Local Poet Makes It In Music Business



A small, conservative town in rural Arizona might seem like an unlikely place to produce the inspiration for some rock 'n' roll hits.

For Payson resident Ruth Lowman, it was just that.


Ruth Lowman

She wrote not one, but several songs that hit the top 10 Billboard charts in the U.S and overseas.

Lowman didn't write songs for anyone specifically.

It was her poetry that caught the attention of artists in the music industry, and they set her poetry to music.

Artists who have put her poetry to music include Kelly Clarkson, Rascal Flatts, Gnarls Barkley, Evanessence and Linkin Park.

Lowman said a friend of hers, Emma Bro, was the first person who suggested she try and market her poetry to musicians.

Lowman said she had a friend in the publishing business in Atlanta, to whom she sent some of her poetry.

He liked what she had written and ended up publishing several of her poems over the next few years.

One of the poems that interested singer Clarkson was about Lowman's sister, who she said had mental problems.

The poem was titled "Crazy" and Lowman was worried about her sister's reaction, if the title of the song remained the same as the poem she wrote.

Clarkson released her fifth single under the title "Walk Away" (Originally titled as the poem "Crazy") and it also went to the top ten in the U.S in 2006.

The other poem was titled "Walk Away" and had drawn the interest of country singer Barkley.

Barkley released "Crazy" (originally titled as the poem "Walk Away") in 2006, which went to the top ten in the U.S., and was number one in Great Britain.

The song also won a Grammy.

Lowman is a recent arrival in Payson, coming to the area just three months ago from Austin, Texas.

She came here to re-marry her ex-husband, Terry.

They were first married in 1987 and divorced in 1990.

"He just came home one day and said, ‘I don't know if I want to be married anymore.' So I said, ‘OK, let's go get a divorce. But he decided he just couldn't live without me, so here I am," Lowman said.

The couple has not yet remarried.

"We were supposed to get married right after I moved to Payson, but we have had so much to do, we just haven't gotten around to it," she said.

Terry operates Luna Mesa landscaping and is a scale modeler. He is a big inspiration to Lowman and her poetry.

"When I'm mad at him, I write. When I'm happy with him, I write. He pretty much inspires most of the things I put to pen and paper," she said.

Lowman will continue writing poetry for her own pleasure, but has no plans to actively market it.

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