As a renowned gospel, country and rhythm-and-blues style performer, Jason Crabb has found appreciative audiences across the globe. His acclaimed voice has resulted in numerous Dove Awards, in addition to a Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass Gospel Album Grammy in 2010 for his self-titled solo debut which featured the crossover hit "Somebody Like Me."
Crabb first appeared in Rector in the summer of 2010, alongside gospel great Mark Lowry, America's top bluegrass band Dailey & Vincent, and other top performers with the Gaither Homecoming series.
"The Helping Hands concert (on Aug. 5, 2010) was one of the best things I've been involved with," Crabb said. "Anybody that's played the biggest stages in the world would love to come to Rector. The atmosphere, the crowd -- there's just no comparison."
Crabb is part of an amazing lineup for the Thursday, May 3, 2012, concert which also will feature Dailey & Vincent, returning to Rector for the third time, and legendary performer Jimmy Fortune, known for his work with the beloved Statler Brothers.
Crabb is excited to be returning to the small community in order to help raise funds for Rector children.
"Helping Hands is a wonderful organization," Crabb said. "From the moment I learned about it, I knew it was something I wanted to be involved with. They make a difference in the lives of those kids. If I can even be a small part of that, then I consider myself blessed."
In addition to assisting with everyday needs ranging from dental work, eyeglasses and clothing to school trip costs, Helping Hands events have helped fund numerous scholarships for Rector students.
"Humble beginnings are a great way to build character," Crabb said. "It's not a result of where your future lies. Through these scholarships, the students are able to work to build the future they want to have. I love encouraging young people. You really just can't dream big enough. I expect to hear great things about the young men and women who have received these scholarships in the years to come."
Since his last visit to Rector, Crabb has maintained his hectic schedule. In addition to releasing a Christmas album in 2011, Crabb also rejoined his brothers and sisters to create The Crabb Family "Together Again," a special release through the Gaither Music Group. "Together Again" reunites the popular family group not only on the album, which is expected to release Feb. 7, but also for a select concert tour.
Crabb also has recently finished work on a live album, with producers Bill Gaither and Rector's own Bill Carter contributing to the work. Always busy, Crabb also is making preparations to begin work on a new, as yet unnamed, album. Crabb also operates a ministry.
"If you love what you do, then it's hard to be overworked," Crabb said with a laugh.
"This will be a very good lineup," Crabb said of the Rector show, to be held in the school's beautiful new gymnasium. "Dailey & Vincent are fantastic. Jimmy Fortune is one of those names you have on a list of people you always wanted to work with, so this is a treat for me.
"The last time I came to Rector, I was just blown away by the wonderful people who came out to support the Helping Hands Foundation. There was so much energy there that night, it was just incredible. I knew that night I would be coming back to Rector. I'm looking forward to this concert very much."
Reserved VIP floor tickets at $100 each include padded seats and a meet-and-greet with the artists. General admission tickets include stadium seating at $25 and bleacher seating at $10 each. Those who purchase 10 tickets get two free (all 10 must be purchased in the same section and the two free tickets will be given in the purchased section).
"We'd like to stress that there's not a bad seat in the house," said Foundation president Gregg Sain.
Tickets are available for purchase by calling (870) 595-3501 or (870) 595-3563 or by visiting www.RHSHelpingHands.org. Tickets also are available at all Glen Sain Motors locations or at Liberty Bank in Rector.
The event will begin with the meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Helping Hands ambassadors and scholarship recipients will be introduced at 6 p.m., and the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m.