Jason Crabb will share only one of his many talents with the Grange Fair audience on Aug. 26.
Much of Crabb’s musical and personal values were shaped by the local traditions of faith and family in his rural Southern hometown of Beaver Dam, Ky.
When he was 14, Crabb began touring and doing small shows with his family. But as the family grew and members took their own paths, Crabb decided to branch out on his own.
In 2009, Crabb’s self-titled solo album bolted to the top of the charts
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Crabb is not only a musician, but also an actor, starring in “Inspiration Pop 2929,” and the author of the book “Trusting God to Get You Through,” released in 2011.
The multifaceted artist hoped his novel would be an inspiration to other struggling people.
“I’d love for somebody to think, ‘If that boy can make it and there’s hope for him, then I can go through these things and there’s hope for me as well,’ ” Crabb said. “People everywhere are hurting. We’re human and we stumble over everything we’re trying to be, to live up to.”
He is currently working a children’s book and an inspirational book about dreams.
With 20 Dove Awards, including Male Artist of the Year and Artist of the Year in 2012, Crabb’s career has been successful, yet he is still known by fans for his humility.
“Rarely have I met an artist with even a portion of Jason’s talent react with such authentic surprise and gratitude at honors like these,” Caroline Lusk, Contemporary Christian Music magazine editor, said, according to Crabb’s website. “He demonstrates the same grace he sings about on stage and off.”
Crabb’s friend and mentor Bill Gaither shares Lusk’s views of the humble musician.
“Jason Crabb is the real deal. I love his voice,” Gaither said. “I love his heart and I love the unique way he connects people to the hope every human being needs to hear.”
To Crabb, this all comes naturally. His own personal struggles have shaped him into the person and musician he is today.
His own pain, loss and heartache, partly arising from issues with infertility and miscarriage that he and his wife have experienced, have helped him approach life with even greater compassion and sensitivity, Crabb said.
Crabb sees his success as something that has come from turning his aspirations into reality.
“You don’t have dreams to just sit there and think about them,” Crabb said on his website. “God gave you dreams for you to get up and go after! Go for your dreams!”