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Gospel, Contemporary Christian Music and Comedy Come Together
On One Stage for the Most Unique Tour of 2015

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August 6, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 6, 2015) - Cinder Entertainment has announced that multiple GRAMMY Award winning artists Tye Tribbett and Jason Crabb, along with Dove Award winning comedian Akintunde, have joined forces to create what is shaping up as one of the most unique, must-experience concert tours of 2015. The Up Close and Personal Tour will not only allow audiences to experience the artists in an intimate concert setting, but it will also provide the artists the opportunity to express their desire to break down barriers that too often separate generations, cultures, denominations and races.

"Jason and I felt it was important for us to join forces to impact the Kingdom of God," says Tribbett. "This fusion of high energy and creativity provides a dynamic experience. Plus, I just love Jason Crabb's music and I know my audience will as well!"

"So many times we let what makes us unique and special separate us," says Crabb. "But, when all of God's people come together, it's like nothing else! Sharing the platform with Tye Tribbett and Akintude is a blast--I've never experienced anything quite like it! When the audience sees us come together, in harmony, in Christ, it unites them in Christ! This is a night you don't want to miss." The Up Close and Personal Tour, presented in conjunction with Feed the Children, will feature popular comedian Akintunde (BET's The Monique Show and Comicview, TBN's Praise The Lord, CBN's The 700 Club) as the tour's host.

The juxtapostion of three different genres--Gospel, CCM and comedy--will allow each of the featured artists the opportunity to minister in their own inimitable styles, offering fans the chance to enjoy the artist they love, while also being introduced to fresh and exciting new styles from artists they may not have experienced yet.

The Up Close and Personal Tour is more than a concert; it's an experience--one that will make a lasting impact on those who attend. Attendees with have the opportunity to walk the red carpet, meet the artists and take photos with them. But the Up Close and Personal experience is so much more than a traditional meet-n-greet. Attendees will be invited to participate in ministry impartations, and also gain valuable insight into the artists' hearts and souls through panel discussions with Crabb and Tribbett as they share their desire to present a united front of love, respect and harmony in the wake of the ungodly racial divisiveness that has gripped the nation during the past year.

"New Life had the opportunity to experience the 'Up Close and Personal' Tour last month," says John F. Hannah, pastor of New Life Covenant Church Southeast-Chicago. "Needless to say, we were extremely blessed, uplifted and inspired by the amazing ministry of Tye Tribbett and Jason Crabb."

The dates of the Up Close and Personal Tour are as follows:

  • September 17, 2015 - Griffin First Assembly in Griffin, GA
  • September 18, 2015 - Beulah Grove Baptist Church, Augusta, GA
  • September 20, 2015 - Full Gospel Tabernacle, Hinesville, GA
  • More dates to be announced soon!
  • The Up Close and Personal Tour features two exclusive ticket packages, including the Platinum Package and the Gold Package (see details below), in addition to a General Admission option.

    PLATINUM Up Close and Personal Package:
    One Reserved Concert Ticket in the first 3 rows, Exclusive Meet & Greet with Jason Crabb and Tye Tribbett, One Individual Photograph with Jason Crabb and Tye Tribbett, Entry into Pre-Concert Reception, Exclusive "Up Close and Personal Experience" Panel Discussion with Jason Crabb and Tye Tribbett, Tour gift bag (exclusive to VIP guests), Exclusive log-in for download and purchase of photos from the event, Official autographed "Up Close And Personal" laminate, Separate VIP red carpet check-in.

    GOLD Up Close and Personal Package:
    One Reserved Concert Ticket in rows 4-10, Entry into Pre-Concert Reception, Exclusive "Up Close and Personal Experience" Panel Discussion with Jason Crabb and Tye Tribbett, Tour Gift bag (exclusive to VIP guests), Exclusive log-in for download and purchase of photos from the event, Official autographed "Up Close And Personal" laminate, Separate VIP red carpet check-in. GENERAL ADMISSION: Concert-only tickets are also available.

    For more information, visit Like on Twitter (@upclosetour), Instagram (@upclosetour) and Facebook (

    About Tye Tribbett:
    Tye Tribbett and his group, G.A. (also known as Greater Anointing), burst on the national stage when their song "Let Go, Let God" was featured on the soundtrack of Steven Spielburg's hit animated feature film, The Prince of Egypt. Tribbett and G.A. soon found themselves sharing the stage with such superstars as Gloria Estefan, LeAnn Rhimes, Elton John, Luther Vandross, and Stevie Wonder. An invitation from mega-producer David Foster to perform onstage at the annual City of Hope event at Universal Studios in Hollywood led to national tours singing backup for Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Don Henley. G.A. 'retired' in 2009, allowing its members to pursue their personal goals and dreams.

    Today, the radical entertainer that is Tye Tribbett continues to shatter the mold of what is traditionally known as Gospel music. With one of the most relevant voices of this generation and a sound that reaches the masses, Tribbett creates a dynamic new caliber of music. His high energy, powerful, and infectious music has helped redefine gospel music, and garnered him a bevy of prestigious awards and nominations, including multiple Number 1 Albums, Stellar Awards and GRAMMY Awards. Tribbett's current project, Greater Than, from Motown Gospel, debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Gospel Chart, #4 on iTunes, #9 on Billboard's Top 200, earning a Stellar Award and two GRAMMY Awards. For more information about Tribbett and Greater Than, visit

    About Jason Crabb:
    In his career, Kentucky-born Jason Crabb has won a GRAMMY and 21 Dove Awards, both as a solo artist as well as with the Crabb Family. In 2012, the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards crowned Crabb as both Artist and Male Vocalist of the Year.

    Since his first solo release in 2009, Crabb has performed at many of the world's most prestigious stages, such as Carnegie Hall, The Grand Ole Opry, The Brooklyn Tabernacle and Billy Graham's final crusade in NYC. He has also shared the stage with artists such as Wynonna, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Sandi Patty, the Oak Ridge Boys and more. He has appeared on Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice (NBC) and alongside Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson.

    Crabb has been covered by such outlets as Associated Press, The Huffington Post, Billboard, USA Today online, Fox News, Entertainment Tonight, and Country Weekly, among others, and was named one of Nashville's Most Beautiful People by Nashville Lifestyles Magazine. Crabb is also a host at TBN (Trinity Broadcast Network). His upcoming project, Whatever the Road, will be available September 18, 2015 from Provident Label Group. For more information about Crabb and Whatever the Road, visit

    About Akintunde:
    Akintunde is the 2014 Dove Award Comedian of the Year and a 20 year comedy veteran. He is also a sought-after screen and television writer with over 350 original television episodes of writing credits. Ak has written for It's Showtime at the Apollo, The BET Awards, and The NAACP Image Awards and worked as a head writer and producer for BET Networks' The Monique Show. In addition to multiple appearances on The Word Network, TBN, The Gospel Music Channel, and The Stellar Awards, Akintunde has been on 10 national tours in the past five years. He toured with Pastors Creflo and Taffi Dollar on The Change Experience Tour for four years and hosted a tour with TeenMania's Acquire The Fire. For the last three years, Akintunde has been featured at T.D. Jakes' Megafest and Woman Thou Art Loosed Conferences. For more information about Akintunde, visit



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