March 19, 2013 â€“ (NASHVILLE, TN) The reviews are in and critics are raving about Love Is Stronger, the latest release from Grammy award-winning vocalist, Jason Crabb. The second studio release from 17-time Dove Award-winning vocalist has garnered attention from both Christian and mainstream press including CCM Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, Associated Press, and Fox News, among others.
Additionally, the release was highlighted by iTunes – the largest distributor of digital music – as a “New & Noteworthy Release” on the main iTunes page as well as Christian & Gospel page. iTunes selects these spots for releases they deem to be be significant additions to the musical landscape. AOL Music also turned their spotlight onto the project by hosting an AOL Music Listening Party where listeners could stream the entire CD for free during release week.
Produced by a trio of musical heavyweights â€“ Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts), Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin), Wayne Haun (Jessica Simpson, Celine Dion) â€“ the project has received amazing support among reviewers and music fans alike. â€œIâ€™ve been blown away with how warmly this new music has been embraced,â€ said Crabb. â€œI am so proud of this project and my prayer is that the music would touch the listener and give them encouragement.â€
Crabb kicked off his release in high-gear as Free Chapel hosted a live CD release celebration featuring Jason, his band and a live orchestra. The event, streamed to over 40,000 people in more than 35 countries, featured special guests Pastor Jentezen Franklin, Andy Andrews and producers Jay DeMarcus and Wayne Haun. From there, Jason was interview by Fox News’ Lauren Green via satellite from Rome, Italy where. Jason continued his high-octane release week taking the stage of the Grand Ole Opry where he debuted two new tracks from the project and he wrapped up the weekend with an appearance at Billy Graham’s “The Cove.”
Hereâ€™s just a sample of what people are saying about Love Is Stronger:
“Grammy-winning Christian singer Jason Crabb impressively drives home the theme of how genuine love can be even if there’s heartache and grief.Â His soaring voice, lyrics of enduring faith and solid production on the 11-track set continue to prove why he is the Gospel Music Association’s reigning male vocalist and artist of the year.”
â€“ Associated Press
“Love is StrongerÂ is a breakthrough album that will thrust Jason Crabb into a bright spotlight…Jason uses tremendous vocal control as he slides effortlessly from soft, tender notes to full-on power belting…Â Kari Jobe joins her voice with Jason’s onÂ “Love Wins.”Â The song defies categorization and should reach and bolster many….Â This (album) has huge potential to expand Crabb’s audience…Packed from start to finish with strong songs, versatile vocal performances, and an abundance of energy and emotion, this album is not limited to a single musical category…A gem of a record”
â€“ New Release Tuesday
“Few artists on today’s musical landscape possessÂ Jason Crabb’s ability to move effortlessly from one musical style to another, erasing boundaries between country, pop and gospel with the smooth, rich voice that has made him a Grammy winner and the Gospel Music Association’s reigning Male Vocalist and Artist of the Year”
â€“ AOL’s The Boot
â€œNo corn fluff to be found hereâ€¦rich interpretations of positive lyric themes are set against solid arrangementsâ€¦Crabbâ€™s soulful tone weaves through this recordâ€¦ An eleven-track gem.â€
â€“ Music News New York
“Jason Crabb’s new album (Love Is Stronger)Â is impressive.”
â€“ Huffington PostÂ
“One of the most anticipated releases of 2013…He is definitely one of the most talented vocalists out there. Â Love Is Stronger is definitely one of the best albums of 2013.”
â€“ Christian Music Review
“â€¦One of the most talented artists this industry we call CCM has ever seenâ€¦Spine-tingling artistry…Each moment of the new album is emotive and beyond the confines of any one genreâ€¦”
â€“ CCM Magazine
“One of the most gifted vocalists to rise in popularity the past decade…A collection of strong tunes…Brilliant vocal showcases.”
â€œCrabb has never been more himself: he shows a greater command over his vocals and he has never sounded more passionateâ€¦This CD really brings out the new man in Crabb – one who is confident when he rocks and yet provides the heart pabulum when he croons.â€
â€œâ€¦Truly magicalâ€¦Powerful, Jasonâ€™s delivery is heartfelt and flawlessâ€¦â€
â€“ Absolutely Gospel
â€œâ€¦Truly fulfillingâ€¦One of the strongest gospel albums of this year.â€
â€“ Nashville Country Club
From the reviews, it is evident that Love Is Stronger, and the overriding messages of love and encouragement contained in the lyrics, have resonated strongly. The 11-track CD was released on March 12, 2013 and contains lyrics that echo Crabbâ€™s own real-life.
Along with the release of the new project, Jason reached a social media milestone during release week crossing over 100,000 â€œlikesâ€ on Facebook. â€œI love my Facebook family! I love the way everyone prays for and interacts with each other,â€ Crabb comments. â€œItâ€™s amazing what one comment can lead to. Many times Iâ€™ve posted a scripture or encouraging thought and someone replies back to tell me that it was exactly what they needed at that time.â€
Love Is Stronger is available wherever music is sold and online digitally at iTunes, Amazon, and Rhapsody among others.
Photo: From L-R: Paul Franklin, Mel Tillis, Jason Crabb, Pete Fisher (Opry General Manager) and Buck White (The Whites) all smiles as Jason gets ready to take the Grand Ole Opry stage. Photo courtesy Nelon PR