BarlowGirl is a Christian rock group. Hailing from Elgin, Illinois, the band is made up of three sisters: Rebecca, Lauren, and Alyssa Barlow.
BarlowGirl was the January 2006 winner in Yahoo.com’s Who’s Next. They received more votes in December 2005, beating the three other contestants (Limbeck, Morningwood, and The Willowz).
BarlowGirl is known as a Christian rock group. Their style includes three-part harmony mixed with rock guitars. Their songs run the range from ballads to guitar rock. BarlowGirl could be compared musically with Evanescence (although the two bands have a totally different philosophy).
The band has gained a following with their “Anti-Conformity” message of “Don’t be conformed, be Transformed” from Romans 12:1-2. Besides believing in abstinence and modesty, the band has also taken a stand on not dating, but their main message remains that people should look to God for love and security, and he will bring everything else into our lives. Very simply, their view is that one should “trust God”. They encourage people to trust the unseen – they believe that just because you can’t see God dosn’t mean He isn’t there.
Self Titled Debut Album
BarlowGirl instantly hit the spotlight in 2004 with their acclaimed self-titled debut album, coupled with the success of its first single, “Never Alone.” The longest running No. 1 song in 2004 on R&R’s CHR and CRW Rock charts, “Never Alone” was named “Song of the Year” on each of these charts. The CD has sold over 250,000 units (as of April 2005) and featured the singles “Never Alone” and “Mirror” which both garnered much airplay on Christian radio stations. These number one songs earned the trio four 2005 GMA (Gospel Music Association) awards (formerly the Dove Award) award nominations, including the prestigious Best New Artist award, Best Rock Song and Rock Album. The trio was the best selling new Christian artist of 2004. BarlowGirl received a 2006 GMA award nomination for Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year for “Mirror”.
Another Journal Entry
Their second album, Another Journal Entry, was released on September 27, 2005. The first single from the album, “Let Go,” had already begun receiving airplay on Christian radio stations. Their next single from this album, “I Need You to Love Me”, has also received recent some airplay on some Christian radio stations after the album’s debut. The album debuted at #3 on Soundscan’s Christian album chart, and, as of Oct. 10, is at 85 on Billboard’s Top 200 Current Albums chart. The trio was nominated for three additional 2006 GMA (Gospel Music Association) awards: Group of the Year, Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year, and and Rock Recorded Song of the Year for “Let Go”.
- Another Christian group, Superchic[k], included a song titled “Barlow Girls” on their initial release, “Karaoke Superstar”. The song was a tribute to the actual Barlow sisters and their stand for sexual purity, and effectively introduced the sisters to the music world.
- The sisters call themselves more of a reluctant trio who “never” wanted to “be in a band.” It was their parents who got them into it, as the three first performed in their church, before finally making the splash into mainstream Contemporary Christian music (CCM).