The Joyful Sounds of Christmas! Dottie Rambo, The Crabb Family, The Freeman’s and More! -- Dec 8th on “Praise The Lord”-- TBN
Dec 6 (Nashville, TN ) ----“Praise the Lord” continues to be one of Trinity Broadcasting Network’s most highly rated programs. Like old friends stopping by to say “Hi,” prominent people drop in frequently to chat on “Praise the Lord”— TBN’s flagship production. From all walks of life, they come to share their faith in God. They are leading pastors from America’s largest churches, astronauts, champion athletes, war heroes, movie stars, and country music entertainers. “Praise the Lord” is televised live from TBN production facilities throughout the U.S. On Wednesday Dec 8th at 7 pm (PST), “Praise the Lord” welcomes The Crabb Family Singers, The Freemans, Gospel Hall of Famer, Dottie West, and others for a night of praise and worship mixed with the joyful sounds of Christmas. This holiday extravaganza will be broadcast from TBN’s Nashville production studio.
Dottie Rambo-- undisputed queen of gospel music and internationally acclaimed recording artist, began writing songs at the age of eight, while sitting on a creek bank near her Morganfield, Kentucky home. Her talent soon received widespread recognition, resulting in many invitations to sing in churches and at various public functions. The demand became so heavy that she left home at the age of twelve to embark upon a full-time career of singing and composing music. Dottie’s distinctive voice and affecting delivery won her legions of fans and her career soared through the early ’80s. But health problems sidelined this magnetic, amazing woman for almost two decades; preventing her from sharing the songs she wrote, accept by the voices of others. This all changed with the release of Stand By The River, her first solo project in 18 years. The project included some of her favorite songs from the past combined with brand-new compositions. The title cut, “Stand By The River”, a duet with Dolly Parton, has garnered massive airplay and has already been nominated in three categories, including the 2003 Song Of The Year by The Christian Country Music Association. Dottie has been the recipient of numerous awards, beginning in 1968 with a Grammy for her solo album ’It’s the Soul of Me.’ Billboard Magazine named her Trendsetter of the Year for the same album. In recognition of her prolific songwriting ability, the Christian Country Music Association honored her in 1994 as the Songwriter of The Century and in 2002 presented her with the Living Legend award. She is a member of the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame, and she has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame twice.
History, experience and spiritual wisdom are three attributes that can be used to describe the foundation of the Freeman ministry. Deeply rooted with family, the Freemans experience spans 30 years. From Darrell’s entrance at age 16 with his family’s group, the Pathways, to Chris’s award-winning teenage years with the Hinsons, the Freemans know the ins and outs of Southern Gospel music. No doubt, Chris’s unique sound is the reason she was the youngest female artist ever to receive the coveted “Queen of Gospel Music” award two years in a row (’76, ’77) as voted by the readers of Singing News Magazine. In 1980, the lives of Darrel and Chris Freeman became one when they married on August 2nd. After singing with the Pathways for three years Darrell and Chris headed for Nashville and began the Freemans. Joe Freeman, Darrell’s cousin, soon joined them as the third part harmony, as well as their keyboard player. With this sound they have garnered tremendous growth and success. In 1997, Darrell and Chris’s daughter, Misty, began playing acoustic guitar with the group on stage. Then in 1998, she began singing with them when they recorded Standing Out. In 2001, Misty recorded a solo project titled It’s All True. Her first single, What Judas Didn’t Know, quickly climbed the charts to become a top ten hit, as well as a top 40 hit for 2002 according to Singing News magazine. With her young, vibrant sound she is quickly broadening the base of Southern Gospel music. Look for her as she now does her own set during most Freeman concerts. Caylon Freeman, Darrell and Chris’s youngest child, decided to join his family on the road full-time in 2002. He left public school for home school, and is now the drumming sound of the group. Now in their 20th year, the Freemans, still do approximately 250 dates a year, and continue to experience tremendous success. They pray that their ministry will continue to bless the lives of those they come in contact with. They truly are one of Southern Gospel music’s favorite families.
The Crabb Family
In a little country church where Gerald Crabb was pastor, God began to birth the ministry of the Crabb Family. Gerald and Kathy Crabb recognized their children’s talents and helped to cultivate not only their vocal and musical abilities, but their spiritual gifts as well. As each of their children began to find his or her place in the ministry, Gerald and Kathy felt God prompting them to begin this ministry that has exceeded all boundaries in a short while. Since stepping out into a full-time ministry nearly 10 years ago, a divine calling from God to reach the lost accentuated with mountain-moving faith have been the keys to this family’s success. Although Gerald and Kathy Crabb passed the torch to their children and retired from the road two years ago, they are still very involved in their children’s ministry. Gerald continues to write some of the most powerful songs ever recorded, while Kathy’s intuition and business skills seem to keep the ministry balanced and progressive.Misc. Crabb Family Facts: 2004 Grammy nomination for Best Southern, Bluegrass, or Country Gospel Album (The Walk);14 #1 songs on the national radio charts:2003 Dove Award winners for Southern Gospel Album and Song of the Year.
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