Pedro Castle will be hosting its first gospel concert this weekend when 2010 Grammy Award winner and popular Christian artist Jason Crabb takes to the stage on Sunday, July 31.

Organizers say the concert is being held as an awareness event about the importance of early childhood learning. All proceeds will be going to Launch Pad Enrichment Centre in Savannah, a preschool serving kids aged 3 months to 4+ years.

Originally from Kentucky, Mr. Crabb is a well-known gospel singer who began his career singing with his siblings as part of the Crabb Family. Moving between genres including gospel, country, pop and southern gospel, he won a Grammy for his first solo album in 2009, and has won 21 Dove Awards as well. He just released his fifth solo album and Reunion Records debut, “Whatever The Road,” considered to be his most personal album yet.

In addition to singing, Mr. Crabb also writes children’s books.

“From my experience attending events at Pedro in the past, I really like the venue, particularly the beautiful outdoor setting, and thought it would be perfect for an event like this,” said concert organizer Dwayne Euter.

He said Mr. Crabb was pleased to have been contacted to headline the event, and had joked that performing at the venue overlooking the sea was “The perfect place for a Crabb.”

“This is the first time we have a Christian singer of this caliber come to the Cayman Islands, so we are very honored and excited to be part of bringing him here. We have received lots of positive feedback on the concert so far, and are expecting a great turn out,” said Mr. Euter, who is manager at Cayman radio station Praise 87.9 FM and has worked as a gospel music producer.

“Jason is looking forward to being here because he sees us, Cayman, as part of his family. He sees that he has family in many parts of the world and wants to share the love with all of us through his music.”

Mr. Euter said he hopes that having the concert at Pedro will entice residents and visitors alike who may not be familiar with the location to check out the historic site, and perhaps gain a newfound appreciation for its potential as a music venue.

“When Dwayne came to us with the Jason Crabb concert, we knew Pedro Castle would be the perfect location,” said Pedro Castle operations manager Debbie Bodden.

“The warm and welcoming ambience of the grounds, along with the scenic ocean views are perfect for the genre of music Mr. Crabb is famous for,” she said.

“We are also looking forward to having a concert of this size at Pedro, and are excited to participate in more concerts of this nature in the future.”

Tourism Attraction Board Acting CEO Patrick Thompson was hoping that a diverse crowd would turn out for the unique event.

“We [are] very much looking forward to welcoming the entire community – Christian and non-Christian – to our beautiful grounds,” he said.

The concert starts at 6:30 p.m., gates will open at 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Seventh-day Adventist Conference Office or the Christian Enlightenment Centre (945-1252), both located in George Town.

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