The Gospel Music Association (GMA)’s “songwriter of the year” for four consecutive years, Gerald Crabb has led the Crabb Family, featuring his wife, Kathy, and six of their seven children, to the upper echelon of American gospel music. Since coming together in 1995, the group has scored eight number one gospel hits – “The Reason That I’m Standing,” “That’s No Mountain,” “Please Forgive Me,” “Through the Fire,” “Trail of Tears,” “Brothers Forever,” “The Lamb, the Lion and the King,” and “Jesus in a Song.” The Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) named the Crabb Family “best mixed group of 2000.”
In addition to appearing regularly on TBN Trinity Broadcasting Network show, Praise the Lord, theCrabb Family have performed numerous concerts during which they combine their songs with a multi-media presentation of photographs and graphics. Using music as a stepping stone, the Crabb Familyhave grown into a highly lucrative conglomeration that includes the Family Music Group, Crabb House Studios, and Crabb Tree Boutique.
The Crabb Family’s road manager, Kathy Crabb, accompanies her children’s vocals on keyboards and organ. Although middle daughter Kelly Crabb Bowling handles most of the lead vocals, the talents of her siblings have been equally noticed. Oldest son Jason was named “favorite young artist” at the Singing News Fans Awards in 2000. The only member of the family to not tour or record with the group, oldest daughter Krystal, oversees the band’s office. Kelly’s husband, Mike Bowling, has traveled with the Crabb Family as pianist.
In 2006, the Crabb Family decided to put the group on hiatus as each family member pursued their own separate careers. In 2011, they reunited for a tour and quickly followed up with the 2012 studio effort, Together Again. Produced by lead singer Jason Crabb, the album featured the single, “If There Ever Was a Time.”