The Crabb Family

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The Crabb Family
OriginBeaver Dam, Kentucky, United States
GenresChristian, southern gospel
Years active1996–2007, 2011–present

The Crabb Family is a southern gospel group originally from Beaver Dam, Kentucky. They have had sixteen No. 1 songs on the national radio charts.[1]

Group history[edit]

The Crabb Family Members: oldest Jason, twin brothers Adam and Aaron, and sisters Kelly and Terah.

The group was formed in Beaver Dam, a town in rural Kentucky. The family patriarch, Gerald Crabb, and wife Kathy Crabb,[2] were the founders of the group. Kathy managed the group until their retirement in 2007. Throughout their career, the group has released numerous albums and received several awards.

Although their roots are primarily southern gospel, the Crabb Family's recording, Blur The Lines features a variety of styles of music. The Crabb Family also reached a vast concert audience. Their schedule lead them from the Grand Ole Opry to a contemporary Christian festival in South Dakota and everything in-between the two venues.


In August 2006, the Crabb Family, Jason, Adam, Aaron, Terah and Kelly decided to follow individual paths. The siblings felt it was time to move to a new season in their lives. Each member plans to pursue their separate ministries. The Crabb Family has finished their tour to thank their fans for their unwavering support over the past ten years. Their last tour date as a group was August 1, 2007.[3]

After that, Jason Crabb has started his own solo career. His brother Aaron started a duo with his wife Amanda called simply Aaron & Amanda Crabb, while Adam and Terah started a band called Crabb Revival. In 2009, Terah decided to leave the band to become a full-time mother.[4] Kelly Bowling has also joined her husband, Mike, in a musical career as a member of The Bowling Family (formerly The Mike Bowling Group). In 2011, in addition to performing with his wife, Aaron Crabb became a founding member of the quartet Canton Junction, in which he sings lead. In 2014, Adam Crabb joined the Gaither Vocal Band.

The Crabb Family reunited for a Celebration Tour in November 2011 through February 2012, as well as a new album, Together Again, released February 7, 2012.[5]

The Crabb Family reunited for a sold-out tour in early 2015, as they celebrated 20 years in Christian music.

Kelly Bowling appeared as Nurse Kathy in the 2014 film Virtuous.[6]

Reunion album[edit]

On February 28, 2020, the family released their first album in eight years, entitled 20/20.



Year Album Peak chart position Record label Record producer(s)
1996 Still Holdin' On Zion Records
1996 Alive & Kickin
1997 Yesterday, Today, & Forever MorningStar Records
1998 Prayer in Motion Woody Wright
1998 Live in Nashville
1999 Crabb Grass Family Music Group
2000 Pray New Day Woody Wright
2000 Live from Kentucky Crosscutt Records
2001 Living out the Dream Family Music Group Mike Bowling
2003 The Walk 31 Daywind Aaron, Adam, & Jason Crabb
2004 Crabb Fest Live! 2003 Gerald & Kathy Crabb
2004 Driven 13 Aaron, Adam, Jason, Kelly, Jerry Yoder
2005 Crabb Fest Live 2004 Kathy Crabb, Norman Holland, Eddie Leonard
2005 Live at Brooklyn Tabernacle Aaron, Adam, Jason, & Kelly
2005 The Locket Eagle Records Aaron, Adam, Jason, Mike Bowling, Ben Isaacs
2006 Blur the Lines 7 Daywind Aaron, Adam, Jason, Kelly, Bubba Smith
2007 Letting Go 36 Aaron, Adam, Jason, Tre Corley
2012 Together Again Gaither Music Group Jason Crabb
2020 20/20 Daywind Jason Crabb


  • 1998: The Best of the Crabb Family
  • 2001: A Crabb Collection (Daywind)
  • 2005: Super Southern Gospel (Daywind)
  • 2005: The Hits... Live (Daywind)
  • 2015: 20 Years: Platinum Edition (Daywind)

Radio singles[edit]

The Crabb Family holds the record of having the second most No.1 songs on the Singing News Top 80 Radio Airplay Charts (The McKameys have the most.) They had fifteen: "Please Forgive Me", "Trail of Tears", "The Lamb, the Lion, and the King", "I Sure Miss You", "Through the Fire", "That's No Mountain", "The Reason That I'm Standing", "Don't You Wanna Go?", "Please Come Down to Me", "The Walk", "The Cross", "Jesus Will Do What You Can't", "He Came Looking for Me", "Good Day", and "The Shepherd's Call." The group has also ranked No. 1 on the Singing News yearly Top 40 Charts of the most played songs. Songs that hit that position are: "Please Forgive Me", "Through the Fire", and "The Reason That I'm Standing."

Year Album Song
1996 Still Holdin' On "Where We'll Never Die"
"Something Going on the Graveyard"
"I'm Still Holdin' On"
1997 Yesterday, Today & Forever "I'm Running On"
"Please Forgive Me"
1998 Prayer in Motion "Trail of Tears"
"Two Little Feet"
"The Lamb, the Lion, and the King"
1999 Crabb Grass "I Sure Miss You"
2000 Pray "Through the Fire"
"When It's My Time"
"Jesus in a Song"
2001 Living out the Dream "That's No Mountain"
"The Reason That I'm Standing"
"Please Come Down to Me"
2003 The Walk "The Walk"
"The Cross"
"Jesus Will Do What You Can't"
"Greater Is He"
2004 Driven "He Came Looking for Me"
"Good Day"
"The Shepherd's Call"
2006 Blur the Lines "Nothing but the Blood"
"I'd Rather Have Jesus"
2007 Letting Go "Child of the King"
"Give It All to Him"

Awards and honors[edit]

The band has been presented the "Favorite Band of the Year" award by the Singing News readers in 1999, 2001, and 2003. The group has also won numerous SGN Music Awards (presented by including Song of the Year, Mixed Group of the Year and Album of the Year over the years.

Jason Crabb was the recipient of the "Favorite Young Artist" award at the 2000 Singing News Fan Awards and "Male Vocalist of the Year" at the 2004 Harmony Honors and SGN Music Awards. Meanwhile, sister Kelly Bowling garnered a "Female Vocalist of the Year" in the 2005 SGN Music Awards. Justin Ellis, the group's pianist, was awarded Musician of the Year in the 2007 SGN Music Awards.[1]

The Crabb Family has been nominated for 22 GMA Dove Awards, winning 11. They have also received three NARAS Grammy Award nominations.

GMA Dove Awards
Year Category Work Result
2003 Southern Gospel Album of the Year A Crabb Collection Won
Southern Gospel Song of the Year "Don't You Wanna Go?" Won
2004 Southern Gospel Album of the Year The Walk Won
Southern Gospel Song of the Year "The Cross" Won
2005 Group of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year "Through the Fire" Nominated
Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year "You Can't Imagine" Nominated
Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year "He Came Looking for Me" Won
Southern Gospel Album of the Year Driven Won
Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year "Through the Fire" Won
Country Recorded Song of the Year "Forever" Won
2006 Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year "Holy Ground" Nominated
Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year "Greater Is He" Nominated
Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year "Through the Fire" Won
Southern Gospel Album of the Year Live at Brooklyn Tabernacle Won
Long Form Music Video of the Year Live at Brooklyn Tabernacle Nominated
2007 Artist of the Year Nominated
Inspirational Album of the Year Blur the Lines Nominated
Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year "Nothing But the Blood" Nominated
Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year "Can't Nobody do Me Like Jesus" Won
2008 Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year "You Saved Me" Nominated
2012 Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year "If There Ever Was A Time" Nominated
Grammy Awards nominations
Year Category Work
2004 Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album The Walk
2005 Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album Driven
2006 Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album Live at Brooklyn Tabernacle


  • 2003: #1 Hits Live (Eagle Vision)
  • 2004: Crabb Fest Live 2003 (Word)
  • 2005: Live at Brooklyn Tabernacle (Daywind)
  • 2005: Remembering The Greats (Daywind)
  • 2009: The Best of the Crabb Family (Spring House)
  • 2009: Grand Finale: The Ultimate Concert Experience (Provident Music)

Gaither Homecoming video performances[edit]

  • 2001: What a Time: "Please Forgive Me"
  • 2001: Glorious Church: "That's No Mountain" (released in 2021)
  • 2002: New Orleans Homecoming: "Through The Fire"
  • 2002: God Bless America: "The Lion, The Lamb, And The King"
  • 2003: Red Rocks Homecoming: "The Reason That I'm Standing"
  • 2003: Dottie Rambo with the Homecoming Friends: "Tears Will Never Stain The Streets Of That City"
  • 2003: Build A Bridge: "Greater Is He In Me"
  • 2007: How Great Thou Art: "I'd Rather Have Jesus"


  1. ^ a b The Crabb Family Biography Archived September 1, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Kathy Crabb Hannah interview: Stronger on Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk
  3. ^ Crabb Family Says Farewell Archived July 20, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Terah Crabb Penhollow: Putting Family First on
  5. ^ Evans, Scott. "Crabb Family To Reunite For Project And Tour". Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Cast of Virtuous". Archived from the original on 2014-09-27. Retrieved 25 September 2014.

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