Andraé Crouch ‘Father of modern gospel music’ dies
Andraé Crouch the ‘father of modern gospel music’ recorded by Elvis, Paul Simon, Madonna and Michael Jackson, passes away at 72 years young.
On the 8th January 2015 the world of Gospel and contemporary Christian music lost a king. Considered as royalty among his peers, the much respected musician who was highly esteemed, Andraé Edward Crouch of Los Angeles, California was a major link between two worlds, yet always remained true throughout his faith walk in Christ Jesus.
Gone at the age of 72, the celebrated pianist and organ player, songwriter, arranger, record producer and pastor had walked in his calling as a minster the Word; sharing the Gospel through song for almost 50 years via labels Light, Warner Bros., Qwest and finally Verity records.
Crouch worked with Siedah Garrett, Tata Vega, Michael Jackson, The Clarks Sisters, Michael W. Smith, was admired by gospel giants Israel Houghton, Be Be and Ce Ce Winans, Anointed, Take 6 and numerous other names in both the Gospel and secular world. Crouch was strategic in bringing acts which include The Winans, Walter and Tramaine Hawkins to the attention of Light Records, of which all brought their careers to fruition.
I will always remember singing his world renowned ‘The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power’ many times at church.
Andraé Crouch was a revered SOUL-DIER loved by many, who irritated the narrow-minded of Christians, and triumphed to bring people from all backgrounds together through his music ministry and more, lest we forget.
DJ Marcia Carr