- 2014 SOCAN Classic Award Recipient (more than 100,000 radio plays) for "A Criminal Mind," "Dancing On My Own Ground," and "(You`re A) Strange Animal"
- 2003 SOCAN Classic Award Recipient for "Moonlight Desires"
- 1998 SOCAN National Achievement Award Winner
- 1991 Juno Award Nominee – Male Vocalist of the Year
- 1987 Juno Award Nominee – Canadian Entertainer of the Year
- 1987 Juno Award Nominee – Album of the Year for "Great Dirty World"
- 1987 Juno Award Nominee – Male Vocalist of the Year
- 1986 Juno Award Nominee – Best Video for "Cosmetics"
- 1985 Juno Award Winner – Best Video for "A Criminal Mind"
- 1985 Juno Award Nominee – Male Vocalist of the Year
- 1985 Juno Award Nominee – Album of the Year for "Strange Animal"
- 1985 Juno Award Nominee – Best Selling Single for "A Criminal Mind"
- 1985 Juno Award Nominee – Best Video for "You`re a Strange Animal"
- 1983 Juno Award Nominee – Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year
Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1956, Lawrence was raised in Scarborough, the eastern part of the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. As Lawrence said, "My marks in high-school were of a caliber that left me no option but to pursue the occupation of Rockstar." He trained in classical piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and after graduating in 1976, he spent five years playing in his local band "Rhinegold". After the band broke up, he did short stints with the cover band "FUNN", and as keyboard player for Ronnie Hawkins.
After submitting a demo tape to CBS Records (Sony Music Canada) in 1982, Gowan was signed to a contract. His self-titled album was released that same year, but it was his second album, "Strange Animal", released three years later, which gained him commercial success.
Gowan has won many Canadian musical awards, and high praise from critics and his peers over the years. His acting roles comprise appearances in his own videos a cameo in a 2005 video cover of his hit single "Strange Animal" performed by Canadian hip-hop artist Maestro and appearances on MTV's "Cribs" and VH1's "Behind The Music" shows. His musical success continues as lead singer for the band Styx since 1999.