Crowder comes barreling into the country music scene from a well-established place on the Christian music charts. The rock-gospel artist has been nominated for three Grammy Awards and recently debuted his new album, I Know a Ghost, on Billboard's Christian Albums chart in the Top 5.

Crowder celebrated his newest album's release with two performances at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium in late November. In addition to looking like he walked right out of an episode of Duck Dynasty, and the fact that he has performed on the CMA Fest Breakout Stage the last two years running, Crowder's country inclinations are both geographically and historically based.

Crowder is way more than your average gospel singer, and we've got the details to prove it. If hearing his driving folk-rock track such as "Wildfire" and the soothing, Southern-style edit of his chart-climbing "Red Letters" isn't enough to convince you, keep reading.

Here are five things you need to know about why Crowder's is a name you'll want to remember.

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