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Music Legend Andraé Crouch Passes Away
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Musical giant Andraé Crouch passed away on January 8, 2015, after suffering complications following a heart attack five days earlier. He died surrounded by family at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in the Los Angeles area. Andraé was 72 years old.

Crouch was a welcome member of the Gaither Homecoming family and appeared in a number of Homecoming videos, including Kennedy Center Homecoming and A Billy Graham Music Homecoming. Jason Crabb posted, “To say the legendary Andraé Crouch was an influence on my life would be a vast understatement. One of the highlights of my career was to perform his classic song, "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power," as he played the piano during a Bill Gaither videotaping. I'll never forget it. We've lost a true pioneer who will be greatly missed.”

Andraé performs with CeCe Winans on a Gaither Homecoming video:


Often referred to as “the father of modern gospel music,” Crouch was a gifted singer, songwriter, arranger, recording artist, record producer and pastor. Despite a lifelong struggle with dyslexia, his prodigious talent spanned multiple musical genres and reached across cultural, racial and even spiritual boundaries. He was born in San Francisco in 1942, and his giftings became obvious early in childhood. When his father began preaching in a small rural church that had no musicians, Andraé stepped up and began playing for them at age 11. He wrote his first gospel song at 14, and formed his first band (The Cogics) at age 18. He wrote dozens of songs, including the gospel standards “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,” “My Tribute (To God Be the Glory,)” “Soon and Very Soon” and “Through It All.”

Crouch was instrumental in the success of many gospel artists including Jessy Dixon and BeBe and CeCe Winans, and his talent and generous heart earned the respect of musicians in every genre. In addition to his extensive achievements in the gospel world, Crouch worked with icons such as Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, the Commodores, Elton John, Ringo Starr and Madonna. Elvis Presley performed his song "I've Got Confidence" for a 1972 gospel album, and Paul Simon recorded "Jesus Is the Answer" for a 1974 live album. Crouch also made musical contributions to several films, including The Color Purple, The Lion King and Free Willy, and he was the only living gospel performer to be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Throughout his five-decade-plus career, Crouch received nine Grammys, multiple GMA Dove Awards, ASCAP and Billboard awards, an Oscar nomination and many other honors, and he was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

A celebration of Andraé Crouch’s life will take place on Tuesday, January 20th and Wednesday, January 21st at West Angeles Church of God In Christ, located at 3045 Crenshaw Blvd in Los Angeles, California. Both services will be open to the public.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Viewing: 4-6 p.m.
Tribute Celebration: 7 p.m.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Viewing: 10-11 a.m.
Celebration of Life: 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please send tax-deductible donations to:
Andraé Crouch Memorial Fund
c/o New Christ Memorial Church
13333 Vaughn
Pacoima, CA 91340
www.newchristmemorial.org

Cards and letters may be sent to
New Christ Memorial Church
Attn.: Mauri Jones
13333 Vaughn
Pacoima, CA 91340