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Base: Nashville TN
Comprised of: John and Michaela Lemonis, husband-wife duo.
Record Label: Indy
Style: Delta Blues-influenced folk music
Songs: Favorite hymns with fresh arrangements. The stories behind the songs and writers. All acoustic, organic instrumentation (including acoustic guitars, resonator, mandolin)
Original Songs: Composed by Crosby Lane, such as "Crucified", "Dead in the Water", "You Love Me", and others, which have been featured on television and radio networks
John: Multi-Dove Award nominated songwriter, SGMA nominated songwriter, NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) and GMA (Gospel sic Association) clinician and song critic, two decades of full-time church staff work. holds a Master's Degree in Theology, studied Music at Delta State University (Cleveland MS, home of the Fighting Okra). originally from Greenville MS.
Michaela: Multi-instrumentalist, worked as a model (Paul Mitchell, others). Was All-state basketball player. Originally from Anchorage, AK. Both parents were in the Air Force. Her great-uncle is Fluke Holland, drummer for Johnny Cash. Church staff experience as Children's Worship Director. Battled cancer in 2017, but is "cancer-free" now!
Recent television: Daystar Network's Gospel Music Showcase with Guy Penrod, WGGS-TV, Atlanta's Channel 57, Great American Country (GAC), CMT, mtv.com, and others
Most recent radio singles: "Crucified", "The Old Rugged Cross", "At the Cross", upcoming - "Dead in the Water" (also released as a video)
Quotes: "God made us emotional beings and nothing touches the emotion like music. It makes sense having music be part of our worship and telling our stories.", John Lemonis.
"What we do is similar to a Nashville songwriters' night where the writers are featured and the stories behind the songs are shared. The difference here is the eternal, spiritual value of these particular pieces of our faith and heritage!", Michaela Lemonis
Crosby Lane is named for Fanny Crosby, one of the most prolific hymn writers of all time. Though blind, Ms. Crosby wrote some of the most beautifully descriptive lyrics ever. Hymnals are filled with her masterpieces, including "Draw Me Nearer", "Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross", "Blessed Assurance", "Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior", "Rescue The Perishing", and "All the Way My Savior Leads Me" are among her nearly 8500 hymns.
Crosby Lane was created and exists for the purpose of highlighting the great songs of our faith, their writers and circumstances, and new songs which all bring honor and glory to our God, and present the opportunity for the listener to be inspired and moved by the Holy Spirit! These stories once again enforce God's ability to use ordinary people for extraordinary purposes!