Jimmy and Carol Owens are pioneers of Contemporary Christian Music. Their musical praise and prayer presentations Come Together, If My People and Heal Our Land have impacted nations. Dramatic musicals—Show Me!, The Glory of Christmas and The Witness—have brought thousands to Christ. The classic musical for children, Ants’hillvania, written with Cherry Boone O’Neill, was both a Grammy and a Dove Award Finalist as best recording for children. Ants’hillvania II: The Honeydew Adventure, and the Bee Attitudes albums have taught God’s character and ways to multitudes of enthusiastic kids.
The Owens’s book, Restoring a Nation’s Foundations, targeted for American intercessors, has also been adapted for the United Kingdom under the title Heal Our Land, to accompany the national prayer campaign there.
Their God Songs: How to Write and Select Songs for Worship, co-authored by Paul Baloche, was given the WorshipMusic.com Book of the Year Award in 2005.
Jimmy and Carol received the Christian Artists’ Music Achievement Award in 1986.
Jimmy was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame in 2001.
Jimmy and Carol have been married since 1954. Both of their children are in ministry: Jamie Owens Collins is a well-known recording artist, songwriter and speaker. Buddy Owens is an author and a Teaching Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.
School of Music Ministries International (SMMI)
Jimmy and Carol serve through the ministry of School of Music Ministries International, which they founded in 1991. The organization provides leadership in organizing ministry events, Christian prayer publications, spiritual development and mentoring of young Christian musicians and a base operation and oversight for those who have a history of Christian ministry through music and teaching. SMMI consists of related ministries who share this common vision and purpose.