The Crabb Family at The Renaissance Center Jan. 31

Release Date: 1/15/2002. Expired: 1/31/2002

It all began less than 10 years ago with a dream and the prayer of a father that his family would make an impact for Christ, and a desire to instill within them the values that he so strongly upheld.

That prayer was answered and now, with several awards to its credit, the Crabb Family is the largest family group in Southern Gospel music and will take the Performance Hall stage at The Renaissance Center Thursday, Jan. 31, for a concert that features a special multimedia presentation and promises to be uplifting and entertaining. The concert is a part of the continuing gospel series co-sponsored by Solid Gospel 105-FM.

The Crabb Family brings to the stage six tremendous vocalists backed by an exceptional seven-piece live band which, by the way, was selected Band of the Year at this year’s National Quartet Convention in Kentucky.

Gerald and Kathy Crabb say they and their children rely solely on an anointing straight from God to present an electrifying atmosphere, and have always strived to be “real” on stage.

With seven number one songs to their credit, all written by Gerald, the Crabb Family members have been nominated 60 times for awards in less than five years, several of which they have won. They also have the highest charting success in the history of Southern Gospel music and had the number one song for the year in 1998 and 2000.

As the patriarch of the family, Gerald can be found on stage with his children singing and playing. He’s also served as a minister for many years and his pastoral background, as well as his powerful testimony, makes him one of the most sought-after songwriters in the business. The Southern Gospel Music Association awarded him Songwriter of the Year four years running. He has nearly 10 number one songs and several top 10 compositions to his credit.

Kathy Crabb, the “mom” of the brood, plays keyboards and organ with the family and also serves as road manager.

Krystal Isaacs is the oldest daughter and is married to Ben Isaacs of the popular Gospel group The Isaacs. While she doesn’t sing with the family, she manages the Crabb Tree Boutique at home in Beaver Dam, Ky., and is the mother of two children.

Jason Crabb is the oldest son and sings his heart out each time the Crabb Family steps on stage. Featured on such songs as Please Forgive Me, Through the Fire, The Lamb, the Lion and the King, I Sure Miss You and That’s No Mountain, Jason was voted Favorite Young Artist at the Singing News Fan Awards 2000 and has been nominated for several other awards during his career. His wife, Shellye, travels with the family and serves as product manager.

Kelly Crabb Bowling is the middle daughter and is married to Mike Bowling, who also travels with the family as pianist and is also etching out a solo career. Kelly has been nominated for and received several awards.

Mike is also featured as a soloist and his current project, The Call, reflects his goals and features many of his peers and family. His first number one song, Thank God For the Preacher, was co-written by Gerald and Jason and is quickly becoming his signature song.

Mike and Kelly’s daughter, Loryn Hope, also makes each trip with the family and is a regular addition to their concerts.

Adam Crabb plays harmonica and sings with the family and is quickly becoming recognized as one of the greatest stage musicians in the business. His wife, Kristi, operates the multimedia presentation for the Crabb Family.

Aaron Crabb is Adam’s twin brother and plays bass guitar as well as adding his vocals to the group. He also has begun songwriting and his first recorded effort, Smile Again, is already a listener favorite.

Terah Crabb Penhollow is the baby of the family but brings to the stage one great big voice that has quickly found its place in the hearts of listeners all across the country. She has been singing since the age of 8. Her husband, Jonathan Penhollow, serves as sound technician and drives the family bus.

Finally, Chuck Reyer is the talented drummer whose skill and love for the music God has called him into, allow him to put his heart into each performance.

The Crabb Family’s latest project is Living Out the Dream on the New Day label.

Tickets are $12 all seats. For more information or to purchase tickets to the 7 p.m. Crabb Family concert Thursday, Jan. 31, call The Renaissance Center at (615)740-5600.

The Renaissance Center is located at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 minutes west of Nashville off of Interstate 40 at the 172 exit.

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