Chart-topping Christian trio BarlowGirl to perform in Ocala

The Christian-rock trio BarlowGirl performs Wednesday in Ocala. (AP Photo)

Published: Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 6:53 p.m.

Since BarlowGirl debuted in 2004, the all-female Christian rock trio has topped radio charts, collected numerous awards and titles, and earned 10 Dove Award nominations by the Gospel Music Association.



What: Dove-nominated Christian-rock trio performs
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
Where: First Presbyterian Church, 511 SE Third St., Ocala
Tickets: $18 for general admission, $25 for Artist's Circle
Info: 629-7561 or

With five studio albums under their collective belt, the song-writing siblings are now touring behind their sixth CD, the appropriately titled “Our Journey ... So Far.” It is a compilation of their top hits and favorite songs, including Christmas music from their 2008 holiday CD.

The Chicago band's journey now brings them to Florida for the holidays, with Ocala's First Presbyterian Church being the first stop of three in the state.

The Wednesday concert will be somewhat “subdued” for BarlowGirl, whose songs range from soft ballads to guitar rock, said Darren Bess, the church's associate pastor. And since First Presbyterian's sanctuary seats just under 400, it will provide an “intimate, warm setting” where attendees can see the artists up close and personal, he said.

The sisters are looking forward to the acoustic performance, said Alyssa Barlow, who sings lead and plays bass and keyboard.

“It's really a nice change-up from our rock shows,” she said. “It is a smaller setting, but especially around Christmas, we enjoy performing on the smaller stages; it just has a different feel, like we are in the living room and we have a moment where we can just share our music.”

Alyssa, Rebecca and Lauren will perform best-selling hits such as “Never Alone” and “I Need You to Love Me,” along with recent releases such as the powerful, piano-driven “Beautiful Ending,” which has tapped into a demographic beyond BarlowGirl's core fan-base of girls and young women.

“It has really resonated with many, many people, particularly older adults,” said Alyssa.

“Beautiful Ending” is about reaching a plateau in life where it can be easy to lose vision and passion. But the song urges listeners to ask “Am I remembering why I began running in the first place?” said Alyssa.

The sisters wrote the song about their music ministry, she said, but it has resonated with listeners — many fathers in particular — as encouragement as they struggle to find hope in the current economy.

The upcoming show is “definitely geared toward all ages,” said Bess, also a drummer who contends he is a fan of BarlowGirl, as are his daughters.

The trio's set list often changes, but this one will have a Christmas feel.

“We'll do a few off the Christmas album, but we may do some old standards as well,” said Alyssa. “Everybody knows ‘O Holy Night' and ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas.' So the shows around this time of year are just a fun, almost nostalgic time, where we all get together and sing the Christmas songs we sang growing up.

“It's just going to be a wonderful night.”

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