developed a reputation as an insightful songwriter, compelling vocalist and musician of considerable skill. “Working with people like Bill and Gloria [Gaither] has shown me a level of responsibility with what we do as gospel artists that is very important,” Greene shares.
“The thing I’m most joyful about in my music career is to have met so many wonderfully talented people and to be able to make some music with them along the way,” Greene says. “A lot of people I’ve worked with over the years are not well-known, just hard-working studio musicians, but you realize they have a special talent and wonderful personalities. You appreciate what they do and to be able to know them and make music with them and work on some projects together. It’s just been a huge privilege.”
These days, Greene can be found sharing his gifts in a variety of different venues. When he’s not writing and recording, he is often leading worship at various churches, participating in Gaither events or leading songwriting retreats and worship music workshops. “I might be a song leader in a worship service or might be doing a workshop on anything from harmonica playing to Christianity and the arts. I like the variety,” he says. “I’m just really grateful that I’ve been able to do what I love to do and realize my dream of playing music.”
"Buddy is one of those gentle, sweet spirits that invades the room with the presence of Christ. He is what Christian music should be.|Lastly, he's one of my dearest friends." Bill Gaither
"Buddy Greene is one of my best friends. I love watching Buddy live life -- he does it with grace, gusto and gratitude. Then he brings that Joy to the stage as one of the best communicators I know. You will be blessed!" Mark Lowry