Bill Gaither has officially announced the hire of Adam Crabb for… well, ONE of the vacancies left by Michael English and Mark Lowry, though it’s not clear which. The remaining vocalist hasn’t yet been announced, but rumor has it that it’s
Travis Cottrell Joseph Habedank ???. The press release for Crabb’s hire says the final replacement will be announced “later in the year.”
If Cottrell were hired, how would you utilize him and Adam if you were Bill? The most natural lineup to my mind would be Crabb on lead and Cottrell on baritone, since Cottrell’s voice is lower and Crabb is more distinctive. It would produce a similar sound to the English lineup given English’s influence on all the Crabb brothers. Frankly, I hate to say it but the sound might actually be improved with the replacement. Crabb’s voice is still soulful, but much younger, healthier and smoother. Like English, Crabb solo is a voice I could take or leave, but when it becomes part of the unified whole that is the GVB, something changes. I’m definitely looking forward to what Adam can bring to the group and how Bill can help him grow vocally. This is a great opportunity for him and a big jump-start to his career after the breakup of Crabb Revival and several years solo.
What do you think of the hire? Cast your vote!