Christian artist to hit stage at Kiwanis Center

Published 12:01 am Saturday, April 23, 2011

Dove-award winning artist Jason Crabb will hit the Kiwanis Center stage Sat., May 7.

The event is a “Heart to Build” music ministry and outreach event sponsored by Word of Faith Church in Brantley, will feature Crabb.

A talent search will be held at the church Fri., May 6 for any band, group or soloist who would like their chance to open for Crabb at the concert the following night.

Organizer Tia Compton said the event is about “building the kingdom, while building a church building.”

Proceeds from the events will go to help church members finish an ongoing sanctuary project, she said.

Compton said those interested in participating in the talent search may sign up the night of the talent show or by calling 334-527-1002. Entry fee is $100.

“It’s really going to be a gospel singing,” Compton said. “Our praise team will also sing Friday night.”

Crabb, the longtime powerhouse lead vocalist for the Crabb Family, who hit the road with his family at age 14, has been in the Christian-music spotlight ever since.

He’s performed at Carnegie Hall, become a “fan favorite” at the Grand Ole Opry, appeared regularly on the Gaither Homecoming Series videos, and performed at the Rev. Billy Graham’s farewell crusade in New York City.

In 2007, the Grammy nominated, multiple-Dove Award winner, pursued a solo career.

Crabb performs full-country tune and R&B-infused gospel to reinterpreted Southern gospel classics, “so there’s sure to be something for everyone,” Compton said.

Crabb won Song of the Year for “Sometimes I Cry;” Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year for “Joseph;” and Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year for “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” at Thursday night’s Dove Awards.

“People everywhere are hurting,” he said on his website. “Their backs are against the wall. They’ve lost their jobs, their 401Ks. Big corporations are shutting down. We’re human and we stumble over everything we’re trying to be, to live up to… ‘Sometimes I Cry’ is different from 98 percent of everything I’ve sung before. The first time we did it live people stood to their feet. They needed to hear it, to be reminded that it’s OK to be honest about where they are.”

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Cost is $30 for reserved seats if purchased before the night of the concert, $20 for general admission, $5 for children 6 to 12 and children 5 and under are free.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate, if available.


Tickets can be purchased locally at Andalusia Book and Gift, T&C Book and Gift in Opp or at

For more information, call 334-527-1002.