Born in Orangeburg, South Carolina. At an early age it was declared by family members that she was born to sing. She embraced the gift of singing and she began singing melodies of traditional hymns, and spirituals. Music of many styles could be heard throughout her close knit neighborhood. As she recalls, Sunday was traveling day. She thoroughly enjoyed traveling with her churches’ gospel choir and attending quartet concerts. The home was often filled with a very diverse music collection, drama, and dancing. Home is where dreams began. Home is where she was encouraged to never stop singing because God had something special for her to do.
For many years she dreamed of life as a recording artist. She dreamed of touching hearts through songs. As a six year old Pamela performed her first public solo at Vacation Bible School. She sang “Jesus Loves Me.” From that day forward, under the strong guidance of her mother, she humbly began singing for other events, throughout her hometown and surrounding areas.
Upon graduating for Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Pamela was awarded a scholarship from South Carolina State University. While earning a degree in Music Education (voice), Pamela acquired the necessary vocal skills and musical knowledge that projected her to the next level. She performed leading roles as a member of the South Carolina State Collegiate Chorale and the Henderson Davis Players.
Following her collegiate experience, she joined Kenneth Bowman in holy matrimony. As a military spouse, she traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe. During their time of service, Kenneth was, and still is, a huge promoter and great supporter. While supporting her husband for over two decades, Pamela was committed to teaching k-12 music education, church musician, choral clinician, minister of music and mothering their two sons De’kwami and Chancery.
Never letting go of her childhood dream, Pamela performed with community choirs, church choirs, jazz, country, R&B, rock bands and theatrical groups. As a diverse performer, Pamela has won numerous awards.
While mesmerizing audiences with her powerful voice, God used her audience to speak to her. “God has something special for you to do.” Pamela became committed to devoting her talents to the church. However, commitment was brief. Consequently, she began to wrestle spiritually. She struggled to sing other genres. Each style transformed into a gospel rendition.
Finally, Pamela Harper-Bowman stopped running, turned around, opened her heart and listened to the sweet voice of Jesus Christ. She heard, “I have something special for you to do.” Thereby, Pamela is now fully committed to following God’s will for her life. She is presently the owner and operator of “Voice & Piano for the Novice” in Charlotte North Carolina www.voicepiano4thenovice.vpweb.com.
Throughout the Bible, God called out what seem to be insignificant people to do great things. Pamela Harper-Bowman, an ordinary person willing to do extraordinary things for an Omnipotent God. God’s love is amazing!