“Andraé Crouch, a gospel musician who bridged the worlds of church and mainstream music for more than 50 years, died Thursday afternoon,” reports USA Today.
The story continues, “The 72-year-old singer, songwriter and choir director had been hospitalized since Saturday at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in the Los Angeles area after suffering a heart attack.”
Reports the Los Angeles Times, “Crouch’s trademark songs included ‘My Tribute (To God Be the Glory),’ ‘Soon and Very Soon’ and his first, ‘The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power.’
“When he wrote it as a teenager, he crumpled it up and threw it away. His sister, a fellow Grammy winner and his co-pastor at Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ in San Fernando, retrieved it from the wastebasket. ‘Andrae, that’s a good song,’ she told him.”
The Times also notes that Crouch helped Michael Jackson arrange “Man in the Mirror.”
Music Times writes, “He worked as a producer and arranger for Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Elton John and many others. Bob Darden from Billboard magazine once said, “Along with Larry Norman, Crouch is one of religious music’s original groundbreakers. Indeed, as contemporary gospel’s perennial frontrunner, Crouch is most widely recognized as the first black gospel artist to appeal to both religious and secular audiences across multiracial lines. A prolific songwriter with some 300 titles to his credit—many of which have become industry standards—Crouch has been a driving force since he appeared on the music scene in the late 1960s.’”
Crouch won seven Grammys.
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Here’s a terrific video from YouTube of Crouch talking and then singing, from 1975: