GAYLA EARLENE - Singer/Songwriter
"Keeping CHRIST In Our Country"

GENE CRAIN

About GENE CRAIN
Born and raised in Skiatook, Oklahoma, Gene Crain began playing the steel guitar and amazing his audiences at the ripe old age of 9 years old. His Dad got him hooked up with taking lessons from the great Leon McAuliffe and soon Gene was winning talent shows all across the country. Although his mother was ill and bedfast, she loved to hear her son play that steel guitar and was his biggest fan! Gene became a very respected master steel guitarist amongst his peers. Gene's Dad was the greatest encourager and influence in his music as well as his life.

At age 13, Gene began playing professionally. Along with the steel guitar, Gene picked up playing drums in his high school rock and roll band and was a big part of his high school music department. All the while he was playing drums and other instruments, the steel was his first love and to be his future.
At the age of 15, after being greatly influenced by his Pa Crain, Gene became a Christian and touched many lives while playing country music. His steel guitar work can be heard on over 100 studio recorded Gospel albums.

In the 1970's, Gene played on the road with the likes of Roy Clark and Freddy Fender to name a couple and performed alongside countless others such as: Minnie Pearl, Hank Thompson, Mel Tillis, Johnny Russell, Billy Walker, Carl Perkins, Willie Nelson, Carl Belew, Johnnie Lee Wills, Billy Parker and others.
While in the Gospel music industry, Gene has played with the likes of John Berry, Colin Raye, Jim Ed Brown, Joe Paul Nichols, Ferlin Husky and many more.

In 1990, Gene and his wife Gayla Earlene founded 3G Music and Crain Three G Music Publishing for which Gene is the President.
He has produced ten albums for his wife and two of his own with awesome success. He says excellence in content and quality production is the key.

Gene produced and recorded his first instrumental album entitled, "Steel Pickin For Jesus" with overwhelming response from both fans and radio people.
Two releases from that album have found a spot on the Christian Country Charts in the USA and in Europe, his version of Blood Bought Church went to #4 on the European Country Gospel Chart and was the theme song for the Nationally broadcasted CCMA/ICM Award Show, live from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, for three years.

Gene recently completed his second inspirational Steel album entitled STEEL "ONE WAY"and is receiving much airplay across the nation. He is currently working on a new "ALL COUNTRY" instrumental steel album which will prove to be a great listen!
Contact Gene Crain "Man O Steel" at genecrain@cableone.net or visit him at www.gaylaearlene.com or 918-640-4421

Gene's Awards

2011

CGC, Lifetime Artist Achievement Award

AgapeFest, nominated "Producer of the Year"
2009
Agape Fest "Setting a standard of excellence in Music" award
2008
Agape Fest Musician's "Jubal Award"
ICGMA Instrumentalist of the Year
2006
CGC Instrumentalist, Silver Award Winner
ICGMA Band of the year
CCMA Instrumentalist of the Year, nominee
2005
Instrumentalist of the Year, King Country Radio
CGC Instrumentalist of the Year
2004
CGC Instrumentalist of the Year
2003
ICGMA Instrumentalist of the Year
CGC Instrumentalist of the Year Achievement Award
CCMA/ICM Instrumentalist of the Year nominee
ESA "Zeus" Humanitarian Award
2002
CCMA/ICM Instrumentalist of the Year nominee
ICGMA Instrumentalist of the Year
TIMA Instrumentalist of the Year
2001
CCMA/ICM Instrumentalist of the year
ICGMA Instrumentalist of the year
2000
CCMA/ICM Instrumentalist of the Year
TIMA Instrumentalist of the Year nominee
CGMG Instrumentalist of the Year
ICGMA Instrumentalist of the Year
ICGMA Top 80 Radio Achievement Award
ICGMA Studio Musician of the year nominee
1999
CCMA Instrumentalist of the year nominee
Instrumentalist of the year, Christian Country with Lin Butler Video and Radio Show Awards
CGMG Instrumentalist of the year nominee
Instrumentalist and Producer of the year nominee
1998
CGMG Instrumentalist of the year
CGMA Silver Heart, Instrumentalist of the year
1997
CGMA Instrumentalist of the year nominee
CGMA Silver Heart, Instrumentalist of the year
1994
GPGSN Male Entertainer of the year nominee
GPGSN Band of the Year nominee

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