Originally posted at Billboard.com
The device was a labor of love for Barry. Frequent co-writer Troy Verges (“Day Drinking,” “Wanted”) had a grandmother who suffered multiple injuries in a wheelchair accident, and it raised concerns for Barry, whose 19-year-old daughter, Katherine Dean, was born with cerebral palsy and has lived her entire life in a power chair. Barry hoped he could find an adapter that would solve tipping and collision issues, but none existed.
“We realized that if this was going to happen, we needed to do it,” he says. “It felt like it had been given to us to do — I don’t know how else to say it — so that’s when we officially sort of kicked it off and went to work.”