Music for Jason Crabb has always been a family affair.
He started his career as the lead vocalist for The Crabb Family. But when family members went their own separate ways, Jason wasn’t ready to give up what he’d always wanted to do.
“About 21 years ago, I heard someone sing gospel music and it got me excited,” the Grammy and Dove Award-winning artist said. “I didn’t know you could sing it like that. I said I think this might be for me, so I went after it.”
Crabb is on tour this summer, hitting fairs and festivals — including a show tonight at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. And when he isn’t on the road, he’s doing the things every normal dad would be doing, like taking his youngest daughter shopping for her birthday.
“I love being a husband and a dad and being home,” Crabb said. “It’s hard when I’m gone, but this (job) allows me to be home.”
His newest album, “Love is Stronger,” was a “dream to do,” he said, and took nearly two years of work to find exactly the right songs with the right messages. The title track is easily his favorite.
“It’s a great, powerful song, one that I couldn’t believe I was going to be able to record — it’s that good,” he said.
Crabb hopes his music can give audiences a break, even a small one, from the stresses of everyday life.
“I want people to be encouraged about life,” he said. “I want them to know God has a great plan for their life, and to let them know someone cares about who they are and what they are becoming.”
His shows have a little bit of everything, so whether fans know him from his early years with his family or from his own solo work, Crabb said audiences will hear something different.
“I want them to get free for a minute and enjoy life,” he said.
The grueling schedule of a solo tour is hard, because, as Crabb says, the first thing that goes when you’re tired is your voice. Still, he wouldn’t change it for the world.
“One thing is different,” he said of touring without The Crabb Family, “I’m doing something for my kids and for my wife and it feels good.”
There is another thing that is different this time around — when your normal everyday Target-shopping dad is an award-winning singer, an afternoon shopping trip is followed by a night singing at the Grand Ole Opry, which is what 10-year-old Ashleigh Crabb got to do last week.
“They’re both great singers,” Jason said of Ashleigh and 8-year-old Emma. “It’s all that Ashleigh likes to do. She sings when she wakes up and she sings when she goes to sleep.”
It must run in the family.
Music for Jason Crabb has always been a family affair.
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