Award-winning Christian musician to perform in Liberty City

Published on Friday, 18 July 2014 23:59 - Written by Rebecca Hoeffner rhoeffner@tylerpaper.com

Though he’s an award-winning artist, singer and songwriter Jason Crabb said he hopes his audience can identify with him through his music.

“I think they can tell that I’m just like them,” he wrote in an email exchange. “I go through battles and problems, too. Just because there’s a mic in my hand or I strum a guitar, just because I come up in a big red bus, I am no different. I have great days, and I have bad days. I appreciate each and every person that walks through the door or listens to my music. That’s why I stay after every concert until the last person leaves - to let everyone know how much I love them. They can hear that in the music, too.”

Crabb will appear in concert at 7 p.m. July 26 at Sabine High School in Liberty City.

In 2012, Jason walked away with not only Male Artist of the Year at the GMA Dove Awards; he took home Artist of the Year as well, marking 21 Dove Awards throughout his career, not to mention the Grammy Award he took home in 2010. He has also performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages, ranging from “The Grand Ole Opry” and the Brooklyn Tabernacle to arena platforms.

“The awards are nice of course, and I won’t lie — it’s nice to see that Grammy award and the Dove awards, and I have a special place for them,” he said. “But, what matters to me most is the personal stories I hear every single night and the stories people share with me on Facebook and Twitter. When people share that one song or one statement got them through the toughest time of their life, well, that’s humbling to me. It encourages me and keeps me moving, keeps me motivated, reminds me of the reason why God called me to do this.”

His most recent album, “Love is Stronger,” was released in 2012 and co-produced by Rascal Flatts member Jay DeMarcus, Ed Cash and Wayne Haun. It has been praised by The Associated Press and featured on AOL Music, Entertainment Tonight, Grammy.com, The Huffington Post, among others. Crabb has also made appearances on NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice and FOX News.

“My latest album and current single, ‘Love Is Stronger,’ is just one song that hits very close to home,” Crabb said. “My wife Shellye struggled with Rheumatoid Arthritis — some days she could barely move — and so that song really hit home to me. When we start picking songs for a project, it has to speak to me first — has to make an impact on me personally. So all of these songs share something that is from my heart, something that I wanted to convey. Most of the songs talk about some aspect of love, and God is love! So, on this tour, we’ve been sharing the good news that God loves you!”

His latest success is the contribution of the title song to “Finding Faith,” a film about online predators.

“We should never have to worry about the safety of our children online,” Crabb said. “This foundation is doing a lot to educate people on how to keep their kids safe.”

Tickets for Love is Stronger are $15 General Admission and $25 Gold Circle and can be purchased at the church, by phone at 855-223-1008 or online at jasoncrabb.com or museconcerts.com. All tickets purchased online will include a per-ticket convenience fee. Seating is on a first-come, first served basis. Doors open at 6 p.m.

“God does some amazing things through the power of music and I am grateful that

He uses me in a small way to affect the lives of His children,” Crabb said.