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Bob Carlisle was raised in Southern California, where his voice earned him elite status in Los Angeles recording studios of the 1980’s. His background vocals can be heard in support of the albums of artists as diverse as Barry Manilow and Poison, Juice Newton and Motley Crue. The latter’s 1987 GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS – is perhaps the best evidence of Bob’s vocal complement to a rock band’s sound.
In the 1980’s Bob pioneered Christian rock music in co-founding the rock band ALLIES. The six albums of this band set new standards in the genre. Solo albums followed in the 1990’s – allowing his song writing – already recognized for Dolly Parton’s number one hit “Why’d You Come In Here (Looking Like That?)” to find avenues of personal expression.
His third solo album, SHADES OF GRACE, in 1996 included a song he had co-written for his daughter call “Butterfly Kisses”. The song would win a Dove Award – Song of the Year and the next year would go on to sell more than 2 million copies and earn him a Grammy Award – Country Song of the Year. Bob quips that “it was a battle for pop radio between the Spice Girls and me: the Singing Dad.”
Always a sucker for a song, Bob’s subsequent recordings have been primarily personal and usually passionate. “We Fall Down” (1998), “You’re Beautiful” (2002), “Keep The Light On” (2006), “Make A Wish” (2008).