Andraé Edward Crouch (July 1, 1942 – January 8, 2015) was an American gospel singer, songwriter, arranger, record producer and pastor. He was inducted into the Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame, located in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, in 1978. Your email address will not be published. [3] Crouch was noted for his talent of incorporating contemporary secular music styles into the gospel music he grew up with. I'm Hungry! More musicians were being added and the group's membership by the early 1970s included Fletch Wiley on trumpet, Harlan Rogers on keyboards, Hadley Hockensmith on bass, and Bill Maxwell on drums. Uncloudy Days: The Gospel Music Encyclopedia, HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I, Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix, "Andraé Crouch, 'father of modern gospel music', dies", "Gospel music pioneer Andraé Crouch dies at 72", "Gospel Music Legend Andrae Crouch Dies at 72", "Andrae Crouch, Grammy-winning gospel singer and pioneer, dies at 72", "Andrae Crouch, Legendary Gospel Figure, Dies at 72", "Gospel legend Andrae Crouch dies at age 72", "Contemporary gospel music pioneer Andrae Crouch dead at 72", "Gospel artists say they did not lead Michael Jackson to Christ", "At Jackson Memorial, Music and Mourning", "Police Arrest Gospel Singer on Drug Possession Charge", "Andrae Crouch hospitalized; tribute tour postponed to 2015, including show in Birmingham", "Andraé Crouch, 72, Who Infused Gospel With Soul, Dies", "Legendary Gospel Artist Andrae Crouch Dies at 72", "R.I.P. National Primitive Baptist Convention of the U.S.A. United American Free Will Baptist Conference, Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Church of Universal Triumph, Dominion of God, Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God of the Americas, United Pentecostal Council of the Assemblies of God, Incorporated, Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America, Imani Temple African-American Catholic Congregation, Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge, Original Church of God or Sanctified Church, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Andraé_Crouch&oldid=983937053, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles with unsourced statements from January 2015, Articles with unsourced statements from October 2020, Wikipedia articles with BIBSYS identifiers, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Singer, songwriter, arranger, record producer, choir director, pastor, 1978: Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album –, 1979: Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album –, 1980: Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational – "The Lord's Prayer" (collaborative), 1981: Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album –, 1984: Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male – "Always Remember", 1994: Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album –, 1997 – "Take me back"; Tribute – The Songs of Andrae Crouch (songwriter) (Warner Alliance), 2005: NARAS' Inaugural Salute to Gospel Music Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, 2007: Christian Music Hall of Fame and Museum inductee, 2012: How Sweet the Sound Living Legend Award, This page was last edited on 17 October 2020, at 04:31.

The Andraé Crouch Singers were also featured on the songs “Keep the Faith” and “Will You Be There” from Jackson’s 1991 Dangerous album. [11] The group became a frequent attraction at "Monday Night Sing" concerts in southern California put on by Audrey Mieir, a Christian minister and music composer who frequently sponsored new Christian music groups.

On the same day, his sister, Sandra, released the following statement: "Today my twin brother, womb-mate and best friend went home to be with the Lord.

Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, Dean Parks, David Paich, Phillip Bailey, Stevie Wonder, El DeBarge, and other secular artists were included in Crouch's recording sessions. [12] Following the group's first album release, Crouch's twin sister, Sandra, joined The Disciples in 1970 after Fernandez' departure. "[27], Following Crouch's death, Christian recording artist Michael W. Smith told Billboard Magazine, "...I'll never forget hearing Andraé for the first time. I tried to keep him here but God loved him best. [7] In addition to running the family's businesses, Crouch's parents also had a Christian street-preaching ministry and a hospital and prison ministry. Early Life. When he was 14 years old, he wrote his first Gospel song. Paul Crouch died at age 79 on November 30, 2013. Awards and honors received by him include seven Grammy Awards, induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1998, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2006 Crouch released Mighty Wind, a 40th anniversary album featuring guest performances by Lauren Evans, Crystal Lewis, Karen Clark Sheard, Táta Vega, and Marvin Winans. [4], Crouch's original music arrangements were heard in the films The Color Purple, for which he received an Oscar nomination, and Disney's The Lion King, as well as the NBC television series Amen. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006), January 8, 2015, Northridge, Los Angeles, California, United States, January 8, 2015, Northridge, Los Angeles, California, United States, Catherine Dorothea Crouch, Benjamin Crouch, Let the Church Say Amen, Through It All, Soon and Very Soon, Catherine Dorothea Crouch, Benjamin Crouch, Let the Church Say Amen, Soon and Very Soon, The Blood Will Never Lose It's Power, Sandra Crouch, Sandra Crouch, Benjamin Crouch Jr., Let the Church Say Amen, Soon and Very Soon, The Blood Will Never Lose It's Power. On Jackson's HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I project in 1995, the Andraé Crouch Choir is heard on "Earth Song." [8] When Crouch was 11, his father was invited to speak for several weeks at a small church as a guest preacher. In 1996, Crouch and his music were honored on the Grammy Award-winning CD, Tribute: The Songs of Andraé Crouch, released by Warner Bros. Records. Be the first to add a relationship.Get help at Wikipedia..

Crouch's composition, "Soon and Very Soon" was performed by the Andraé Crouch Choir at the public memorial service for Jackson held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on July 7, 2009. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. On the day of her brother’s death, Crouch released the following statement: “Today my twin brother, womb-mate and best friend went home to be with the Lord. [6][21], Crouch survived a number of personal attacks from four different forms of cancer, which claimed the life of his mother, father and brother in 1993 and 1994.

[citation needed] Crouch's most popular songs from this period include "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power", "Through It All", "Bless His Holy Name", "Soon and Very Soon", "Jesus is the Answer", and "My Tribute". [17] In 1987, the Andraé Crouch Choir sang background vocals along with Siedah Garrett and The Winans on Jackson's hit single "Man in the Mirror" from the Bad album. They are also heard on "Morphine" from HIStory's remix album Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix, and one last time on "Speechless" from the Invincible album. When Sherman Andrus left the Disciples to join the Imperials he was replaced by singer Danniebelle Hall. [26], On January 8, 2015, Crouch died at Northridge Hospital Medical Center.

Address: New Christ Memorial Church 13333 Vaughn Street San Fernando CA 91340. As well, he is also credited with helping to bridge the gap between black and white Christian music and revolutionizing the sound of urban Gospel music. In 1987, the Andraé Crouch Choir sang background vocals along with Siedah Garrett, Glen Ballard, and The Winans on Jackson’s hit single “Man in the Mirror” from the Bad album. The depth of his influence on Christian music is incalculable. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. National Missionary Baptist Convention of America. [citation needed]. [16], Crouch and his sister Sandra had a friendship and music relationship with Michael Jackson.

Sheriff's deputies discovered a substance in the vehicle which Crouch said was instant chicken soup powder. As a result, his December 2014 tour was postponed. [10] The group appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1972[10] and to sold-out crowds at Carnegie Hall in 1975 and 1979. Smith. Andraé Edward Crouch was born along with his twin sister, Sandra, on July 1, 1942 in San Francisco, California to parents Benjamin and Catherine (née Hodnett) Crouch.

In secular music, he was known for his collaborative work during the 1980s and 1990s with Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Quincy Jones as well as conducting choirs that sang on the Michael Jackson hit “Man in the Mirror” and Madonna’s “Like a Prayer”.

In 2004, he became only the third gospel artist in history (until that time) to be awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for music recording, at 6520 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. I tried to keep him here but God loved him best.”, Following Crouch’s death, Christian recording artist Michael W. Smith told Billboard Magazine, “…I’ll never forget hearing Andraé for the first time. [13] By 1985 they had also performed at the Hollywood Bowl and toured 68 countries. After The Disciples disbanded in 1979, Crouch continued on with a solo career. The Andraé Crouch Singers were also featured on the songs “Keep the Faith” and “Will You Be There” from Jackson’s 1991 Dangerous album. Though sometimes criticized for diluting the Christian message by using contemporary music styles, his songs have become staples in churches and hymnals around the world and have been recorded by mainstream artists such as Elvis Presley and Paul Simon. After this, Crouch honed his piano-playing skills and, in time, wanted to write his own music. Two more albums would follow, Keep On Singin' and Soulfully, before a major change in the group's lineup in 1972.

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[6], His affiliation with Light Records was instrumental in bringing Walter and Tramaine Hawkins, Jessy Dixon and The Winans to the label, from where they all enjoyed successful gospel music careers. Crouch’s father and the church’s congregation encouraged the young boy to play during the services. At the piano, Crouch found the key in which the congregation was singing and started to play. It was like someone had opened a whole new world of possibilities for me musically. Though sometimes criticized for diluting the Christian message by using contemporary music styles, his songs have become staples in churches and hymnals around the world and have been recorded by mainstream artists such as Elvis Presley and Paul Simon. The Andraé Crouch Singers were also featured on the songs "Keep the Faith" and "Will You Be There" from Jackson's 1991 Dangerous album. The Spencers helped launch Crouch's recording career by introducing them to Light Records founder and prolific Christian songwriter Ralph Carmichael. He was the Soul Gospel Artist of the Year for Billboard Magazine in 1975 and 1977. Crouch also had a long relationship with the Oslo Gospel Choir, which he occasionally produced, arranged [29] for and performed with.

The album featured a wide range of artists performing Crouch's classic songs and featured the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Take 6, Twila Paris, and Michael W.

Crouch won numerous awards throughout his career that included seven Grammy Awards and four GMA Dove Awards.

He was 72. He was also the recipient of ASCAP, Billboard, and NAACP Awards. His affiliation with Light Records was instrumental in bringing Walter and Tramaine Hawkins, Jessy Dixon and The Winans to the label, from where they all enjoyed successful gospel music careers.