Lead singer and rhythm guitarist for The Royal
Guardsmen. A field drummer at
Ocala High School in Florida, Winslow auditioned for the band shortly after
their formation. In the middle of
the Vietnam war, he was drafted for service but excused for medical
reasons. The band broke up and
got back together in 1976.
Barry stayed for two years.
He moved to Nashville and concentrated on songwriting, partnering
with Aaron Brown on Child's Gift of Lullabies and contributing a song
called "I L.O.V.E. Y.O.U." that went platinum, thanks to the
vocal talents of Tonya Goodman Sykes.
He experienced an epiphany in 1992 and decided to devote himself to
Christian music. Five years
later, he moved to Mountain View, in the Missouri Ozarks, where he
currently lives with his wife Sheryl and two of their two children. In 2004, he released the
Contemporary Christian album Transition. A couple of years later, he reunited
with his fellow Guardsmen and co-wrote "Snoopy vs. Osama" with
John Burdett. It was intended
as a morale booster for the troops.
The Royal Guardsmen continue to perform in small venues to enthusiastic
reviews. Winslow is also a
scale-model helicopter enthusiast and photographer. Many of his creations can be viewed
on the web.
I Needed You
(Chris Nunley/Barry Winslow)