The Gaither Vocal Band Hires Adam Crabb

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!

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19 thoughts on “The Gaither Vocal Band Hires Adam Crabb

  1. Marcia

    quoting above: “one of the vacancies left by Michael English and David Phelps…” Do you know some other horrible news yet to be announced?? 🙂 hope not . . .

  2. Marcia

    Oh, should have also added my vote on the new hire — I say, it remains to be seen/heard how Adam will fit in/enhance the group vocally, personally, and spiritually. Fingers crossed!

    1. I would be very interested to see if Travis’s voice changes at all. There’s a lot of potential there but a lot of room to grow as well. He would need to improve his technique so that it put less strain on the vocal cords, but the GVB is the perfect environment in which to build exactly those skills.

    1. Yes! Who knows… 🙂 Habedank, now that would be an interesting hire. I wonder how he would be received—some folks took it the wrong way when he left the Perrys, but myself I understood his choice. He’s married and would probably like to start a family, and the Perrys’ future was frankly pretty uncertain at that point. If he joined the GVB now that would put him in a secure place financially.

      1. John Situmbeko

        Did Habedank leave the Perrys for financial reasons and uncertainty of what would become of the group? If that was the case, folks would rightly take his leaving the wrong way. Folks would expect him to fear not tomorrow in this age of uncertainty, for God’s already there.

        Nonetheless when he left I was more disappointed that he was depriving Perrys fans (myself included) of his voice. Should he join the Vocal Band, I will arise and annoint my brow with oil for joy.

      2. No specific reasons were given, but that would be a sensible conjecture. I wouldn’t presume to judge his motives. We can rarely know God’s will with certain confidence. We can seek his guidance, but we have to make wise choices too.

      3. John Situmbeko

        I totally agree with you. Leaving a group is usually a tough decision to make for most singers, especially if you have worked with that group for so long and a bond has been created that not even death itself can break. I can only imagine how hard it must have been for Joseph to leave at a time when he was most needed. He must have taken all to God in prayer and in child-like faith stepped ahead, because that move was a really bold one, I’m sure it was made after much consideration and prayer.

    2. Saved Girl

      “Did Habedank leave the Perrys for financial reasons and uncertainty of what would become of the group? If that was the case, folks would rightly take his leaving the wrong way. Folks would expect him to fear not tomorrow in this age of uncertainty, for God’s already there.”

      John, trust in God does not negate our stewardship responsibilities. It is wise to take into consideration your ability to provide for your family.

      1. John Situmbeko

        I totally get your point Saved Girl. Though I can’t help but wonder wether he was more financially secure after he left the group than when he still was with the group. The way I see it is he would have done both the group and his family a great deal of good if he had chosen to stay.

      2. John Situmbeko

        Also, while trust in God does not negate our stewardship responsibilities, it sure does relieve us of worrying o’er the future. You can’t trust and worry at the same time. I really don’t believe Joseph would have been sacrificing the well being of his family by staying with the Perrys. However I still don’t condemn him, he did what he did with no ill intentions or out selfish reasons, and he said he was following God’s leading. I believe he was.

  3. Olaneljonoislejeju

    Joseph Habedank left the road because of an addiction to prescription pain medication. He gave his testimony a few weeks ago at a church and I was able to watch online. He has been clean for over 200 days. There was a link to the service over at Southern Gospel Blog on a thread about him starting a solo ministry. So he did leave for selfish reasons, to get clean. I applaud his candor as he shares how God has brought him through this time in his life.

    1. Wow, ordinarily I would hesitate to publish a comment like this, but Joseph has made his testimony public. I wouldn’t call that selfish at all—getting clean is something that will benefit others as well as yourself.

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