“I’m just a goof ball with a microphone,” Bob Carlisle told me as I was interviewing him on air in the early 1990s. That was before Bob became a phenomenon with the song “Butterfly Kisses,” but I’m getting ahead of myself.
Most listeners to Christian music were introduced to Bob Carlisle in the 1980s when he was a singer with the band Allies. That group also included Randy Thomas, who had with Sweet Comfort Band. Allies recorded six albums and had a few Christian radio hits. The band parted ways in 1992, amicably, saying the group had run its course.
Bob then launched a solo career, releasing his first project, “Bob Carlisle” in 1993. The next year he released “The Hope of a Man.” Those two albums yielded a few Christian radio hits, including “One Step Closer To Your Broken Heart,” “Mind, Body, Heart and Soul” and “Mighty Love.”
In 1997 he released “Shads of Grace.” He and former band mate Randy Thomas wrote a song for that album in honor of Bob’s daughter Brooke’s 16th birthday, “Butterfly Kisses.” That song was such a huge, unprecedented success that the label reissued the album as, “Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace).”
Bob’s version of “Butterfly Kisses” charted on Christian, country, adult contemporary and Canadian radio. It was also covered by a number of other artists in both the US and UK and many of those versions were radio hits as well.
I’ve had a couple of conversations with Bob since “Butterfly Kisses.” The amazing success did not seem to change him or his attitude with the possible exception of making him even more thankful. He did tell me in the late 1990s that he was working on a follow up song to honor his son with a working title of “Get Down Off Of There.”
Here’s Bob’s video version of “Butterfly Kisses.”
This is the video version of “We Fall Down,” which was on the 1998 album “Stories From The Heart.”
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