Apparently, the Eddie Crook Company is no more, having been sold according to this press release I received last night:
Cross & Crown Music launched this week just outside Nashville, Tennessee. Cross & Crown Records, 4 Square, Morning Star and Cedar Hill record labels are encompassed within the music company. The recording labels are currently home to Heirline, the Kirklands, New Ground, the Greesons, Diane Rudd, the Northmen and a plethora of other well known Southern Gospel artists. The company plans to release classic favorites from the Morning Star label and are pursuing additional musicians to add to their ever growing roster. Cross & Crown Music will also offer custom projects for groups who desire the experience and excitement of recording in Nashville, Tennessee.
Rev. Gary Gabbard, his brother Rev. Keith Gabbard and Garnie Yeager recently purchased Cross & Crown Music, which was formerly known as the Eddie Crook Company. Gary and Keith are 4th Generation preachers and pastors. Gary is the President of The Gabbard Evangelistic Association in Butler, KY, while Keith serves as Vice-President. Gary has traveled as a manager and baritone with his family, The Gabbards. His unique perspective as a traveling artist and evangelist not only give him an insight into the challenges facing those that sing and minister, but also those challenges that come from standing up for the greatest message on the earth, that of Jesus Christ. In ministry, he is known for his uncompromising stance for the Gospel of Christ and demand for the highest of integrity when representing our great King Jesus. As President of Cross & Crown Music, he has dedicated the company to that same standard of service to the artist and the Gospel message that they proclaim.
“I am filled with excitement and anticipation with what the Lord has in store for the artist associated with Cross & Crown Music. Our rich heritage has provided a stable foundation for building the influence of our artist within the industry and taking their ministries to the highest level. As we begin this journey, I believe that the Lord will bless our efforts for his kingdom and build lasting relationships for our artist, the fans and hopefully the world,” commented Gary.
Garnie continued, “The first song I remember singing in church was a chorus titled, ‘God Can Do Anything But Fail.’ I have firmly believed that chorus throughout my life as a follower of Him! I grew up in a Christian home with loving parents and siblings. I was the only one that really got into the music thing, but my family encouraged me rather than discouraged me. I started singing in church at an early age and music has been a staple in ALL of my life. I always had a dream to be a part of a Gospel group and God allowed that to happen. It is such a blessing to sing his praises and give him the glory in everything. Little did I know he would also allow me to be a part of the Gospel music industry in Nashville. We, at Cross & Crown Music, want to make this company a ‘real’ music company. God owns the company, we just are His vessels doing the best we can to make it real for our artists. We want to be the type of company our artists believes in and feels a part of the family. According to Webster, the word ‘real’ means not artificial but practical and genuine. We want Cross & Crown to be that type of company.”
Brian Lawing has been named Vice President of Artist Relations by Cross & Crown Music. Brian is no stranger to the Christian music industry. He has been involved in all aspects of the music business, from traveling and singing to working behind the scenes in management and booking dates. As Marketing Manager at Salem Publishing, Brian worked on great publications like Singing News, CCM Magazine and Homecoming Magazine. Brian calls Hendersonville, TN home with his beautiful wife Krystal and their three daughters. Brian and his family are very active members at Cornerstone Church in Madison, TN.
“I have worked with Brian Lawing for many years and I am thrilled to see him play such a integral part in Southern Gospel music. He has great ideas and implements them with such enthusiasm. I expect to see great things come from his new venture at Cross & Crown Music,” stated Beckie Simmons, BSA World.
Cross & Crown Music has also launched a brand new website at www.crossandcrownmusic.com. Please visit the site or call 615-851-1360 for more information on Cross & Crown Music or to inquire about Cross & Crown Records, 4 Square, Morning Star and Cedar Hill record labels.
Cross & Crown Music Contact:
615-851-1360 ext 105
Best wishes to all involved in the transition. This will be interesting to observe over the next few months to see what kind of changes take place.