Butterfly Kisses (song)

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"Butterfly Kisses"
Single by Bob Carlisle
from the album Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace)
B-side "Shades of Grace"
Released April 1997
Format 12"
Genre Adult contemporary
Length 5:38
Label Diadem/Jive
Writer(s) Bob Carlisle
Randy Thomas
Producer(s) Larry Day
Bob Carlisle singles chronology
- "Butterfly Kisses"
"That Wonderful Someone"

"Butterfly Kisses" is a song written by Bob Carlisle and Randy Thomas from Carlisle's third studio album Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace).[1] The song was written for his daughter Brooke's 16th birthday.[2] Carlisle also wrote a journal entitled Butterfly Kisses for fathers and their daughters. There have been many cover versions of the song including Raybon Brothers, Jeff Carson, Westlife and Cliff Richard.

Chart performance[edit]

Carlisle's rendition of the song entered five different Billboard format charts in the United States, becoming a number-one single on the Adult Contemporary chart. The song also received a Dove Award for Song of the Year,[1] as well as a Grammy Award for Best Country Song. It is also Carlisle's only chart single.[3]

Chart (1997) Peak
Canada Adult Contemporary Tracks (RPM)[4] 1
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 52
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 25
Netherlands Singles Chart 16
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[7] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 45
US Radio Songs (Billboard)[9] 10

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Position
Canada Adult Contemporary Tracks (RPM)[10] 14

Raybon Brothers version[edit]

"Butterfly Kisses"
Single by Raybon Brothers
from the album Raybon Brothers
Released May 13, 1997
Format CD single
Recorded May 12, 1997
Genre Country
Length 4:44
Label MCA
Producer(s) Don Cook, Tony Brown
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Raybon Brothers singles chronology
"Butterfly Kisses"
"The Way She's Looking"

The same year that Carlisle's version was released, two different country music artists recorded covers of the song. These covers would overlap with his version, which was also a minor hit on the country charts. The higher-peaking cover was issued by the Raybon Brothers, a duo composed of Marty Raybon (former lead singer of Shenandoah) and his brother Tim. The Raybon Brothers' version was a number 37 country and number 22 Hot 100 hit in 1997. One of three singles for the duo, it was also the title track to the Raybon Brothers' 1997 MCA Records debut album. The Raybon Brothers' rendition received RIAA gold certification.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 36
US Billboard Hot 100 22
US Country Songs (Billboard) 37

Jeff Carson version[edit]

"Butterfly Kisses"
Single by Jeff Carson
from the album Butterfly Kisses
Released June 17, 1997
Genre Country
Length 3:55
Label Curb
Producer(s) Chuck Howard
Jeff Carson singles chronology
"Do It Again"
"Butterfly Kisses"
"Here's the Deal"

Jeff Carson also recorded his own version on his second album for Curb Records, which was also titled Butterfly Kisses. Carson's version peaked at number 63 on the country music charts. The album also featured an alternate version of the song, which contained elements from Kippi Brannon's then-current single "Daddy's Little Girl".

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[11] 3
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[12] 66

Other versions[edit]

There are other versions recorded including:

  • Westlife's version on their The Love Album's Asian Deluxe Edition (The main British album release however does not include the song)
  • Cliff Richard's version was originally released on his 1998 (UK) studio album Real as I Wanna Be.[13] It was later included on his US compilation album Healing Love (Songs of Inspiration)[14] An official music video has also been released.[15] On the 18th April 2014, Richard released a new version as a single in Germany titled "Schmetterlings-Küsse", sung entirely in German.[16]
  • American R&B singer, and winner of The Voice season two, Jermaine Paul, recorded a version with a music video

Preceded by
"You Were Meant for Me" by Jewel
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
May 24 - July 5, 1997
Succeeded by
"Here in My Heart" by Chicago


  1. ^ a b Nappa, Mike. "Bob Carlisle: Mr. Butterfly Kisses". Nappaland. Archived from the original on 2008-01-25. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  2. ^ http://books.google.ca/books?id=YQ8EAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover&lr=&rview=1#v=onepage&q=butterfly%20kisses&f=false Billboard: May 31, 1997
  3. ^ "Bob Carlisle: Charts & Awards: Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  4. ^ "RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. June 30, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. July 14, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  6. ^ "RPM Top Singles." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. July 21, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  7. ^ "Bob Carlisle Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Bob Carlisle.
  8. ^ "Bob Carlisle Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Bob Carlisle.
  9. ^ "Bob Carlisle Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Radio Songs for Bob Carlisle.
  10. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1997". RPM. December 15, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Jeff Carson Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Jeff Carson.
  12. ^ "Jeff Carson Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Jeff Carson.
  13. ^ "Real as I Wanna Be - Cliff Richard (1999 US edition)". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  14. ^ Amazon.com page of album Heling Love (Songs of Inspiration) by Cliff Richard
  15. ^ Music video for Cliff Richard version of "Butterfly Kisses" on YouTube
  16. ^ "Schmetterlings-Küsse (Butterfly Kisses, Cliff Richard German single 2014)". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 

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