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Fresh on the heels of winning his first Grammy Award, Country-Gospel music hybrid Jason Crabb
is on the verge of becoming a household name—and for good reason. With heartbreaking vocal
chops and a debut solo record affecting mainstream Country music charts, the former Crabb
Family frontman’s crossover popularity is a no-brainer. Add a down-to-earth stage presence and
captivating heart that connects him to fans behind-the-scenes and it is no wonder Crabb fanatics
are multiplying daily.
Your voice is quickly becoming renowned for its combo of power and vulnerability. Who has
influenced your heart-tugging delivery?
Jason Crabb: vince Gill, Michael English, Michael Bolton, Michael Mcdonald. you can take lessons
from “the three M’s!” I like artists who sing from the gut. I’m talkin’ about every ounce of their
being. From that place you know they were born to sing from.
how did the diverse production legacies of Norro Wilson and tommy Simms affect your debut’s
Jason: Bring two powerhouses that are pros at what they do and marry them together… a lot of
people would have thought that couldn’t be done. But with the right songs and writers, they did it.
norro added that authentic, rootsy thing to the recording. Tommy offered that groove that nobody
else can give.
Your core fans are gospel music lovers. how does this record reward their loyalty while piquing
the interest of a more mainstream-minded Country audience?
Jason: It all goes back to the lyric. We really wanted a good wholesome message. A lot of country
music and Gospel music go hand in hand. The down-home tunes, the picnic-on-the-ground and
church-on-sunday songs go with messages of family, everyday life and hurting people.
Regardless of who is listening, what is the main message you want to communicate?
Jason: It’s a “no-brainer” for me to tell people about Christ and how they need Him. But I also
want them to understand that He has a plan and purpose for their lives that will benefit them and
others. I believe we’re all created with a great destiny. Whatever the reason, a lot of people never
get to live out what God has for them. I would give anything to help people see how Christ sees
them—to help them realize the importance of who they are in Christ.
— Andrew Greer
the act: Jars of Clay
the site: www.jarsofclay.com
the sound: Eclectic, song-driven rock
the Buzz: In an effort to raise
$100,000 for nashville flood relief, the
philanthropic fellas offer “Flood(ed),” a
five-song eP featuring remixes of their
mainstream smash. The cost? $1. 100%
of the proceeds benefit those who lost
everything in tennessee’s historic flood
last month. Purchase the EP here:
the act: Winter Jam 2010 Tour
the site: www.jamtour.com
the sound: Teen-oriented arena rock
the Buzz: Pollstar recently ranked
the perennial packed-out tour #2 on
its First Quarter ticket Sales “top 100
Tours” chart, surpassing top tours by
John Mayer, Coldplay and Taylor swift.
the act: Amy Grant
the site: www.amygrant.com
the sound: rootsy singer/songwriter
the Buzz: recently featured on ABC’s
Nightline Tonight, the pop icon has been
enlisted by fellow nashville natives,
tim McGraw & Faith Hill, to join hubby
vince Gill, Michael W. smith, Carrie
Underwood and others for “nAsHvILLE
rISInG: A Benefit Concert for Flood
recovery” to assist victims of the
recent tn floods. Purchase tickets here: