|GREG STRANGE - His Life Story
He was born Gregory Neil Sostrom on April 5, 1962. The son of missionaries, he lived from 1965-70 in South Korea along with his parents, brother and sister. While in Korea at the age of five, Greg prayed, with the help of his mother, and accepted Jesus Christ into his heart, which changed his life forever.
In 1970, the Sostroms returned to the United States, eventually setting up home in Salem, Oregon. Over the next 14 years, Greg had the privilege of attending three excellent Christian schools. During these formative years, he was very involved in sports, and music. He learned to play the trumpet, piano, and guitar and sang in various choirs.
In 1984, he graduated with honors from Corbin College, receiving a double major in Theology and Psychology. He also spent two of those years volunteering as a counselor with mentally disabled teenagers.
After graduation, Greg took a teaching and coaching position at a Christian high school in northern California. During these three enjoyable years, his skills as a musician and songwriter began to blossom. So much so, that in 1988 he left teaching to pursue a career in music.
On his own and with other artists, he began singing, recording and touring throughout the western United States. During this time, he also met Kari, a beautiful college student from Georgia. A year and a half later, they got married on June 24, 1989.
The following year, he signed a record deal with Ocean Records based in Burbank, California. Greg then recorded 24 Hours to Live (1991) and I’ve Got a Message for You (1992). These two recordings are still found around the world. His quirky style and off-the-wall humor caught the attention of many, and birthed the stage name, “Mr. Strange”. Greg and Kari then packed their bags and moved to Nashville, Tennessee.
In 1993, their first son, Tyler was born. With the blessing of a new child, Greg took two years off from touring and accepted a position as Production Coordinator at Rocketown, a hangout for teens that was started by Michael W. Smith and Youth For Christ. While there, Greg met and worked with many of today’s top Christian singers and songwriters.
Then in 1999, everything changed. Armed with a full arsenal of humorous songs, Greg began touring relentlessly, averaging over 200 performance dates per year. He began visiting churches, Christian schools and campgrounds in virtually every state. Over the next few years, he recorded Adventures in Oddity (2001), Real Men Play Croquet (2002), Christmas With Mr. Strange (2005) and Big Laughs (2007). With his brother’s help, he launched www.gregstrange.com, a popular site for up-to-date information on Greg Strange.
Currently, Greg and Kari live outside Nashville with Tyler and their two additional sons, Cody and Jordan. The attend a non-denominational church called “The Gate” in Franklin, Tennessee with Pastor Steve Fry. Greg continues to do outreach throughout the United States. His newest recording, Hello, I’m Mr. Strange (2008), is a “live” project. It includes 14 songs, and captures the interaction and energy that only comes from a crowd. This CD concludes with an exhortation to believe in Jesus, the choice that has guided Greg throughout his life. A funny guy with funny songs and a sincere heart, Greg Strange is a must-see show for everyone.