“Home For Christmas,” the latest holiday offering from two-time Grammy Award-winner and 22-time Dove Award honoree Jason Crabb, released Friday from Red Street Records. The three-song EP was produced and arranged by the late Tim Akers (Reba McEntire, CeCe Winans), along with Grammy-winning Rascal Flatts founding member and Red Street CEO Jay DeMarcus.
The project features two original selections as well as Crabb’s new rendition of the Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene-penned Christmas classic, “Mary, Did You Know?” With its horn-studded R&B groove, the nostalgic title-cut, “Being Home For Christmas,” was written by Crabb, Don Koch, Caleb Ward and Jordan Ward and celebrates the importance of family above the trappings of the season. And “Who Could’ve Dreamed?” is an inspirational pop ballad penned by Koch, Akers and Tony Wood spotlighting the true meaning of Christmas as Crabb proclaims, “Who could have looked into that holy stable and seen the shadow of the cross?”
The “Home For Christmas” EP previews Crabb's full-length holiday recording set for release next year.
“When I signed to Red Street and Jay asked me what I wanted to do, I told him a Christmas project was one of my dream records,” Crabb shared. “I’ve been doing music for a while now, and you hope and pray for something that helps define your legacy. I think this Christmas project is that record for me. These are the songs I hope my grandkids will grab hold of and be proud of what Grandpa did.”
He added, “I was so honored to work with Tim Akers again, and this was his last project. He was a friend and we’d collaborated before, but this time was special. Tim was producing and arranging the strings for the record when his leukemia came back. He even sat in the hospital in his last days and worked on the music. Nashville lost an amazing talent in Tim, and I really want this record to honor his life. We love you, Tim.”
“Home For Christmas” arrives on the heels of Crabb’s June Red Street Records debut, “Just As I Am.” Produced by DeMarcus, the five-song EP is highlighted by the title-cut and lead single – “a powerful declaration of faith in the one who is constant and sure.”
One of Gospel and Christian music’s most iconic voices, Kentucky-born Crabb has been honored with two Grammys and 22 GMA Dove Awards – the latter including nods for Artist, Male Vocalist and Song of the Year. He is the youngest member inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, and his hometown of Beaver Dam, Kentucky, has paid tribute with a street in his name. Since his first solo release in 2009, he has performed on many of the world’s most prestigious stages, such as Carnegie Hall, the Grand Ole Opry, the Brooklyn Tabernacle and Billy Graham’s final crusade.
DeMarcus – a founding member of Rascal Flatts, Grammy-winning producer and bassist -launched Red Street Records in 2019. Along with DeMarcus, veteran industry executive Mark Lusk (president/general manager) and award-winning songwriter/producer Don Koch lead the Red Street Records team.