Crowds gathered on July 26 as the Friendship Tabernacle Church hosted renowned Gospel singer Jason Crabb for a complimentary performance. While Crabb performed free of charge, he wanted the money from the collection to go to a local charity.
Performances by the Friendship Tabernacle Church Praise Team began the evening. Following the opening prayer and the welcome, Tana Newbold, Destiny Newton, Myron Sawyer, and Anitra Pinder each interpreted solo songs accompanied by a live orchestra of trumpet, drums, keyboards and guitars.
Pastor Knowles took the stage, explaining how Crabb’s show had been orchestrated through a series of coincidences.
It was amidst a standing ovation that Crabb reached the stage. Displaying his charismatic personality, the singer saluted the audience and immediately performed his first song accompanied by his pianist.
From then on it was one song after another, interspersed with jokes and remarks that won over the audience. Crabb brought his two daughters on stage with him, the youngest doing a rendition of “Amazing Grace.”
As an end to the first part of the concert, Crabb grabbed a guitar from the band and did an entrancing cover of a gospel song in a self-described “Blues/Jazzy” style of his.
During the offering, Abaco resident Chad Taylor did a soulful interpretation of “Peaceful Harbour.” He was joined by his brother and at the demand of the audience, the duo gave an encore.
Upon his return to the stage, Crabb talked briefly about his life and career, affirming that he was not only a singer but also a preacher who wanted to spread the Gospel. Crabb invited members of the crowd to come forward to accept Christ and receive blessings. About 50 people joined Crabb at the front, while Pastor Silbert Mills asked them and the congregation to join in prayer.
The second half of Crabb’s performance was as acclaimed as the first. He ended the evening by distributing some of his CDs and invited people to meet and take photos.
The performance was a very spiritual and joyous experience as people of different ethnic backgrounds were joined together by music and faith. Pastor Mills commented that it was the first concert held at the church, at the end of which people did not want to go home.