On May 11, 2014 the world lost a very special person. Dennis Crawford, one of the founding members of Arise, left this life suddenly, leaving a huge hole in the lives and hearts of his family and friends.
Dennis was a key part of Arise when we formed in 1988. His voice, his energy, his style all helped create that unmistakable “Arise sound.” Along with singing tenor and lead, he also lent his great talent to writing and co-writing several songs for us. Some of these songs you might have on an old cassette or in your CD library. Some of them have yet to be released.
It’s safe to say Arise would not have been Arise without Dennis Crawford. His personality made concerts fun for performers and audiences alike. His voice rang out with heartfelt enthusiasm for his Lord. His sense of humor, love, and friendship that we experienced in rehearsals, on the road, in the studio, and in private talks will last for many lifetimes.
While we mourn with his wife, Anna, and pray for comfort for his family, we also rejoice in his heavenly reward. Dennis loved Jesus and Jesus loved Dennis. Please join Arise members past and present in praying for peace and strength and in celebrating the fact that Dennis can now see his “Rock and Redeemer” face to face.