Lou Gramm: The onetime lead singer of Foreigner speaks about his faith

Wednesday 20th March 2013

Tony Cummings and Mike Rimmer quizzed "the voice of Foreigner", LOU GRAMM

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Mike: There had been lineup changes hadn't there?

Lou: There definitely had. And I think Mike Patto was singing.

Mike: Oh, right, I wonder whether people are going to Foreigner shows right now and having similar disappointments?

Lou: I wouldn't doubt it. There are not that many recognisable faces in there.

Tony: Does it irritate you or disappoint you that there is a band out there which isn't really Foreigner as most people associate the name and do you think they really shouldn't be using the name?

Lou: I know that it's Mick's name and legally he has the right to use it but it seems to me that his big worry back in the day was that my solo albums would run the band's name into the ground. That was not a worry at all actually, as it turned out. But look what he's doing.

Mike: With the legacy and everything. But it's not unusual in rock and roll is it or in soul music? I don't know how many versions of the Drifters or the Temptations have been out there doing stuff.

Lou: Exactly. I guess that's just the way of the world, right?

Mike: It is. Had you become a Christian when "I Want To Know What Love Is" was recorded?

Lou: I wasn't actually. I didn't give my heart to the Lord till 1991.

Mike: So what was going through your heart as you were recording the song?

Lou: A lot of turmoil. And a lot of self-doubt and searching for the right thing.

Tony: But looking back on the lyric now, it's almost a prayer, isn't it?

Lou: It sure is.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Cara Bradley in Alabama @ 21:10 on Jan 6 2019

But all things can be accomplished with god. You still have your wife and family. I know this. I am a single mother who raised my daughter by myself. There were tough times. I lost my entire family to cancer and i had to battle it 3 times myself. I turned myself over to god and he has allowed me to see my daughter grown and in college. So if through all this you and your wife made it through then treasure it because it is for keeps. God bless and keep you well.

Posted by Karen orzo in Alliance Ohio @ 01:30 on Mar 7 2018

I love lou Gramms voice especially singing i want to know what love Is i have my little Great Grandaughters singing too as we watch lou in farm side concert 1985. I love Lou even more reading how He turned his life over to the lord got off drugs survived a brain tumor hes had a amazing life yes been thru hell and back but came out on top bc ofhis faith to the Lord. Hes the Greatest.

Posted by Joann Hesseltine in Charleston @ 04:04 on Aug 22 2017

Lou Gramm has the most outstanding vocal that I have ever heard his songs have more meaning and I wouldn't mind the walk to the Lord with him courageous gentle and made it through a lot none of us a perfect but he sure has tried thanks for giving me the opportunity to listen to your words and to hear your voice Foreigner will never be the same without you.

Posted by Carolyn S. Church in Toledo, OH @ 11:09 on Dec 17 2016

I have been lucky to have seen Foreigner several times with Lou. I met him once with my daughter after a concert in Toledo,OH.. After Lou had the successful brain surgery my daughter & I went to see him (with Foreigner) in Clarkson,MI. We were both very grateful that he was alive & able to sing again. We both cried because Lou's voice didn't seem as strong & his rhythm was slightly off. Not sure how much time passed but, I went to see Foreigner with Lou again. I was lucky to be in the 1st row & after the concert I told Lou that his voice & rhythm was better. He smiled & mouthed thanks. I haven't been able to see Lou again since he has been performing with his brothers. Hopefully someday - soon. I will never go to another Foreigner concert because without Lou there is no Foreigner. Thanks to the Neuro-Surgeon & God Lou is alive & performing!

Reply by Randy in Mentucky @ 05:29 on Aug 24 2017

Yeah I saw foreigner with Lou in Germany and montrose opened for them in 1982 he sounded just like the album foreigner 4 was hot . He was a small guy with muscles and a huge voice. The Lee will be many close but just not as good as Lou he was great to us veterans best concert I ever saw

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Posted by Carole Scala in Saint Cloud, FL @ 02:24 on Mar 21 2013

Years ago, I had the experience of seeing Pavarotti perform in Tampa. At that performance, I recognized that Pavrotti was just a vehicle that the Lord was using to inspire a deeper sense of spirituality. I have been a long-time fan of Lou Gramm. When I hear his voice I recognize that the Lord has also given him the same gift. Through Lou Gramm and his faith, however, we also witness the love of the Lord. Thank you for your journey to faith; we have all learned through your continued committment to the Lord that, "If we seek, we shall find."

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