BarlowGirl Interview (2006)
While on their tour with Rebecca St. James, Alyssa Barlow from BarlowGirl took time to answer a couple question from MusicFaith’s Jeremy Koering.
Jeremy Koering: First up, can you tell me about the BarlowGirl message, what do you strive fans will get out of your music and lyrics?
Alyssa Barlow: Our main message is don’t conform to this world it is based on Romans 12:2 We want to challenge people to consider why they make choices and to really find out what is God’s way for their life.
Jeremy Koering: Has all the attention from places like, Yahoo Music, surrounding BarlowGirl, helped or changed the way you’ve portrayed your message any differently than before?
Alyssa Barlow: No we decided that no matter what door God opens our message would stay the same. We have told people if they want a watered down message they need to find someone else. We fear God more than we fear man.
Jeremy Koering: I found it interesting that you recently filmed a music video for “Never Alone” after you’ve already put out another album and you’ve filmed videos for songs off the newer album. What compelled you to come back to “Never Alone” and film the music video?
Alyssa Barlow: First of all “Never Alone” is still the song more than any other that people talk to us about how much it touched them. We have always wanted to do a video of it Warner Brothers who owns our label has some people who really believe in “Never Alone“ and felt it has a message for mainstream. Plus our friend Eric Welch had a vision for the video and agreed to do the project. He is amazing.
Jeremy Koering: Did anything crazy happen on the set while filming?
Alyssa Barlow: Not crazy just strange we filmed at an old abandoned hospital in Nashville some of the buildings we over 100 yrs old so the scenes you see are shot inside and outside of the hospital. It was a little creepy.
Jeremy Koering: A while back Superchic[k] wrote a song about you; how did they find out about you and your message?
Alyssa Barlow: We met at a concert in Wisconsin in 1999 at their first show and our first show. They saw our purity rings and started asking questions, we got along great and became friends 3 months later Max called and said they had a song for us, they played it for us and we freaked out. It really encouraged us to stand stronger for purity.
Jeremy Koering: Another Journal Entry is going to be re-released with cool new songs and features August 29th. Do you have any plans for a new record after the re-release?
Alyssa Barlow: We are writing songs for a new CD that will be released in August of 07.
Jeremy Koering: What songs do you enjoy playing live?
Alyssa Barlow: All of them but especially Never Alone and Average Girl.
Jeremy Koering: Out of those who you’ve toured with, who do you like to tour with the most?
Alyssa Barlow: We liked all of them; Todd Agnew, TOBY MAC, MAtthew West, Starfield, Building 429, Stellar Kart, Kutless, David Nassar, Newsboys, Silars Bald, GRITZ, John Rueben. They all rock.
Jeremy Koering: Also in terms of touring; if you could pick anyone to tour with, that hasn’t toured with you in the past, who would it be?
Alyssa Barlow: Jeremy Camp, David Crowder, Chris Tomlin, Bethany Dillon.
Jeremy Koering: Have you pulled any crazy jokes while on tour with any other bands?
Alyssa Barlow: Yes but we can’t really talk about it, it was one of those you had to be there to think it was funny.
Jeremy Koering: What do you do for fun? On the bus, at home etc.
Alyssa Barlow: On the bus; watch movies, play hide and seek, play speed, scrabble. At home; hang out with the nieces and nephew, shop.
Jeremy Koering: Thanks for answering our questions! Do you have any last comments for the MusicFaith.com readers?
Alyssa Barlow: Come see us in concert we would love to meet you.