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In 2004, a blood vessel in Jason Crigler’s brain burst open, leaving the 34-year-old guitarist immobile and unresponsive. Doctors told his family, “The Jason you know and love is gone.” But Jason’s family refused to believe this dire prognosis, and Jason was determined to win back his life. Listen to Jason and his sister Marjorie tell their stories of triumph, family, music and heart-soaring faith. This is one miracle you’ve got to see—and hear—to believe.

Jason Crigler and his family are the subjects of the award-winning documentary Life. Support. Music. by Eric Daniel Metzgar, which aired on PBS in 2009.


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Jason Crigler

Jason Crigler

Crigler grew up in New York City, where his mother was a teacher and cello player and his father was musical director at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut. He spent summers at the opera house, seeing revivals of old musicals like “Funny Face” and “Little Johnny Jones,” and being mesmerized.

He spent the school year in Manhattan and began exploring music on his own. His first major guitar influence was Eric Clapton. He remembers being captivated by a 1986 Clapton album called “August.” He delved into Clapton, which led him to blues, and he eventually explored jazz as well.

He played music a lot as a student at Connecticut College, but didn’t major in music. After college he played in New York City clubs for years, trying to find his sound. By his early 30s he found it, and he was in demand. He performed on his own around the city, but also played and toured with well-known musicians, including Teddy Thompson, Linda Thompson, John Cale of the Velvet Underground and Marshall Crenshaw.

Marjorie Crigler

Marjorie Crigler

In 2004, a blood vessel in Jason Crigler’s brain burst open, leaving the 34-year-old guitarist immobile and unresponsive. Doctors told his family, “The Jason you know and love is gone.” But Jason’s family refused to believe this dire prognosis, and Jason was determined to win back his life. Listen to Jason and his sister Marjorie tell their stories of triumph, family, music and heart-soaring faith. This is one miracle you’ve got to see—and hear—to believe.

Jason Crigler and his family are the subjects of the award-winning documentary Life. Support. Music. by Eric Daniel Metzgar, which aired on PBS in 2009.