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updated 08/04/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/04/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>Bob Carlisle


A musical journeyman who has written for Dolly Parton and sung backup for Barry Manilow and Mötley Crüe, Christian artist Bob Carlisle, 40, composed "Butterfly Kisses" in 1994 as a sweet-16 present for his daughter Brooke. The single reached the top of both the Adult Contemporary and Contemporary Christian charts in May, and in June his Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace) (Diadem/Jive) fluttered atop the pop album charts.

Has fame affected your family life?

Honestly, we were all content before. My life centers around my wife and two children, not the music business.

How do you feel about the two new country covers of "Butterfly" by Jeff Carson and the Raybon Bros.?

There's only one way to settle this thing: we're going to have to wrassle. We'll have the Butterfly Kiss-Off '97, and I could come in with tights and big, cheesy butterfly wings.

Has your crossover success made you an ambassador for Christian music?

I'm not comfortable with that position. I write music out of my passion, which happens to include my relationship with my Lord. I'm not out to secretly cram the Gospel down someone's throat.

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