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Grammy winning artist to debut album at Free Chapel
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Jason Crabb is set to release his album, "Unexpected," April 20, 2018. Photo courtesy Conduit Media Solutions.
It’s not often Grammy-winning artists make their way to Gainesville. But on Wednesday, April 18, one will be performing a free show at Free Chapel.

Jason Crabb, a Christian artist, is releasing his new record, “Unexpected,” to the crowd that shows up to the church on McEver Road. He’s long been a friend of the Rev. Jentezen Franklin, so he said he’s excited to celebrate the release of his new album with the Free Chapel family.

CD Release Celebration
Who: Jason Crabb
Where: Free Chapel, 3001 McEver Road, Gainesville
When: 7 p.m. April 18

How much: Free

“They’ve been so kind to me through the years,” Crabb said. “I get to come be a part of their services five or six times a year, and it’s just kind of like my home away from home. They open their arms up to me and allow me to do what I do.”

Crabb said he does so much with the different arrangements on his new record that there’s something everyone will like. One song may lean a little more toward country, while another leans toward old-school rock. He said one of the arrangements is even like a 1980s ballad.

“It’s a little bit of everything,” Crabb said. “The voicing is a little bit more soulful, though. That kind of bluesy soul.”

The record was produced by Jay DeMarcus, a member of the country band Rascal Flatts. Gary Vernon Jr., more commonly known as Gary LeVox, the lead singer of Rascal Flatts, sings with Crabb on one of the tracks, too.

“It’s for sure probably one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever had the opportunity to do,” Crabb said.

He said the songs on “Unexpected” are focused on love and hope. That’s the message he wants to get across, especially, he said, with how the world is now. He also shares different parts of his life through the music, after being married for almost 20 years and having teenagers at home.

“It’s going to be something for everyone,” Crabb said. “I would say even if you’re not a regular churchgoer, you’re going to be moved by the music and the message that it brings.”

Guests can purchase the album at Free Chapel on Wednesday night before it’s released Friday, April 20.

“We’ve got people coming from all over the United States,” Crabb said. “It’s going to be a wonderful night. It’s going to be a time of celebration and it’s going to be lots of fun.”