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Icon Destinations Launches with Slate of Trips to Holy Land featuring Lauded and Loved Personalities

Written by Staff on June 21, 2019 – 6:25 pm -

Icon Destinations

Icon Destinations

Once In a Lifetime Trips feature Rebecca St. James, Avalon, Jason Crabb, Russ Taff, Selah, Jaci Velasquez and more!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 21, 2019) – Icon Destinations, a subsidiary of Da Silva International, was announced today by Rui Da Silva. Da Silva is president of the company, a multi-national and multi-faceted sports and entertainment/media company with main offices in Los Angeles, Santo Domingo and Edmonton.

Icon DestinationsDa Silva started Icon Destinations to give people the ultimate experience of going to The Holy Land with their favorite Christian artist/personality. Da Silva says: “Icon Destinations was created as an “ultimate bucket-list” destination company and I have found that most Christians list visiting the Holy Land at the top of their bucket list. So, what better way to do that than going there and also being able to watch their favorite Christian artist perform live? It’s an experience like none other! The other reason we started this was that for many Christians, visiting the Holy Land was a challenge financially. I feel we have succeeded in pricing the trips in a way that allow more Christians to be able to make these trips without having to lower the quality of any of the amenities. We are excited!”

Also announced today was the opening of the Nashville, TN office exclusively to handle Icon Destinations. Kevin Stevens, a veteran artist/tour manager, has been appointed as Vice President of Icon Group and will helm the Nashville team. Over the last 26 years, Kevin Stevens has become one of the most experienced and successful artist/tour managers in Christian music, handling the careers and tours of Michael English, Avalon, Kathy Troccoli, Natalie Grant, Sandi Patty, 4Him, and many more.

Icon DestinationsStevens comments: “I’m always looking for great new opportunities that I can be part of. Icon Destinations has allowed me to use my 20 plus years of relationships in the industry in a new and exciting way. I love what I do and this will only add to the already fulfilling moments I’ve had.”

Additional staff for the Nashville-based operations was also announced. Frank Shelton Jr. is joining the team as the Director of Speaking Engagements. Having worked for two decades on Capitol Hill in some of the highest levels of government, Frank brings a unique perspective along with a wealth of experience and wisdom to the team. Among his career highlights are: member of Congress in the House Leadership, bi-partisan figured on the floor of the United States Senate, aide to the Governor of Maryland, among other positions. He serves on the advisory board with professional athletes in the fight against human trafficking and has served as the International Evangelism Chairman for the 2012 Olympics outreach in London England and so much more! Frank says: “I am thrilled to serve with Icon Destinations assisting individuals to “walk in Jesus’ footsteps” in the Holy Land.”

Icon DestinationsAlso joining the Nashville-based team is Derek Simonis as Social Media Director and Rebecca Grice as Marketing Manager.

Initial trips announced include Rebecca St. James, Avalon, Jason Crabb, Russ Taff, Selah, Jaci Velasquez with more to be announced soon.

Icon Destinations – experience a trip you’ll never forget!

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Phone: 1-800-679-9201
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Jason Crabb Garners 2nd GRAMMY Award

Written by Staff on February 19, 2019 – 5:35 pm -

Crabb and producer Jay DeMarcus React to Win for Unexpected

Photo: Courtesy of the Recording Academy™/photo by Randy Shropshire, Getty Images © 2019
Courtesy of the Recording Academy™/photo by Emma McIntyre, Getty Images © 2019
LOS ANGELES, CA  – Multi-Award winning artist Jason Crabb has added another accolade to his career. The beloved singer, songwriter, actor, musician, author and television host, garnered his 2nd GRAMMY Awardon Sunday, February 10, 2019, for the album, Unexpected.
Produced by Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts), the project was well received and garnered critical acclaim, even being named one of USA Today’s ‘Nashville’s Best Albums of 2018. The recording featured special guests Gary LeVox (Rascal Flatts) and Kaya Jones along with a song co-written with disco icon, Gloria Gaynor, who Crabb met a few years ago on Twitter.
Crabb previously won a GRAMMY award in 2010 for his debut self-titled album. During his celebrated career, he has amassed 22 GMA Dove Awards along with a host of industry honors and recognitions.
Crabb says: “I’m just so thankful. I am thankful to the academy, to my staff and team, managers Philip & Tina Morris, my PR, the band, Jeff Roberts Agency, the pastors and promoters who invite us in, Jentezen Franklin and his family who has been so kind and to Jay DeMarcus who produced this record and to Ed, Dottie, and everyone at Daywind Records. Thank you to all the singers, musicians and songwriters for pouring your heart into this record. When I got up there and I looked out and saw everyone, and I saw my girls, I was just so happy and thankful that they were there with me to share this moment. I love my family. To everyone that was in this category, I love you and you’re all my friends. It was special to be nominated alongside my true friends. I love you all, I love Jesus and I am just so thankful!”
Jay DeMarcus comments: “As a producer, there is no higher honor in the recording arts than for a project you produced to win a GRAMMY award. As a friend, I am proud and excited for my buddy, Jason Crabb! Thank you to the academy, Jason’s team and everyone who supported this project. This sure feels great! Congratulations Jason!!!!
The 61st Annual GRAMMY® Awardswere held at Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center on Sunday, February 10, 2019. For more information on the GRAMMY Awards, visitwww.grammy.com.

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Jason Crabb: Praying for a Revival of Love

Written by Staff on February 17, 2019 – 1:06 pm -

Jason Crabb: Praying for a Revival of Love

Jason Crabb: Praying for a Revival of Love

Jason Crabb and his wife, Shellye, were married 20 years ago. After two decades, they have grown a family, observed twenty Christmas Eves, developed a thriving career in Christian music, and celebrated many awards, including Grammy, Dove, and Diamond.

 

Jason, along with his brothers and sisters, still makes limited appearances as the Crabb Family, 22 years following their first appearance, and get together as a family as often as possible.

 

December 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

December 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

This artist knows that the best things in life are the things that last. Things like faith, love and family. And gatherings during one of the most holiest times of the Christian calendar.

 

“We really like to get together with family,” says Jason about his Christmas traditions. “It’s just family time. The perfect Christmas for me, would be to go back home to Kentucky and spend it with my family. To go to one of those little bitty Christmas plays that the kids do, in one of those little country churches that I grew up in. Watch Mary drop the baby Jesus doll in the manger scene. Those things you just never forget. You know, the main thing for me is Jesus and family during that time.”

 

Jason Crabb: Praying for a Revival of LoveThe Crabb family has been blessed with the ability to share their love for Jesus musically, and now Jason has started flexing his songwriting muscles on his latest award-winning release, “Unexpected.” Not every song on this recording is one he has written, however.

 

“The best song always wins, doesn’t matter if you wrote it or whoever else,” Jason states. “But how can we get up and say ‘this is me,’ if we didn’t have any part of the creation? I didn’t think I had it in me to create it.

 

“So I’ve gotten wise,” Jason grins. “I’ve got people around me to help me, you know, get with writers, to get with people that are a great help to put all the pieces together of what I want to say, to glue it all together, make a great piece of artwork. Instead of one holding the brush, there’s three, and then the band comes along and there’s numerous people.

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Congratulations to Jason Crabb

Written by scoopsnews on February 10, 2019 – 2:22 pm -

Jason Crabb Family

Congratulations to Jason Crabb from all of us at SGN Scoops! He is now a 2 time Grammy Winner!

We are so proud of you! Well Deserved!


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Lorraine Walker: Becoming mindfully aware of your world this Christmas and New Year

Written by Staff on December 25, 2018 – 2:36 pm -

Lorraine Walker: Becoming mindfully aware of your world this Christmas and New Year

Lorraine Walker: Becoming mindfully aware of your world this Christmas and New Year

Editor’s Last Word for December 2018 SGNScoops Magazine – by Lorraine Walker

Merry Christmas! I love this season and the way people seem happier and more open to talking about spiritual things. Yes, I’m that person who wears the shirts and sweaters and socks with all things Christmas on them. People have said that I even have reindeer antlers on my car…but that, of course, is just a rumor.

Our cover artist, Jason Crabb, also loves Christmas, and I hope you enjoyed his feature this month. I had such a good time talking with him recently when he sang at my church. We are both equally intense people and I so enjoyed digging into his thoughts on various subjects. What a terrific communicator, both on and off stage.

Lorraine Walker: Becoming mindfully aware of your world this Christmas and New Year

Jason Crabb was interviewed by Lorraine Walker for December 2018 issue of SGNScoops Magazine

We featured other artists of course that I have also enjoyed, like Les Beasley, who recently passed. We were unable to feature a tribute to Ernie Phillips as it was too close to press time, but I know of his contribution to gospel music and that he has many family, friends and fans that mourned his passing. I became a Kingsmen fan after Ernie’s tenure, mainly because of knowing Parker Jonathan, who joined when Garry Sheppard was the group’s tenor. Ernie, however, was an incredible talent and will be greatly missed.

I was also thinking of the passing of seasons when I read Rob’s Publisher’s Point. I hope you have read it and gleaned the knowledge that this season of your life is God’s way of preparing you for the next. I want to add to that with another piece that I am trying to learn and develop in my own life.

One of the buzzwords lately seems to be “mindfulness.” I know that can be used and misused in so many ways, and also taken to the extreme. I think some uses are not spiritually healthy for Christians. However, the literal meaning is great for all of us.

Mindfulness to me is living in the moment; not dwelling in the past or future, not thinking about what we should do or should have done. If we are being mindful or

Jason Crabb was interviewed by Lorraine Walker for December 2018 issue of SGNScoops Magazine

Jason Crabb was interviewed by Lorraine Walker for December 2018 issue of SGNScoops Magazine

paying attention to each day, each moment, of each season we are in, both spiritually and physically,  maybe we would be more relaxed as well as appreciating each other more.

Perhaps paying attention to each moment and more attention to those around us will make this season even more special. Maybe we will even notice others more, share more smiles, hold our loved ones closer, and be more aware of the special gift of Jesus this Christmas. God bless you this holy season!

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December 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 17, 2018 – 10:47 am -

December 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

December 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

Merry Christmas! It’s so good to be able to bring you the December issue of SGNScoops Magazine. We are celebrating Christmas with Jason Crabb, as he tells us what he hopes will be in his Christmas stocking this year. We are all praying with him for a Revival of Love and we hope you enjoy this chat with Mr Crabb.

Also in this issue, we hope you enjoy the tribute to Les Beasley who recently passed away, as well as a visit with Lindsey Graham, the great Doyle Lawson, and much more.
We are so thankful for all of our writers this Christmas season. Thanks to each and everyone who have contributed to our magazine during 2018. We hope that all of our readers will take a moment to go through the Contributors Section in the back of the magazine, and thank each of the contributors.
Don’t forget to check out the radio charts, DJ spotlight, and of course, Randall Hamm’s CD reviews. There is a lots in this Christmas issue for you to read by the fireside with your hot chocolate in hand.
As you pause to reflect on the real meaning of Christmas, don’t forget that Jesus Christ was the Baby in the manger but he was also the Lamb on the cross. He will soon return to this world as King of Kings. He will make your life abundant today if you welcome Him to be born in your heart. Email me with your questions or comments, lorraine@sgnscoops.com.
Merry Christmas!
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Jason Crabb, Jay DeMarcus React to GRAMMY® Nomination

Written by Staff on December 15, 2018 – 3:47 pm -

Jason Crabb, Jay DeMarcus React to GRAMMY® NominationNashville, TN  – The nominations for the 61st GRAMMY® Awards were announced last Friday, December 7, 2018, during a live broadcast on CBS This Morning.
Jason Crabb – critically acclaimed and highly lauded singer/songwriter/musician/author – was honored to receive a nomination for Best Roots Gospel Albumfor his latest release, Unexpected.
The project was produced by Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus and features Gary LeVox (Flatts’ lead singer).
Upon news of the nomination, Crabb commented: “2018 has been such a great year, it has literally blown my mind. God has been amazingly generous with His blessings. I have the best family in the world and I love them with all my heart.

USA Today Names Jason Crabb's Unexpected One of Nashville's Best Albums of 2018

“I am so grateful to all the members of the Recording Academy for nominating this project, Unexpected. Overwhelmed only begins to describe the way I feel right now. I love this record and I am very passionate about it and the message that it conveys. Thank you Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox, the musicians, songwriters and everyone else who played a role in it! To top it all off, I am nominated beside some of my best friends. I am a blessed man!”

Jay DeMarcus comments, “This is wonderful news!!! There is no one more deserving of this than Jason. I am thrilled and honored to be a small part of it, and proud to call him my friend.”
This nomination comes alongside the honor of USA Today naming the project as one of Nashville’s Best Albums of 2018.
The 61st Annual GRAMMY® Awardsreturns to Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center on Sunday, February 10, 2019, and will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT.
For more information on the GRAMMY Awards, visitwww.grammy.com.
For more information on Jason Crabb, visitwww.jasoncrabb.com.
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USA Today Names Jason Crabb’s Unexpected One of Nashville’s Best Albums of 2018

Written by Staff on December 12, 2018 – 2:52 pm -

USA Today Names Jason Crabb's Unexpected One of Nashville's Best Albums of 2018

USA Today Names Jason Crabb’s Unexpected One of Nashville’s Best Albums of 2018

Crabb Joins Elite List Alongside Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Dolly Parton, Dierks Bentley, For King & Country, Pistol Annies and more

Nashville, TN  – USA Today has named Jason Crabb’s critically acclaimed project, Unexpected,as one of ‘Nashville’s Top Albums of 2018.’
Jason Crabb and Rascal Flatts Unite to Bring Epic Performance to GMA Dove Awards

Jason Crabb. Photo by Craig Harris

The list was released earlier this week.(Click here for article.)

The project was produced by Rascal Flatts’ bassist Jay DeMarcus and features Flatts’ vocalist Gary LeVox, pop star Kaya Jones and even includes a song written by disco icon, Gloria Gaynor.
The GRAMMY® winner, 22 time GMA Dove Award winner, vocalist, musician, actor, author and songwriter joins an elite list including Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Dolly Parton, Dierks Bentley, For King & Country, Pistol Annies, Dan & Shay and more.
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Russ Taff: You better believe it

Written by Staff on December 5, 2018 – 12:56 pm -

Russ Taff

Russ Taff

Bringing a redeemed life to the big screen

 

Filmmaking proved to be a challenge for Russ Taff.

 

“There were long interviews,” Taff says. “They wanted details of things I have been trying to forget.”

 

FATHOM EVENTS BRINGS ‘RUSS TAFF: I STILL BELIEVE’  TO MOVIE THEATERS NATIONWIDE OCTOBER 30 

FATHOM EVENTS BRINGS ‘RUSS TAFF: I STILL BELIEVE’

“I Still Believe” – a documentary detailing the award-winning vocalist’s life and his battle with alcoholism – is set to appear in select theaters as a one-night event on Oct. 30.

 

“Rick Altizer, he did the Chonda Pierce movie (‘Chonda Pierce: Laughing in the Dark’) … he came to my house a couple of years ago,” Taff shares. “We were just talking. He said, ‘Why don’t you let me tell your story?’ He knew a lot of it, but I haven’t talked about it much to anybody.

 

“It’s been my life’s work to be made whole. He convinced me … he said, ‘Your story would bring hope to so many people.’”

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Grammy Winner Jason Crabb to Open Nashville Christmas Parade

Written by Staff on November 30, 2018 – 4:00 pm -

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JASON CRABB

Nashville, TN – Jason Crabb – GRAMMY® winner, 22 time GMA Dove Award winner, vocalist, musician, actor, author and songwriter – is set to open the 2018 Nashville Christmas Parade, benefiting Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Grammy Winner Jason Crabb to Open Nashville Christmas ParadeThe parade kicks off the holiday season in downtown Nashville Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. WKRN-TV will provide live coverage, and Timeless Syndication will make the parade available for TV stations and other outlets across the country through the holiday season.
Crabb will perform a song written specifically for the parade.
Jason Crabb and Rascal Flatts Unite to Bring Epic Performance to GMA Dove Awards

Jason Crabb. Photo by Craig Harris

Crabb joins a star-studded entertainment roster that includes LeAnn Rimes, Craig Wayne Boyd, Bill Anderson, Diana DeGarmo, Mark Schultz, Janice Gaines, and more.

Since 1927, the Nashville Christmas Parade has been a staple of Middle Tennessee’s holiday festivities and this year promises to be a year to remember – full of music, giant inflatable baloons, custom floats and more.
The event will support Children’s Hospital. As a nonprofit organization, Children’s Hospital provides pediatric specialty care to all children, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. With a four-floor expansion now underway, Children’s Hospital will be able to care for even more young patients in the region and beyond.
The parade also will support Piedmont’s Share the Warmth, an energy-assistance program that helps local low-income families pay their energy bills at any point during the year, regardless of the energy source used in the home.
For more information, visitwww.nashvillechristmasparade.com.
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