At age fourteen, Barry Rowland started singing in the Rowlands with his uncle, Ron Martin, and his mother, legendary songwriter Kyla Rowland. Yet four years later, at eighteen, he ran away from home. He recalls, “I was basically running away from God; I was trying to get away from her and her preaching to me—her consistent discipline, references to the Bible. I felt like it was just being thrown down my throat, and I was running away from it.”
He adds, “I didn’t realize at the time, in my immaturity and selfishness, how her heart was breaking.” Yet God used this in a way nobody could have predicted—for the night he ran away was the night his mother wrote the unforgettable anthem “One Scarred Hand.”
Four years later, “like the prodigal son,” he says, “I came back to myself, and began to build my relationship back with her and back with God.” He stayed off the road for several years; he was 25 before he started singing again in his home church, and 28 before he started singing again with his mother. After eight more years on the road with her, he launched Barry Rowland and Deliverance. “It was time,” he says, “to share what Christ has done in my life. Through four years of being in the hog pen, I have a testimony. I already had a testimony of salvation, but He really gave me a testimony of knowing who He is, through His mercy and grace.”
Crossroads Production Manager Jeff Collins states, “I’ve known Barry for several years through his mother Kyla as they recorded over the years here at Crossroads. But over this past year, through many good conversations, I’ve gained even more respect for this fine young man. His sincerity to honor the Lord in all he does, his attention to detail and his desire to lead people to Christ are all reasons we are thrilled to have Barry, Tammy, Shawn, and Venessa as part of our Crossroads recording family. Expect to see great things from this talented group!”
Barry Rowland expressed that he was looking forward to working with Crossroads, adding, “Through this, we’re praying and hoping that there’ll be no limits as to who can be reached and touched through our ministry.”
Their first CD with Crossroads will release in April 2011.