Barlowgirl

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BarlowGirl was a contemporary Christian/Christian rock band signed to Fervent Records from 2004 to 2012. The band was comprised of three sisters: Alyssa Barlow (lead vocals, bass, keyboard), Lauren Barlow (lead vocals, drums), and Rebecca "Becca" Barlow (back-up vocals,guitar).

History

Pre-Fervent years (2000—2002)

The band was seeking a record label during these years.

BarlowGirl and Another Journal Entry (2003—2006)

BarlowGirl singed to Fervent Records in 2003 and released its debut eponymous album on February 24, 2004. Rebekah "Beka" Hardt, the sisters' close friend, was entrusted as road manager. Hardt also managed online sales at BarlowGear, the band's online merch store, from 2004 to 2009.

Another Journal Entry was released on September 27, 2005. It featured eleven tracks: eight original songs, two covers (one being "Enough" by Chris Tomlin, the other being "No One Like You" by David Crowder Band) and one re-release of "Never Alone" in an acoustic version. In late August 2006, the album was re-released as Another Journal Entry Expanded Edition. This version adds six tracks: a cover of "For the Beauty of the Earth", the radio version of "Never Alone" and three acoustic adaptations previously exclusive to Sony Connect.

How Can We Be Silent and Home for Christmas (2007—2008)

How Can We Be Silent was released on July 24, 2007.

Home for Christmas was released on September 23, 2008 as the band's first and only Christmas album. It was recorded in March and April of that year. It has eleven tracks: seven focusing on the birth of Jesus Christ, as is common for Christmastime music, and four festivities-focused tracks that have a secular nature. This includes "Hallelujah (Light Has Come)", BarlowGirl's only original Christmas song, focused on Jesus' birth. Noteworthy covers include "What Child Is This?", the band's sole release with Rebecca Barlow as lead vocalist, and "Panis Angelicus", the band's sole non-English release. In the latter case, Alyssa sang lead vocals because she learned to sing Latin and Latin-based languages in college, while her sisters sang English background vocals.[1]

Love & War (2009—2011)

The band's fourth and final studio album was released ahead of schedule on September 8, 2009.[2]

Disbanding, "Hope Will Lead Us On" and BarlowGirl Merch (2012—2014)

BarlowGirl announced its disbanding on October 24, 2012. "Hope Will Lead Us On" was released as the band's final single on October 29, 2012. This also marked BarlowGirl's final concert, performed as an online event on Ustream. BarlowGirl and Beka Hardt teamed up to launch BarlowGirl Merch, an online store designed to clear out older merch in Hardt's then-residence and also sell new merch designed by the sisters. The store was active from October 2012 to January 2014, after which it was discontinued.

Controversy

The album "Love & War" features zero mention of Jesus' name in the lyrics, including variants such as "Christ", "Messiah", "Lamb" and more.

Since disbanding in October 2012, the band has been accused of compromising on its previous stances of purity, anti-abortion and anticonformity.

In 2013, while the band was operating a BarlowGirl Merch liquidation sale, two band members gave accolades to Beyoncé. Lauren expressed her approval for the solo singer in January 2013 after hearing her perform at Barack Obama's second inauguration. In addition to approving of the pro-abortion president's second term under the claims that she wants "to be nice to anyone that has different views than us", and in addition to idolizing Kelly Clarkson,[3] she also tweeted: "If Beyonce [sic] runs for president in 4 years, I'm totally voting for her...." Some fans disapproved of this, with responses such as "WHY?!?!?!?!", "I do hope you are kidding" and "popularity votes are what got this late term baby killer elected".[4] It was later revealed that Beyoncé lip-synced this performance. Later in October 2013, Alyssa complimented that artist's song "Run The World", calling it "the appropriate song for the moment" while watching her "5 year old niece get a trophy for most touchdowns."[5] Beyoncé has partnered with Planned Parenthood, Victoria's Secret, the NFL and the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise.

The Barlow family played The Beatles: Rock Band during Christmastime in 2009.[6] Despite being a rated T for Teen game, with mild sexually suggestive lyrics and tobacco references, the Barlow sisters' five-year-old niece was allowed to play.[7]

Discography

Studio albums

Christmas albums and singles

References

  1. Krienke, Martha (December 2008). "Bless & Be Blessed". Brio (Focus on the Family). 
  2. "Love and War" [sic] e-mail by BarlowGirl on August 5, 2009.
  3. Lauren Barlow's tweet. January 21, 2013 at 9:19 AM. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  4. Lauren Barlow's tweet. January 21, 2013 at 9:32 AM. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  5. Alyssa Barlow's tweet. October 19, 2013. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  6. Lauren Barlow's tweet. December 25, 2009. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  7. Lauren Barlow's tweet. December 27, 2009. Retrieved November 26, 2017.

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