This week I want to begin a new feature titled Buzz Worthy. Artists and songs that are creating buzz within the Southern Gospel music industry will be featured. My initial buzz worthy post introduces the group Crawford Crossing.
Fresh off a Dove Award nomination for Country album of the year for their recording Turn Up The Music, Crawford Crossing offers original music along with Country song covers sung as Gospel songs.
This country-style vocal group is composed of Tabitha Dockery, her brother Israel Crawford and sister-in-law Whitney Crawford. While country-style artists are not always embraced among the Southern Gospel fan base there have been some success stories including the Hinsons, Jeff & Sheri Easter and the Mid South Boys to name a few.
The debut recording, Turn Up The Music, from Crawford Crossing, released in November 2009. The first single from the album was a cover of Lady Antebellum’s mega country song, “I Run To You”. The other country cover is the group’s current single, “The Heaven I’m Headed To”. Co-written and originally recorded by country artist Dierks Bentley, “The Heaven I’m Headed To” could be a big song for Crawford Crossing. Other covers include CCM tunes “Homesick” and “How You Live (Turn Up The Music)” all sung with that modern country sound.
Will this group find a place in Southern Gospel music? Only time will tell.