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Bob Carlisle

Bob Carlisle

American musician
Bob Carlisle
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American musician
Is Singer Songwriter
From United States of America
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 29 September 1956
Age: 63 years
Star sign LibraLibra
Contemporary christian music
The details


Robert Mason "Bob" Carlisle (born September 29, 1956) is an American Contemporary Christian singer and songwriter. He performed with several bands, most notably Allies and Billy Thermal, before launching a solo career where he received a Grammy Award and four Dove Awards.


Carlisle is best known for his hit song "Butterfly Kisses", which appeared on his third solo album. That album, originally titled Shades of Grace, was later re-released as Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace), because of the success of the single. He co-wrote this song with his songwriting partner from Allies, Randy Thomas, and for this, they won the 1997 Grammy Award for Best Country Song and three Dove Awards, including Song of the Year. This song was also a country chart single that same year for Jeff Carson and the Raybon Brothers. After "Butterfly Kisses," Carlisle continued to record for movie soundtracks and with other artists, but could not match the success of his surprise hit.


With Allies

See Allies discography

Solo albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
CAN Country
Bob Carlisle
  • Release date: June 15, 1993
  • Label: Sparrow Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
The Hope of a Man
  • Release date: November 15, 1994
  • Label: Sparrow Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace)
  • Release date: May 13, 1997
  • Label: Diadem/Jive Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
1 1 1 6 1 10 90 30
  • AUS: Gold
  • CAN: Platinum
  • US: 2× Platinum
Stories from the Heart
  • Release date: September 29, 1998
  • Label: Diadem/Benson Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
7 191
Nothing but the Truth
  • Release date: August 22, 2000
  • Label: Diadem Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Title Album details Peak position
  • Release date: July 29, 1997
  • Label: Chordant Music Group
  • Formats: CD, cassette
The Ballads of Bob Carlisle
  • Release date: September 2, 1997
  • Label: Word/Epic
  • Formats: CD
The Best of Bob Carlisle
  • Release date: May 21, 2002
  • Label: Diadem Records
  • Formats: CD
True Believer
  • Release date: December, 2005
  • Label: BMG
  • Formats: CD


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Christian CHR
US Country
US Adult
CAN Country
1993 "Getting Stronger" 3 Bob Carlisle
1993 "Giving You the Rest of My Life" 1 Bob Carlisle
1994 "Mind, Body, Heart, and Soul" 7 Bob Carlisle
1994 "Bridge Between Two Hearts" 3 Bob Carlisle
1994 "Use Me" 13 Bob Carlisle
1995 "One Step Closer to Your Broken Heart" 4 The Hope of a Man
1995 "Walkin' Up the Steps of Faith" 18 The Hope of a Man
1996 "Mighty Love" 18 Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace)
1997 "Butterfly Kisses" 45 1 13 16 25 52 1 16 Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace)
1999 "That Wonderful Someone" (with Patsy Cline) Patsy Cline Duets Vol. 1

Music videos

Year Video Director
1997 "Butterfly Kisses" John Lloyd Miller
1998 "Father's Love"
2000 "We Fall Down"

Appearances on other albums

  • 1985: Have Yourself Committed Bryan Duncan; background vocals
  • 1985: Manilow Barry Manilow; background vocals
  • 1986: Holy Rollin' Bryan Duncan; background vocals
  • 1986: One on One Steve Camp; background vocals
  • 1987: Life as We Know It REO Speedwagon; background vocals
  • 1987: Whistlin' In the Dark Bryan Duncan; background vocals
  • 1988: The Reckoning Margaret Becker; background vocals
  • 1989: On the Edge Soundtrack "God's Callin'" and a duet with Benny Hester "Playing Games"
  • 1989: Strong Medicine Bryan Duncan; background vocals, guitar, arrangements
  • 1991: Anonymous Confessions of a Lunatic Friend Bryan Duncan; background vocals
  • 1992: A Friend Like U Geoff Moore & the Distance; background vocals
  • 1992: Change Your World Michael W. Smith; background vocals ("Cross of Gold")
  • 1993: Le Voyage Sandi Patty; background vocals
  • 1993: Soul Margaret Becker
  • 1993: Wake-Up Call Petra
  • 1993: Tapestry Morning ("I Am Not My Own")
  • 1994: Coram Deo II ("Jerusalem")
  • 1994: Find It on the Wings Sandi Patty
  • 1994: Promise Keepers: A Life That Shows
  • 1994: Rebecca St. James Rebecca St. James; background vocals
  • 1995: Do You Know This Man? Al Denson; background vocals
  • 1995: Face of Mercy Dallas Holm; background vocals
  • 1995: Field of Souls Wayne Watson; background vocals
  • 1995: Petra Means Rock Petra; background vocals
  • 1995: R.I.O.T. (Righteous Invasion of Truth) Carman
  • 1995: The Lazarus Heart Randy Stonehill
  • 1995: The Music of Christmas Steven Curtis Chapman
  • 1996: Steel Witness The Charlie Daniels Band
  • 1996: Tribute: The Songs of Andrae Crouch
  • 1997: Blues Hat Charlie Daniels
  • 1998: Jack Frost [Original Soundtrack] ("Father's Love")
  • 1999: I Surrender All Clay Crosse ("I Will Follow Christ")
  • 1999: Bridges [Original Soundtrack] ("Caravan of Love")
  • 1999: Duets, Vol. 1 Patsy Cline ("That Wonderful Someone")
  • 2000: Brand New Dream Danny Gans ("As Far as You Can See")
  • 2000: Chicken Soup for Little Christian Souls: Songs to Build Your Christian Faith ("Jesus Loves Me")
  • 2000: Left Behind [Original Soundtrack] ("After All (Rayford's Song)")
  • 2000: Millennium Chorus: The Greatest Story Ever Sung ("Treasures in the Darkness")
  • 2000: Child of the Promise ("Nothing Ever Happens to a Shepherd", "Shepherds Recitative")
  • 2002: Left Behind 2: Adult Contemporary ("Rain")
  • 2002: My Everything Helen Baylor ("Harambee")
  • 2003: David: Ordinary Man...Extraordinary God ("Deliver Me (Psalm 59)")
  • 2004: Creation: The Story of Life ("The Eden of My Heart")
  • 2006: Charlotte's Web: Music Inspired by the Motion Picture ("Make a Wish")

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Result
1994 25th GMA Dove Awards Praise & Worship Album of the Year – Coram Deo II (various artists) Won
1997 28th GMA Dove Awards Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year – "Butterfly Kisses" Won
28th GMA Dove Awards Song of the Year – "Butterfly Kisses" Won
1998 40th Grammy Awards Best Country Song (songwriter) – "Butterfly Kisses" Won
29th GMA Dove Awards Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year (songwriter) – "Butterfly Kisses" Won
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