NASHVILLE, Tenn.â€”November, 11th, 2011–Gaither Music Group has announced its plans to release an all-new studio recording from the multiple award-winning Crabb Family. Together Again, which coincides with a limited run of national touring dates for the group, will hit the streets on February 7th, 2012. Produced by lead singer and GRAMMYÂ® Award-winning solo artist Jason Crabb, Together Again offers fans new music recorded with a unique vocal approach.
â€œIn the past, when it came time to select songs for a project, part of the process was our deciding who would be featured on what song,â€ describes Jason. â€œBasically, we all had â€˜our individual songsâ€™ that we took the lead on. With Together Again, the songs arenâ€™t centered around â€˜who is singing lead.â€™ Our vocals are intermingled as never before. Iâ€™m especially excited about this, not only for the record, but for this run of concerts.â€
Together Again includes three songs written by the award-winning country writer Neil Thrasher (who co-wrote Jasonâ€™s solo hit â€œSomebody Like Meâ€) in addition to tunes written by such industry pacesetters as their father, Gerald Crabb; Sue C. Smith; Lee Black; David Moffitt; Gina Boe; Don Poythress; Ronnie Freeman; Stephanie Lewis and Caleb Collins. The recording also features two songs co-written by Jason alongside longtime friend Sonya Isaacs Yeary, country tunesmith Jimmy Yeary, as well as Carl Cartee and Barry Weeks.
â€œOne of my favorite songs on the new record is â€˜If There Ever Was a Time,â€™â€ describes group member Kelly Crabb Bowling. â€œWhen our longtime friend and great songwriter Sue Smith began to quote the lyric from this song, I knew immediately it was a song someone had to record. This song takes me back to my childhood when I would hear people stand up in church and say how much they needed the Lord to be there and to hear and answer their prayers. This songâ€™s style is a bit more modern than those days, yet it still connects with every emotion I had as a child.â€
â€œIf There Ever Was a Time,â€ the first radio single from the new release, has just been sent to radio stations nationwide, just in time for the concert tour which began Thursday, November 10, in Huntsville, Ala. The Front Porch: A Crabb Family Celebration Tour will hit over 20 cities nationwide, ending in January in Lexington, NC. (A working list of tour cities can be found below.)
â€œWeâ€™re heading into such a special time of year with the holidays, and Iâ€™m so happy that the tour allows me to spend this season with my family,â€ describes Jason. â€œWe love making great music together, and we hope that people who come out to see the tour will be reminded of just how important spending time together as a family is.â€
Siblings Jason, Adam, Aaron, Kelly and Terah, known as The Crabb Family, took the Christian music industry by storm in the 90s with their signature brand of country-tinged Gospel, live stage band and powerhouse musical arrangements. The Crabb Family took home 11 GMA DOVE Awards, garnered three GRAMMYÂ® nominations and blurred the lines between Christian music genres with recordings and accolades ranging from bluegrass to black Gospel.
Their family blends became a hit on platforms varying from the Gaither HOMECOMING stages and â€œThe Grand Ole Opryâ€ to the Brooklyn Tabernacle and Carnegie Hall. Their downhome appearances, highlighted by songs written by the groupâ€™s original founder Gerald Crabb, made them a household name in the southern Gospel music community and a â€œnew favoriteâ€ across several genres. Heralded by the industry and fans alike, the group produced numerous Top 10 singles and 16 number one hits.
Together Again will be available digitally and at retail stores everywhere. It will be distributed exclusively by EMI CMG Distribution. For further information regarding The Crabb Family, visit www.thecrabbfamily.com. For updated tour information, connect with Jason Crabb online at www.JasonCrabb.com, www.FB.com/JasonCrabbMusic and on twitter @JasonDCrabb.