Gerald Crab was born in Rosine, Kentucky, a small rural town, which is also the birthplace of Bill Monroe, the founder of bluegrass music. At age five, Gerald sang for the first time in public at a church in Louisville, Kentucky. Even as a child he had a passion for music, and by the time he was 11, he had learned to play the guitar.
At the age of 16 he began his ministry and preached his first sermon in a small church near Horse Branch, Kentucky. Since his ministry began, he has pastored seven churches—two of which he founded.
He has written over 400 songs and has had 22 national number one songs. From Jan. 1998-Dec. 2006, one or more of his songs held the number one spot on the national southern gospel chart for 37 months out of a 107-month period.
1994 Gerald founded the international known group The Crabb Family.
Gerald has won multiple songwriter of the year awards,
42nd Annual 2011 Dove Awards – Song Writer of the year
42nd Annual 2011 Dove Awards – Song of the year “Sometimes I Cry”, Recorded by Jason Crabb
Including five other Dove Awards and the prestigious BMI Christian songwriter and BMI publisher of the year awards. For nine consecutive years he was selected by the GMA to perform at the Songwriters’ Showcase with other writers such as Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Nicole C. Mullen, Bart Mallard, Kirk Franklin, Mac Powell, Mark Hall, and many others.
This singer, songwriter, and preacher has had the opportunity to appear on the Gaither Videos, TBN, The 700 Club, the INSP, CMT & GAC. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, The Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman Auditorium, Red Rocks Colorado, and The Brooklyn Tabernacle.
Many of the songs that this songwriter has written have been recorded by popular groups and singers such as The Crabb Family, Randy Travis, Marie Osmond, Marty Raybon, Larry Sparks, Jason Crabb, The Gaither Vocal Band, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Donny McClurkin, Karen Peck, The Talley Trio, The Hoppers, and many others.
Through The Fire, written by Gerald
Was featured on the 51st Annual Grammy Award winning
Album Glory Train- Randy Travis (Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel album Category.)
It was featured on the 52nd Annual Grammy winning Album, Jason Crabb-Jason Crabb
(Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel album Category.)
Gerald and his wife, Debi, make their home in Ripley, Mississippi. Their 2011 schedule included 197 appointments including concerts, camp meetings, and revivals.
GMA Writers Showcase, Southern Gospel Writer for 9 consecutive years.
22 National number one songs.
1994 – Founded The Crabb Family
1998 – Please Forgive Me #1 Southern Gospel Song of the year.
2000 – Through The Fire # 1 Southern Gospel Song of the year
2001 – BMI performance award for Through The Fire
2002 – BMI Songwriter of the year
BMI Publisher of the year
The Reason That I’m Standing
#1 Southern Gospel Song of the year.
BMI performance award for That’s No Mountain
2003 – BMI performance award for The Healer
BMI performance award for Don’t You Wanna Go
Dove award – Don’t You Wanna Go,
Southern Gospel song of the year.
Dove award – Southern Gospel Album of the year,
Crabb Collection (Producer)
2004 – Southern Gospel music guild Songwriter of the year
Dove award- The Cross, Southern gospel song of the year
Dove award- Southern Gospel Album of the year, The Walk
BMI performance award Please Come Down To Me
2005- SGN Music Awards Songwriter of the year
SGN Music Awards Song of the year award
He Came Looking For Me
SGN Music Awards Progressive Song of The Year
Greater Is He
Diamond Award Songwriter of the year
Dove Award top 5 Songwriter of the year nominee
Dove Award He Came Looking For Me
Southern Gospel Song of the year
Dove Award Forever, Country Recorded Song of The Year
Dove Award Through The Fire
Traditional Gospel recorded song of the year.
Dove Award – Southern Gospel Album of the year, Driven
BMI performance award for Places To Go, People To See
Southern Gospel Music Guild Songwriter of the year
2006- Dove Award – Through The Fire
Southern Gospel Song of the year
2007- Fanfair Award – Hold Me While I Cry, Favorite Song
BMI performance – award Shepherds Call
Diamond Award – Soloist of the year
Diamond Award – Songwriter Of The Year
2008- SGN Music Awards – Songwriter of the year (Artist)
2010- Diamond Award – Songwriter Of The Year
2011-Dove Award – Song of the year – “Sometimes I Cry” Recorded by Jason Crabb
Dove Award – Songwriter of the year
Diamond Award – Song of the year – “Please Forgive Me” Recorded by the Gaither Vocal Band