Christian Music Mainstay Jason Crabb Takes Home Top Honors at 2012 GMA Dove Awards

Crabb Part of Multi-Artist Tribute to the Legendary Russ Taff; Closes Show with Dove Nominated Song “I Saw the Light”

Jason Crabb poses with his Dove Awards for Male Vocalist of the Year and Artist of the Year
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.—April 24th, 2012—This year’s Gospel Music Association (GMA) DOVE Awards proved quite memorable for Christian music mainstay Jason Crabb.  With eight nominations, making him the leading artist nominee for this year’s awards, Crabb took home two—Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.This marks the first wins in each of those categories for this musically diverse artist.

Jason Crabb GMA Dove Awards Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA
Jason Crabb receives the Dove Award for Artist of the Year from Kirk Franklin and Natalie Grant
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“Wow, what a night!” exclaimed Crabb following the show.  “It’s an honor to win any DOVE, but I didn’t expect to win these.  I couldn’t believe it when I heard my name.  I was enjoying great performances from some amazing artists who have made big impacts on our industry and on the world.  The night had been a blast.  Then to be recognized in this way…it is humbling. It makes you want to try harder, to make a difference, to grow.  It challenges you.  I am grateful…and humbled, and I want to congratulate the other winners.  There is nothing like seeing smiles on the faces of my peers.”

Jason Crabb, Wess Morgan, Russ Taff and Donnie McClurkin during the Russ Taff tribute
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Crabb closed the show with a riveting performance of his nominated song “I Saw the Light,” joined by other artists to end the night. Crabb was also featured on the evening’s special tribute to the legendary Russ Taff.  Crabb, who opened the number with the Taff hit “Ain’t No Grave,” joined Donnie McClurkin and Wess Morgan to pay tribute to the impact and influence of Taff and his legacy as an artist. Taff joined the three men at the end of “We Will Stand” to complete the performance.

Jason Crabb closes the show with “I Saw the Light”
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Crabb’s eight nominations included:  Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Country Recorded Song of the Year (“Why Me”), Southern Gospel Song of the Year (“If There Ever Was a Time,” Crabb Family), Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year (“I Saw the Light”), Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year (“I’d Rather Have Jesus”), Southern Gospel Album of the Year (The Song Lives On) (Gaither Music Group) and Long Form Music Video of the Year (The Song Lives On) (Gaither Music Group).

Crabb’s current southern Gospel radio hit “Who Am I,” written by Rusty Goodman and also featured on his nominated release The Song Lives On, was also nominated in the Song of the Year category for this year’s awards.

Crabb’s releases, exclusively distributed by EMI CMG Distribution, are available online and at retail everywhere.  For further information regarding Jason Crabb, visit Connect with Jason and on

About Jason Crabb
Known as one of the most respected and diverse vocalists in Christian music, Jason’s soulful, heartfelt vocals have made him a critics’ pick and a fan favorite on stages ranging from “The Grand Ole Opry” and the Brooklyn Tabernacle to the Gaither Homecoming arena platforms.  With a string of number one hits and chart-topping singles, a tour schedule of over 200 dates annually, ongoing tv appearances, a book on the shelves and recent acclaimed recording, this vocal powerhouse’s talent is topped only by his genuine personality and concern for others.

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