Rest in Peace, Pastor Andraé Crouch
According to USA TODAY, Andraé Crouch, a gospel musician who bridged the worlds of the church and mainstream music for more than 50 years, died Thursday afternoon (1/8/15). The 72-year-old singer, songwriter and choir director had been hospitalized since Jan. 3 at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in the Los Angeles area after suffering a heart attack.
Often acknowledged as “the father of modern gospel music,” led the choirs that sang on such hits as Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror and Madonna’s Like a Prayer. As a songwriter, he wrote several gospel favorites, most notably The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power, My Tribute (To God Be the Glory) and Soon and Very Soon, a song sung at Jackson’s public memorial service.
The Grammy Award-winner, as a San Francisco native who grew up in the Church of God in Christ, has been making gospel music since he was 14 years old and has been in the music industry for more than four decades. He’s had the opportunity to collaborate with many artists on projects including but not limited to Paul Simon, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Barbara Madrell, Elton John, Madonna, Vanessa Williams, and many others. He also served as a co-pastor at New Christ Memorial Church in San Fernando, California alongside his sister Sandra Crouch.
Just days before his passing, his sister Sandra spoke saying:
“We are also so grateful for the many thousands of people around the world who are praying for Andrae’ right now,” Sandra said. “We ask for your continued prayer that Andrae’ will respond positively to the medical attention being given to him at this time, and that he will fully recover from this current health complication.”
Crouch survived multiple bouts with cancer and also suffered from diabetes. In early December, Crouch was hospitalized with pneumonia and congestive heart failure, forcing the cancellation of his Let the Church Say Amen Celebration Tour, which had been scheduled to begin Dec. 6 in Philadelphia. He was re-admitted to the hospital Saturday with what his sister characterized in a statement as “serious health complications.”
The music industry has lost one of the greatest gifts, Pastor Andrae Crouch. We are certainly praying for Sandra Crouch and the entire family as well as family, friends and those who were close and inspired by this true Man of God. Check out the video below of Pastor Andrae Crouch singing in one of his most recent projects entitled, “The Promise.”
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