NASHVILLE, Tenn.â€” Mercy, the fourth recording from Dove Award-nominated singer/songwriters and worship leaders Aaron & Amanda Crabb, is set to bow April 23 from Difference Media (Capitol Christian Distribution). Co-produced by Aaron Crabb and Ben Isaacs (The Oak Ridge Boys, The Isaacs), Mercy features 11 songs revealing a decidedly country direction for the duo, while paying tribute to their storied Southern Gospel heritage and a range of Inspirational influences.
Acclaimed as â€œOnes To Watch in 2013â€ by GMCtv online, Aaron & Amanda Crabb co-wrote six selections, including the worshipful â€œHolyâ€ and the debut multi-format Christian radio single, â€œTake Him to the Place,â€ a deeply personal anthem of Hope and healing penned during a trip to Israel.
Mercy is also highlighted by the albumâ€™s debut mainstream country single, â€œIâ€™m Learning,â€ written by Lee Black, Michael Fordinal and Kenna West. The song has already been embraced by such stations around the country as Winslow, Arizonaâ€™s KINO, WEAG in Starke, Florida, and WKRO in Cairo, Illinois, among others.
â€œWe heard it and immediately thought, â€˜Thatâ€™s just us,â€™â€ says Aaron Crabb of â€œIâ€™m Learning.â€ â€œWeâ€™re learning life as we live it and learning the things that matter and the things that donâ€™t. The most important thing is your family and your relationship with God because things on this earth one day are going to pass away, but He will be forever.â€
â€œWe love all styles, so youâ€™ll hear a lot of different influences on the album,â€ Crabb continues. â€œIâ€™m a country boy, and those roots probably come through more than anything else. These songs came at the right season in our life. God molded this album and shaped it to what it needs to be and I believe itâ€™s going to help a lot of people.â€
Aaron Crabb gained prominence as a member of the groundbreaking Crabb Family, one of the most popular acts in Southern Gospel music with more than 10 Dove Awards and three GRAMMYÂ® nominations to their credit. Since the group disbanded in 2007, Aaron & Amanda have released three acclaimed projects as a duoâ€”2008â€™s Dove-nominated After the Rain, 2009â€™s CD/DVD Live at Oaktree, and 2010â€™s Love With No End. The couple serve as worship leaders at San Antonioâ€™s Cornerstone Church.
Difference Media is a division of Cornerstone Church, founded and pastored by John Hagee. The label features some of the leading names in Southern Gospel music, including Aaron & Amanda Crabb, Canton Junction, Matthew Hagee, Tim Duncan, The Cornerstone Sanctuary Choir, John Hagee and The Hagees.Â A non-denominational evangelical church with more than 20,000 active members, Cornerstone Church is home to John Hagee Ministries, which telecasts Pastor Hageeâ€™s radio and television teachings throughout America and to 245 countries around the globe.Â The ministry also operates GETV, a 24/7 online television and video on-demand broadcast of sermons and original programming, as well as music videos and performances by Difference Media artists (www.getv.org).
Difference Media recently signed an exclusive distribution deal with Capitol Christian Distribution (formerly EMI CMG Distribution). Mercy will be the labelâ€™s inaugural release under the new agreement.