Artist of the Year winner Jason Crabb said since he comes from a small town in Kentucky, “I never thought I’d be singing on this stage, but I’m living out my dream and encouraging everyone else to do the same.”
A humble Crabb, who lives in Hendersonville, Tenn., with his family, said he picked out his own outfit for the show – a spiffy beige jacket with elbow patches and dark jeans – and excitedly broke the news that Ed Cash is one of the producers working on his next album, which he’s working on now.
Crabb, nominated for a leading eight awards heading into the show, won two Doves at Thursday’s ceremony – a Male Vocalist of the Year trophy accompanies the coveted Artist of the Year prize.
During the show, Crabb participated in a tribute to Russ Taff, turning out a potent version of Taff’s “Ain’t No Grave.” Backstage, Crabb said a Taff song was one of the first he ever bought as a fledgling singer and expressed gratitude at the level of inspiration Taff had on his career.
The 43rd Annual Dove Awards will air on GMC at 8 p.m. Tuesday.