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3 sisters, 1 sound

There was a time when the Barlow sisters would scream and yell at one another -- as sisters do from time to time.

But these days the trio of siblings have replaced their youthful petulance with a different kind of gusto.

For the past several years, they have rocked out at each other through music.

"We really used to go at each other, yelling all the time," laughed Lauren Barlow, the baby of the bunch, in a recent telephone interview. "But after we'd fight, we'd have to go do a chore together, like clean the refrigerator, and all would be forgotten."

The Barlow sisters, who call themselves BarlowGirl professionally, will bring their rockin' Christian sound to the Toyota Center on Oct. 5. Showtime is 6 p.m.

BarlowGirl has won numerous awards since they made their debut on the music scene in 2004. That same year, the song Never Alone off their first album was the longest-running No. 1 single on Christian Hit Radio and Christian Rock charts.

That tune also won song of the year on both charts.

Lauren, 23, and her sisters Alyssa, 26, and Becca, 28, write most of their own music. They also play instruments. Lauren's the drummer and handles lead vocals with Alyssa, who also plays bass and keyboard. Becca is the guitarist and backup singer.

They began singing in their church and with their dad, Vince Barlow, who also was a musician.

"Music has always been part of our family," Lauren said. "There was never a Barlow family gathering or party that didn't have a lot of singing going on."

All three write music and lyrics, but it's when they collaborate on a song that they find the key to their success, Lauren said.

"I'll hear chords in my head, and maybe one of my sisters will add to it while the other one (hears) the lyrics," she said. "So, even though we can all write a song, together we're magic."

BarlowGirl has released three albums since 2004 -- BarlowGirl, Another Journal Entry and How Can We Be Silent. They also just released a Christmas album titled Home for Christmas.

Their music encompasses not only their love of God but, partnering with Mercy Ministries, they also champion the cause of young women facing all sorts of life-controlling issues, such as eating disorders and depression.

Tickets to the show are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. VIP tickets are $25. Group rates are available. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or the Toyota Center box office.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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