Per Sandra Crouch, our dear father in the contemporary gospel music, Pastor Andrae’ Crouch, is facing some serious health challenges and was just released from the hospital last week. His music has encouraged us, helped many make a decision to give their lives to the Lord, opened doors that allowed countless artists to have careers in the gospel music industry and brought a spirit of praise and worship into millions of churches across the world regardless of denomination or race. He was there for us and now we need to be there for him with our prayers. Although we will never be able to tell him all he has meant to the body of Christ we can try by sending words of encouragement/testimonials that will speak life to his spirit. To send your message within the next 48 hours please email firstname.lastname@example.org and be a part of pouring into someone who has poured so much into us through his music.
About Andrae Crouch
Crouch was a key figure in the Jesus Music movement of the 1960s and 1970s. As a result, helped bring aboutcontemporary Christian music, and began to bridge the gap between black and white Christian music. Though sometimes criticized for diluting the Gospel message by using contemporary styles, his songs have become staples in churches all around the world and recorded by mainstream artists such as Elvis Presley and Paul Simon.
Crouch is also credited with revolutionizing the sound of urban Gospel music. Crouch was instrumental in bringing Walter and Tramaine Hawkins, Jessy Dixon and The Winans to Light Records, all enjoying successful gospel music careers. His influence has extended to countless artists like BeBe and CeCe Winans, The Clark Sisters, Wintley Phipps, Anointed and Israel Houghton.
In 1996, Crouch’s songs were the impetus for the Grammy Award– winning CD, Tribute: The Songs of Andraé Crouch(released on Warner Bros. Records), which featured a range of artists performing some of his classic songs including the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Take 6 and Michael W. Smith.
Crouch and his sister, Sandra considered Michael Jackson as a dear friend for many years, whom they loved and greatly respected. 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 Andraé Crouch Singers were also featured on the songs, “Keep the Faith” and “Will You Be There” from Jackson’s 1991 Dangerous album. Andraé and Sandra also did the choir arrangement for those songs. On Jackson’s HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book Iproject in 1995, the Andraé Crouch Choir chants climactically in a dramatic interaction with Jackson on “Earth Song.” Crouch’s composition, “Soon and Very Soon” was performed at the public memorial service for Jackson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.