It would be nearly impossible to interview a multitude of successful artists without including many who passed through the Cathedral Quartet. Some of the most successful and popular artists today were a part of, or were associated with, the legendary group. Recently, I got to sit down with my good friend, Scott Fowler, formerly of the Cathedrals, and currently of Legacy Five, as he recounted his story.
CM: Well, it's always a good idea to start with the basics. When and where were you born?
SF: I was born July 9th, 1966. I was the last born of four children my parents had. I am the baby of the family, as if you can't tell. I have an older brother and two older sisters, then little "Scotty-poo" came along. I was born at a hospital in St. Louis, MO, and that is where I lived until I was about 18 years old.
CM: Tell me about your parents and early life.
SF: I had great parents. My dad was a bi-vocational pastor; that means he had a regular job in addition to pastoring a small church. It was one of those churches where there weren't enough people to volunteer to get things done, so dad had to wear several "hats". Not only was he the pastor, he was also the maintenance man. When it rained, he'd have to go to church early Sunday morning to clean out the water that had leaked into the basement so he could teach his adult Sunday school class. Then he would head upstairs to lead the congregation in a few songs before he would preach. He was a wonderful man, and I've got a great heritage because of my family. I'm very proud of them.
When I was ten years old, my dad developed bone marrow cancer and fought it for about eight or nine years. He fought it until it took his life in 1985, when I was 18. It was a difficult time for me. I needed dad's wisdom, guidance, and mentorship, because that is such an important time in a young man's life. But the truth is, my dad did everything he could do before he passed, to instill values in me; he taught me right and wrong, and he taught me to live with character, honesty, and integrity. He left me a very valuable part of who he was; a part that death cannot take.
My mom was a wonderful, godly mother. She never complained. She was a care-giver for my dad day-in and day-out; all the while keeping the home alive and vibrant. My mother is still alive and doing well while living close to my sister and me in Franklin, TN, so we are able to help her now as she gets older.