Aaron & Amanda Crabb appreciate the power of music. They’ve seen it usher thousands into the presence of God as worship leaders and they’ve seen it calm their tiny daughter in the emergency room following a horrific accident. A song can have tremendous impact on a single heart or culture at large. With their new album, Mercy, the couple unleashes a powerful collection of songs that both entertain and inspire.
Mercy includes some powerful worship anthems, and yet the project goes even further in ministering to their audience. The husband and wife duo wrote or co-wrote seven songs and the album covers a broad range of territory both musically and lyrically.
Aaron says, "We love all styles, so you'll hear a lot of different influences. I’m a country boy, and those roots probably come through more than anything else. These songs came at the right season in our life. God molded this album and shaped it to what it needs to be and I believe it’s going to help a lot of people."
Co-produced by Aaron and Ben Issacs (Oak Ridge Boys, The Isaacs), the album’s title comes from the song “If I’m Guilty.” Penned by award-winning songwriters Tony Wood, Don Poythress and Aaron’s father, Gerald Crabb, the song is a challenge to extend compassion. “The message is so true,” Amanda says and quotes the lyric, “’If I’m guilty, let me be guilty of too much mercy.’ That became the theme of the record. God has given us so much mercy in our own lives, in our marriage, in our three children (Elijah David, Age 8; Eva Lyn, Age 6; and Ean William, Age 2) . I want to turn around and give mercy to those in need and to those who don’t even know they need mercy.”
Another of the album’s many highlights “Take Him to the Place,” is a beautiful ballad penned by the couple that originated during a trip to the Holy Land. Amanda remembers writing a prayer and placing it on the Western Wall. “I said, ‘God I want to be creative again for your glory. I want to write songs. I want fresh ideas.’ I stuck the prayer in the wall, put my hand on the wall and just said a quiet prayer,” she explains. “I backed away because the Jews believe you never turn your back to the presence of God. As I’m walking backwards, I started hearing these lyrics for the next two hours I was walking in Jerusalem. “We really tried to search for songs that are true to who we are, what we believe and experiences we’ve been through,” Aaron continues. “Tribulation, patience and experience bring about Hope. We’ve been there. We can tell you, you’re going to make it. There’s Hope.”
Whether pastoring their church in Tennessee, leading worship, presenting concerts around the country, or simply living each day with their children, Mercy is the song Aaron & Amanda Crabb sing—not just for themselves—“but for the whole world to hear.”
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