As one of today’s most powerful voices of any musical genre – gospel, country, pop and southern gospel, Grammy Award-winning artist Jason Crabb has announced the release of his fifth solo project, “Whatever The Road. The project released on Sept. 18 from Reunion Records.
The 21-time Dove Award-winner recently spoke with Examiner about the new album. He talked about everything from his first-time songwriting endeavors to the upcoming Revive Our Nation, a ten-city tour with The Crabb Family, which will kick-off in San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 8.
“I’ve never wanted to be pigeon-holed. I just want to make music. I finally found that if you’re part of the creative process of a song, then it becomes you. On this album, people will see more of who I am than anything I’ve ever done before. When I am singing these lyrics, I’m more passionate, because I know where these songs came from,” said Crabb, who co-wrote seven of the album’s ten songs.
Produced by Jason Ingram (Chris Tomlin, Tenth Avenue North, Kari Jobe,) and Paul Mabury (Lauren Daigle, One Sonic Society,) Crabb takes a bold step lyrically and stylistically to deliver honest anthems for the church that are defined by a contemporary pop sound.
“I love making music. I love singing. I love throwin’ it down and having a blast on stage, but what an honor it is to share my life in these songs,” Crabb said.
The project features ten original songs, including “It’s A Good Life,” “Home,” “Never Gonna Let Me Go,” “Chance for a Miracle,” “If I Shout” and five more. The songs touch on a number of themes, including resting on God’s promises, His love and the freedom in redemption.
There’s a thread of hope that runs throughout the project, he said, and the song, “He Won’t Leave You There” is one example.
“When the darkness overwhelms you and the fear just won’t subside, when your questions outweigh answers on those long and lonely nights, when you’ve got to keep on moving, He is with you in the valley of despair, and He won’t leave you there,” Crabb sings in the chorus.
“I just want to encourage people and give them hope,” Crabb said, “The album is titled, ‘Whatever The Road,’ and I want people to know that whichever direction, or whatever road you’re headed down, God is going to walk with you.”
Another song, “He Knows What He’s Doing” was inspired by an 11-year-old fan named Lily.
“Lily showed up at a concert and wanted to sing ‘Love is Strong’ with me on stage,” Crabb said, “This song is about her. She was battling cancer when we first met and she’s gone home to be with the Lord now.”
In addition to his ministry and career as an artist, Crabb, who quickly rose to fame with The Crabb Family, is also an actor and an author. He has shared his story in the inspiring book, Trusting God to Get You Through, and has written a series of children’s books.
To honor Crabb, his hometown of Beaver Dam, Kentucky also recently name a road after him, “Jason Crabb Drive.” The road is adjacent to the town’s new amphitheater.
Ultimately, whether he’s singing, acting, songwriting, or touring, Crabb said he desires to bring glory to his heavenly Father.
“I want these songs to resonate with people. I want them to walk away saying, ‘Man, that encouraged me! That brought me closer to Christ! That’s what I want more than anything,” Crabb said.
For more information, the latest news and tour dates, go to www.JasonCrabb.com.