July 1999: Vince Barlow and the Barlow girls perform at Life Fest ’99, their first festival performance.At the concert, Vince runs into old friend and Superchic[k] founder Max Hsu. After noticing the rings on the Barlow girls’ fingers, Superchic[k] asks “Are you married”.2000: The Barlow sisters start feeling the urge to stop playing background for their dad and perform on their own, as a new band.Vince Barlow steps down gracefully and lets his girls take the spotlight.Barlow Girl is one of the most inspirational and beloved bands in the Christian Rock industry (stay with me, atheist readers), and they are as famous for their great music as they are for their controversial “no dating” philosophy.Barlow Girl songs are nearly all classics in the Christian music world, and are adopted by youth groups and tribute bands all over the world.What if you just focused on yourself until the right person comes along? Note that they didn’t demand that their daughters not date.
It becomes huge radio hit, drawing attention to the cause of not dating.
Despite spending most of their adult lives writing, performing, and appearing as a group, the Barlow sisters are still highly independent women, each with their own battles won and lessons learned (more on that to come in future posts).
Apart from their music, the Barlow sisters are well known for their unique stance on dating and sex: Namely, they do not date, and they do not have sex.
The Barlow sisters explain that the rings represent their commitment not to date until marriage.
Inspired by their commitment not to date, Superchic[k] writes a new song called “Barlow Girl” (lyrics here).