Rabbit Easter Embarks On Solo Career
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STEVE "RABBIT" EASTER EMBARKS ON SOLO CAREER
Steve "Rabbit" Easter, musician extraordinaire, and the recipient of the 1997, 1998 and 1999 Singing News Fan Award "Musician of the Year," recently announced his plans as a solo artist, effective immediately. "Rabbit," who has remained at the forefront of Southern Gospel Music, performing with The Crabb Family since late 1998, plays steel guitar, banjo, dobro, guitar and bass. The decision to leave the group was made after considerable thought and prayer to enable Steve to spend more time with his family. His program will consist of singing and instrumentation. "Rabbit" is available for bookings for churches, concerts, bluegrass festivals and other venues. His last performance with The Crabb Family will be on March 12th.
While only 42, Easter has been a favorite performer serving in several groups. After sharing the stage with his family group, The Easter Brothers, for eleven years, he joined The LeFevres in 1976. During his four-year tenure with The Happy Goodman Family, he served as the first and only banjo player for the group. They also gave him the name "Rabbit." After a few years as a studio engineer and musician, he joined The Nelons in 1988. In 1989, Steve, Jeff and Sheri Easter announced their plans to travel as a group, which gave Steve new visibility among fans as a vocalist as well as a musician. He left Jeff and Sheri in February 1998 and formed his own group “The Rabbit Easter Band”. The group was disbanded in late 1998 but not before they received a 1999 Dove Award nomination for Country Recorded Song of the Year for “He Chose To Wear A Crown” from their only project “The Rabbit Easter Band”. With Rabbit in the band, the Crabb Family Band won “Favorite Band” in the 1999 Singing News Fan Awards.
Just prior to winning the Singing News Fan Award in 1997, "Rabbit" emerged to center stage to record a solo project for Daywind Records, entitled "Friends." This project portrays Easter's instrumental genius, and he is joined by some of Gospel Music's greatest vocalists, including Ivan Parker, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Rabbit’s dad James Easter, Charlotte Penhollow Ritchie, Bo and Rhonda Hinson, Jason Crabb, Tim Surrett and the Isaacs and others. This project was Album of the Year (Southern & Bluegrass Gospel) for the Association for Independent Music.
Easter has received several awards In addition to the Singing News Fan Award for 1997, 1998 and 1999. These include: The Gospel Voice "Diamond Awards" for the years 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1997, Instrumentalist of the Year for 1999 (Kentucky Gospel Music Association), Instrumentalist of the Year in 1994 (for the State of Georgia), an award by the International Country Gospel Music Association (ICGMS), Instrumentalist of the Year 1997 (Heart Aflame Awards, voted by the Southern Gospel Music Guild). In addition, the "Pickin' The Best Live" album by Jeff and Sheri Easter was nominated for a Grammy in 1992. Steve was also nominated for the Anthony Burger Award at the Singing News Fans Awards for the years 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996.
Steve is married to Sharon, his wife of 20 years, and they have one child, Molly, age eleven.
FOR BOOKING ARRANGEMENTS
BSA (Beckie Simmons Agency)
5543 Edmondson Pike #10
Nashville, TN 37211-5808
615-595-7500 Fax: 615-595-7501
Beckie Simmons firstname.lastname@example.org
You may visit his official web site, located at http://www.steverabbiteaster.com for more information.