Artist's Biography

Sandi Patty / Jason Crabb

Tuned in concert 12/16/12 – Lakeland, FL @ Victory Church   (Short video clip shot during the concert)  Concert

Sandi Patty

Patty was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, into a family of musicians; her father was a minister of music and her mother served as the church pianist. She first performed at the age of two when she sang "Jesus Loves Me" for her church, Phoenix First Church of God (Anderson, Indiana). First growing up in Phoenix, then San Diego, she and her brothers joined her parents in a performing group, known as "The Ron Patty Family," and sang at churches across the nation during summer holidays. After high school graduation from Crawford High in San Diego, CA, she attended San Diego State University and Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, where she studied voice and conducting. While studying at Anderson University, she worked as a studio musician for area recording studios, singing background vocals and recording commercial jingles, including one for Juicy Fruit gum. Her reputation as a performer and studio singer grew during the late 1970s, and it was during this time that she initiated contact with legendary Christian musician, Bill Gaither.
Singing career

Patty recorded her first album, For My Friends, an independent effort, that landed in the hands of executives at Singspiration! records. In 1979, she was signed to Singspiration! and released her first professional record, Sandi's Song. According to the FAQ section on her website, the name on her birth certificate is Sandra Patty.  A printer's error on the labeling listed her name as Sandi Patti, and she used this moniker as her stage name for the next fifteen years, before correcting it to Sandi Patty.

Her career expanded after she won her first two GMA Dove Awards in 1982, and began singing backup for Bill Gaither and the Bill Gaither Trio. She headlined her first national tour in 1984, and reached national acclaim after her rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" was included during the ABC Statue of Liberty re-dedication broadcast on July 4, 1986. This exposure led to multiple mainstream television appearances including The Tonight Show, Christmas in Washington, and Walt Disney's Fourth of July Extravaganza. She was invited to sing the national anthem at the Indianapolis 500 from 1987–1988 and 1990–1992.

At the peak of her career, her concerts were so heavily attended that she performed in often sold-out mainstream arenas and concert halls. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, she averaged over 200 concerts a year, and supported a staff of over 30 that managed her career. In 1995, she was also featured in the Warren Chaney docudrama, America: A Call to Greatness.  During this period of time she was noted, often critically, as the highest-paid singer in the Christian music industry, largely due to massive touring and high-profile public appearances.

Patty changed her career by expanding her musical appeal which included pop concert performances with symphony orchestras including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops, and the Dallas Symphony as well as serving for many years as the master of ceremonies for the Yuletide Celebration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

In 2000, she had a guest singing appearance at the end of a 7th heaven episode (season four, episode 20). She appeared in the 2006 annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. A televised performance of Sandi Patty's Yuletide Special was filmed for syndication in 2006, with other performers—including the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the U.S. Air Force Reserve Band.

In 2004, Patty was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and in 2007 was awarded the GMA Music in the Rockies Summit Award.

In May 2008, Patty released her 30th studio recording, Songs For The Journey, in which she covers classic hymns of the church and other modern gospel classics. 2008 also saw the release of five separate compilation recordings of past songs taken from previous albums.

In 2009, Patty received two GMA Dove Award nominations: Female Vocalist Of The Year, and Inspirational Album Of The Year (Songs For The Journey).

Simply Sandi, an acoustic album, is the first solo project to be released on her own record label, Stylos Records (a label with three artists—Sandi, Ben Utecht, and Heather Payne). It was released on May 5, 2009. This album includes new renditions of some of Sandi's most beloved songs including "In Heaven's Eyes", "Via Dolorosa" and "The Stage is Bare". WEA Distribution is the distributor for Stylos Records, although this album is not being released commercially.

In Fall 2009, Sandi released her first live Christmas album entitled Christmas: LIVE. The album includes live performances of her past Christmas favorites including "O Holy Night", "Someday", and a duet with her husband Don Peslis in "The Prayer".

In Fall 2010, The Edge of the Divine was released. The album featured a new version of her popular song "We Shall Behold Him", plus eight new songs with a fresh contemporary sound—one of which she performs with Heather Payne. A book of the same name was also released—with the sub-title "Where Possibility Meets God's Faithfulness."

In October, 2011, at the age of 55, Sandi released "Broadway Stories," her first non-religious album. From iTunes Review: Before Sandi Patty was a Christian music star, she developed her craft by performing stage standards and pop tunes from the Great American Songbook. Broadway Stories reaffirms her mastery of such material against gorgeous backdrops provided by the 64-piece Prague Symphony Orchestra. From the first track to the last, Patty shows an easy command of the Broadway idiom, applying her formidable pipes to material worthy of her talents.

In January, 2012, Sandi starred as Dolly Levi in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's world premiere concert stage version of the Broadway musical, "Hello, Dolly!" to rave reviews.

Sandi Patty is known for her wide vocal range, flexibility, and emotional expression. In her early recordings, she created a trademark for herself by exploiting her range to its fullest advantage, through the "power ballad" vehicle, sweeping orchestral gestures, and a series of key modulations building to a crescendo and signature high vocal ending. This style, often defined as being in the "inspirational" genre of Christian music, flourished throughout the 1980s. In later years, Patty's versatility has allowed her to expand into other styles, such as black gospel, southern gospel, classic and modern pop, and American musical theater. On her official website, she discusses her range saying "To be honest, my range has changed a bit over the years but my mom says it’s about four octaves (F below middle C to high F above double high C). Really singing high is just like screaming on pitch."


    1984: Best Gospel Performance By A Duo Or Group for “More Than Wonderful” with Larnelle Harris
    1986: Best Gospel Performance By A Duo Or Group, Choir Or Chorus for “I've Just Seen Jesus” with Larnelle Harris
    1987: Best Gospel Performance By A Duo Or Group, Choir Or Chorus for “They Say” with Deniece Williams
    1987: Best Gospel Performance, Female for “Morning Like This”
    1991: Best Pop Gospel Album for Another Time... Another Place

GMA Dove Awards

    1982–1992: Female Vocalist of the Year
    1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988: Artist of the Year
    1983: Inspirational Album of the Year for Lift Up the Lord
    1984: Inspirational Album of the Year for More Than Wonderful
    1985: Inspirational Album of the Year for Songs from the Heart
    1987: Inspirational Album of the Year for Morning Like This
    1988: Song of the Year for “In the Name of the Lord”
    1989: Inspirational Album of the Year for Make His Praise Glorious
    1989: Inspirational Song of the Year for “In Heaven’s Eyes”
    1990: Children’s Album of the Year for The Friendship Company
    1991: Inspirational Album of the Year for Another Time, Another Place
    1992: Inspirational Song of the Year for “For All the World”
    1992: Children’s Album of the Year for Open for Business; the Friendship Company
    1992: Short Form Music Video of the Year for “Another Time, Another Place”
    1994: Short Form Music Video of the Year for “Hand on My Shoulder”
    1995: Inspirational Album of the Year for Find It on the Wings
    1996: Special Event Album of the Year for My Utmost for His Highest (various artists)
    1998: Inspirational Album of the Year for Artist of My Soul
    1998: Special Event Album of the Year for God with Us - A Celebration of Christmas Carols & Classics (various artists)
    1999: Long Form Music Video of the Year for My Utmost for His Highest (various artists)
    1999: Spanish Language Album of the Year for Libertad de Mas
    2011: Inspirational Album of the Year for The Edge of the Divine

Inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 2004

    1978: Sandi Patty – For My Friends – Burlap Sound Inc (Anderson, Indiana) – catalog # BSI-0183LP
    1979: Sandi's Song
    1981: Love Overflowing
    1982: Lift Up the Lord
    1983: Live: More Than Wonderful
    1983: The Gift Goes On (Christmas)
    1984: Songs from the Heart
    1985: Hymns Just for You
    1986: Morning Like This
    1988: Make His Praise Glorious
    1989: The Finest Moments
    1989: Sandi Patti and The Friendship Company
    1990: Another Time...Another Place
    1991: The Friendship Company: Open for Business
    1992: Hallmark Christmas: Celebrate Christmas!
    1993: Le Voyage
    1994: Find It On the Wings
    1996: O Holy Night! (Christmas)
    1996: An American Songbook
    1997: Artist of My Soul
    1998: Libertad Me Das (Spanish album)
    1999: Together: Sandi Patty & Kathy Troccoli
    2000: These Days
    2001: All the Best...Live!
    2003: Take Hold of Christ
    2004: Hymns of Faith...Songs of Inspiration
    2005: Yuletide Joy (Christmas)
    2007: Falling Forward
    2008: Songs for The Journey
    2009: Simply Sandi
    2009: Christmas Live (Christmas)
    2010: The Edge of the Divine
    2011: Broadway Stories


    1985: Inspirational Favorites
    1992: Hallmark Christmas: Celebrate Christmas!
    1994: Quiet Reflections
    1996: Hallmark Christmas: It's Christmas! Sandi Patty & Peabo Bryson
    2005: Duets
    2006: The Voice of Christmas
    2007: The Definitive Collection
    2008: Gospel Greats
    2008: Via Dolorosa: Songs of Redemption
    2008: A Mother's Prayer: Songs that Inspire a Mother's Heart
    2008: Quiet Hearts: Songs of Restful Peace for Women
    2008: Let There Be Praise
    2009: Duets 2
    2011: The Best of Sandi Patty from the Gaither Homecoming Series
    2012: The Voice of Christmas, Volume 2
   2012: Rarities

Jason Crabb

Spend half your life doing any one thing, and at some point, you’re bound to question whether or not that one thing was the right thing.

For Jason Crabb, longtime powerhouse lead vocalist for The Crabb Family, that has never been a question.

With a soulful, unforgettable voice like his, the ‘right thing’ was always a given. He was born to sing. Baptized in a God-given talent pool, weaned on the hymnal and mentored by Bill Gaither himself, Jason Crabb hit the road at age 14 and, alongside his family, has pursued his calling full-throttle 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 was honored to sing for the Rev. Billy Graham’s farewell crusade in New York City. His voice has echoed in churches great and small at home in the U.S. and around the world.

But in 2007, the Grammy nominated, 10-time Dove Award winner, felt the winds of change blow in, and he knew it was time to pursue a new path. Solo.

The eclectic, even stunning result is Jason Crabb, a 12-track collection of authentic, lyrically rich songs delivered by one of the finest voices of his generation. Certainly one of the most acclaimed voices in all of Gospel music.

Produced by Grammy Award-winning Tommy Sims (Michael W. Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Michael McDonald, Amy Grant) and Norro Wilson (Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, George Jones, Shania Twain), Jason Crabb showcases this one-of-a-kind vocalist in all his stylistic glory. From driving full-country tunes to R&B-infused gospel to reinterpreted southern gospel classics, the recording features cameo appearances by country music legend Vince Gill, southern Gospel mainstay The Gaither Vocal Band and acclaimed songstress Sonya Isaacs.

Jason Crabb puts to flight the wings that grew out of his deep roots in gospel.

“I love singing with my family,” says Jason of his journey. “So it was always good to travel with them, and they remain some of my closest friends today. We approached our music as a team, which was effective, and I am so grateful for all we did as a family, but there was always this sense of ‘I’ve got so much more in here that I want to get out of me.’”

When The Crabb Family decided to officially retire, his siblings followed their dreams, but Jason wrestled with how he could chase his own and still be accepted by the audience that knows and loves him best.

“To be real honest,” he says, “I was a nervous wreck. It was like throwing sand into the wind; I didn’t really know how it would turn out. But I just relied on the truth I’d known for many years: ‘The songs pick you. And once they do, if you just let the song be the song, you will know what to do with it. You’ll know where to take it to best connect with the audience.”

And while that can’t be said of everyone who considers himself a performing artist, it is certainly true of Jason Crabb. He’s that rare breed of artist whose best gift is his ability to interpret a lyric. To wrap his soul-patina’d voice so completely around the message that what is heard transcends the mere marriage of poetry and sound.

Continuing the tradition his father, Gerald Crabb, taught him so well—that the best lyrics are rooted in real life, where real people live—Jason’s solo debut paints with broad strokes: Authenticity. Hope. Faith. Humanness.

“ It’s the path you take, the step you make that makes you who you are; it’s the life you live, the gifts you give, the love that’s in your heart. Just try to do the best you can to be a better man. You don’t have to walk on water, it’s how you walk on land.” —from “Walk on Water”

With songs like “Walk on Water” (written by Bobby O. Pinson, Trent Tomlinson, Vicky McGehee) and “Sometimes I Cry,” (written by Gerald Crabb, one of the most prolific songwriters around with 22 #1 southern Gospel hits), Jason both acknowledges and encourages hurting people, leaving something more substantive that ‘feel good entertainment.’

“People everywhere are hurting,” he says. “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% of everything I’ve sung before. It’s a slow song. There’s no modulation at the end, no rousing note at the end; but the first time we did it live, people stood to their feet. They needed to hear it, to be reminded that’s it’s okay to be honest about where they are.”

“Ellsworth,” a poignant story-song about the power of love and memories co-written by Neil Thrasher, gives the collection a decidedly country feel. Featuring background vocals from the incomparable Vince Gill, “Ellsworth” is “the kind of song that sticks in your heart and reminds you how precious life is,” Jason says. “Everybody wants a love like that, and to see it in that story... well, it’s just a powerful thing.”

And that story is especially close to Jason whose wife’s grandmother suffers from Alzheimer’s, making it a disease with which they are all too familiar. “I knew immediately when I heard this song that I wanted to record it. I did it to honor Shellye and her grandmother specifically and hope it encourages many others.

Other surprises on the debut include: the bouncing, danceable “Hope For Me Yet,” a Marc Broussard/Radney Foster/Justin Tocket ode to love, “Forever’s End” penned by Randy Goodrum (“Oh Sherry,” “You Needed Me”), reinterpretations of the Crabb Family favorite “Through The Fire,” and “Daystar,” a Cathedrals’ classic, and a worshipful ballad “I Will Love You.”

“ With my every breath, I’ll make your mercy known. With every soul on earth or all alone, I will love you, Lord, I will love you.” —from “I Will Love You”

It was never a question in his mind. Jason Crabb was born to sing. And sing he would. Anyone who has ever heard him sing would bear witness. His gospel roots always ran deep, and he logged the miles to prove it. But this, this is different.

This is Jason Crabb, standing in his own shoes, singing the songs that make his own heart, his own voice, soar.
 Jason Crabb Book

Crabb was voted "Favorite Male Vocalist" at the first annual Harmony Honors Awards and "Favorite Young Artist" at the 2000 Singing News Fan Awards. In 2004, he was voted 2004 Gospel Music Male Vocalist of the Year. He has been nominated for many other awards during his career. He has worked extensively with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir as a soloist.

As a solo artist, he was signed to Spring Hill Music Group. His self-titled debut solo album was released on June 30, 2009.[2] It reached No. 62 on the Billboard 200, No. 2 on the Billboard Christian albums chart, and No. 1 on Nielsen SoundScan’s Southern Gospel albums chart.[1][3] The album won a 2010 Grammy award for "Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass Gospel Album".[4] It won a 2010 Grammy Award. The album was also nominated for a Dove Award for Country Album of the Year at the 41st GMA Dove Awards.On September 28, 2010, Spring Hill Music Group released Jason's second solo project, a Christmas album titled Because It's Christmas.

Jason and his wife, Shellye, have two daughters, Ashleigh Taylor and Emmaleigh Love.

The Crabb Family retired the group in 2007 to go their separate ways. In 2011, the group reunited, recording a new album, along with a concert tour.

Year  Album details  Peak  Certifications
(sales threshold)
Heat  Gospel  Christian
2009  Jason Crabb

    Released: June 30, 2009
    Label: Spring Hill Music Group
    Format: CD

2010  Because It's Christmas

    Released: September 28, 2010
    Label: Spring Hill Music Group
    Format: CD


Jason Crabb has received several awards and nominations, both as part of a group and as a solo artist.
Dove Awards
Year  Award  Result
2005  Male Vocalist of the Year  Nominated
2006  Male Vocalist of the Year  Nominated
2010  Country Recorded Song of the Year ("Somebody Like Me")  Won
Artist of the Year  Nominated
Male Vocalist of the Year  Nominated
Song of the Year ("Somebody Like Me")  Nominated
Country Album of the Year (Jason Crabb)  Nominated
2011  Song of the Year ("Sometimes I Cry")  Won
Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year ("Joseph")  Won
Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year ("Go Tell It on the Mountain")  Won
Artist of the Year  Nominated
Male Vocalist of the Year  Nominated
2012  Artist of the Year  Won
Male Vocalist of the Year  Won
Song of the Year ("Who Am I")  Nominated
Country Recorded Song of the Year ("Why Me")  Nominated
Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year ("I Saw the Light")  Nominated
Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year ("I'd Rather Have Jesus")  Nominated
Southern Gospel Album of the Year ("The Song Lives On")  Nominated
Long Form Music Video of the Year ("The Song Lives On")  Nominated
Grammy Awards
Year  Award  Result
2010  Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass Gospel Album  Won

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