Full name: Alyssa Katherine Nicole Barlow
Nicknames: Issie, Lyssa, Lys
Birthday: January 4, 1982
Hometown: Elgin, IL
Family: Vincent [father], MaryAnn [Mother], Joshua & Sabrina [Brother & Sister in law], Caleb & Emma [Newphew
& niece], Becca & Lauren [sisters] Barlow
Height: 5'1 ["In all our photo shoots Lyssa is standing on a box to be as "tall" as Becca and I, which
isn't very tall at all" - Lauren]
Instruments: Bass, Piano, Vocals
Dreams: Doing a voice for Disney, singing 2 notes at once, growing taller, I'm thinking maybe at least 5'4. But three
more inches is alot of dreaming...sigh*
Like to Meet: King David, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Lauren Barlow the Amazing drummer girl!!!!! and Becca Barlow
Animals: Anything that doesn't bite, smell, or require a lot of help from me
Books: The Bride Rhonda Calhoun, I Kissed Dating Goodbye Joshua Harris, Extravagant Worship by Darlene Zchesch, any Deep
thoughts, and the b-i-b-l-e..yes that's the book for me...you sing the rest right now..:)
Drink: Carmel machiatto coffee
Food: Spaghetti-o's, chicken Nuggets, fries, diet water, oreos.
Ice Cream: cookie dough
Movies: Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken, Lord of the Rings, MST3K
Other stuff: Theater, dancing (not ballet though. Just couldn't say yes to tutu's) putting on chapstick every sixty-eight
and a half seconds, and dogs that don't bite.
Stores: Wet Seal, H&M.
Biggest Pet Peeve: OOOOH, when people chew really, really loudly!!!!
Dream Duet: Harry Connick Jr
In The CD Player: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Beatles, Avril Lavigne, Cadet Worship, Third Day (offerings).
Most Embarassing Moment: Calling a boy a girl. "I thought he was a girl, so I called him a girl!!! Oh, that was so
When She Plays basketball: "Alyssa litteraly hurts the people she plays against. It makes sense that she is spending
today watching rugby...she plays it on the basketball court." - Warren of Silver's Bald
"One of [Lauren's] favorite pastimes is finding little ways to torture me on a daily basis. Some of her methods include
waiting for me to enter some room of the house (especially the basement), then jumping out to scare me. Or, her personal favorite-
hiding my food or drink while I'm out of the kitchen, then taking me on a scavenger hunt to find it...Oh yeah, and she wants
me to say that she is also very talented."
"...Our parents do this whole band thing with us 24/7, so they see us in every situation and are able to really help
us grow spiritually. They really are great mentors and bring so much wisdom to this new journey we're on."
"When I was 14, I worked for a craft company that made holiday decorations. I was pretty miserable that summer because
I can’t stand doing crafts and I only got paid $2.50 an hour. I realized then that I should just stick to music."
|She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongure is the law of kindness.
Do you have dreams you have had in your heart for a long time? Dreams so real you can see them - you have pictured every
detail and every moment? I had one of thosedreams. Since I was a little girl, I loved theater. I would sing along with all
the songs and picture myself on stage, singing and dancing. I shaped that dream for years. I was sure that after hign school,
I would leave home for the lights of Broadway.
But then something happened. About three years ago, I fell down some stairs and was diagnosed with a disease called Reflex
Sympathetic Dystrophy, known as RSD. This disease causes nerves to overreact so they fire continually even with nothing touching
the,. It's a chronic pain that eventually spreads throughout the entire body until it completely takes over. The doctors told
me I would never walk normally again and that I would eventually be in a wheelchair.
So in about two days, everything was taken away from me - my dreams of dance, of Broadway. There I was, a church girl
for most of my life and I was struggling with my faith, not knowning if I wanted to serve God at all.
But my parents had faith that God would take care of me. They knew God was trying to teach me something. Instead of accepting
that I would never walk again, they felt led by God to encourage me to walk in our pool, regardless of the excrucitaing pain.
So I tried it for a day. And through the pain and the tears, I felt God saying to me, "Alyssa, with every step you take,
I need you to push through the pain and praise Me and thank Me for who I am."
So I walked in the pool a second day. On the third day, it was raining so hard that I decided to try walking inside. I
put one crutch down and began to walk. It was painful, but I felt God had been working in my heart. I wanted to see who my
God was. I wanted to know He takes care of me. So I put the second crutch down. I never picked it up again. I was healed!
It was during that time that God asked me a question: "What if your dreams are not My dreams - the dreams that I
have dreamed for you since the beginning of time? What if you are missing My dreams because you won't let go of yours?"
I felt Him sayinf "Can you give your dreams to Me so I can give Mine to you?"
And as God kept pressing on my heart, I was eventually able to open my hand, let go of my dream and recieve His dream
for me. As I recieved His dream for me, it was above and beyond anything I could ever have hoped, dreamed, or imagined.
He healed me and provided me a way to go back on stage, sing and play instruments with my sisters, eventually landing
a record deal. He also changed my heart. I never thought I could be the person He was making me to be. He gave me the ability
to be a different perso and through that, I began to want to go out to the world and tell people about God. And when I asked
God how he wanted me to do that. He gave me music. He put so many pieces in place that I still stand back and wonder how He
What are your dreams? Do you allow God to touch them? Take the time to read Jeremiah 29:11 and ask yourself if you believe
that God has a plan for you. 1 Corinthians 2:9 says: "However, as it is written: 'No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
no mind has concieved what God has prepared for those who love Him.'"
Pray for the ability to hear His voice, know His word and be able to surrender to His will. may God Bless you.
[From Christian Music Planet]