An­drae’ Crouch

July 1, 1942 - Jan­uary 8, 2015

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Crouch has been cred­ited as a key fig­ure in Je­sus mu­sic of the 1960s and 1970s and, as a re­sult, help­ing to bring about con­tem­po­rary Chris­tian mu­sic into the church.He is also cred­ited with help­ing to bridge the gap be­tween black and white Chris­tian mu­sic and rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing the sound of ur­ban Gospel mu­sic. Though some­times crit­i­cized for diluting the Chris­tian mes­sage by us­ing con­tem­po­rary mu­sic styles, his songs have be­come sta­ples in churches and hym­nals around the world and have been recorded by main­stream artists such as Elvis

An­draé Ed­ward Crouch was born, along with his twin sis­ter, San­dra, on July 1, 1942 in San Fran­cisco, Cal­i­for­nia to par­ents Benjamin and Catherine (née Hod­nett) Crouch. When he was young, Crouch’s par­ents owned and op­er­ated a dry-clean­ing busi­ness called Crouch Clean­ers, as well as a restau­rant busi­ness in Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia. In ad­di­tion to run­ning the fam­ily’s busi­nesses, Crouch’s par­ents had a Chris­tian street-preach­ing min­istry and a hos­pi­tal and pri­son min­istry. When Crouch was 11, his fa­ther was in­vited to speak for sev­eral weeks at a small church as a guest preacher. Crouch’s fa­ther and the con­gre­ga­tion en­cour­aged him to play dur­ing the ser­vices. At the pi­ano, Crouch found the key in which the con­gre­ga­tion was singing and started to play. Af­ter this, Crouch honed his pi­ano-play­ing skills and, in time, wanted to write his own mu­sic. When he was 14 years old, he wrote his first Gospel song.

His af­fil­i­a­tion with Light Records was in­stru­men­tal in bring­ing Wal­ter and Tra­maine Hawkins, Jessy Dixon and The Wi­nans to the la­bel, from where they all have en­joyed suc­cess­ful gospel mu­sic ca­reers. In 1996, Crouch and his mu­sic were hon­ored on the Grammy Award-win­ning CD, Trib­ute: The Songs of An­draé Crouch, re­leased by Warner Bros. Records. The al­bum fea­tured a wide range of artists per­form­ing Crouch’s clas­sic songs and fea­tured the Brook­lyn Taber­na­cle Choir, Take 6, Twila Paris, and Michael W. Smith.

Crouch and his sis­ter San­dra had a friend­ship and mu­sic re­la­tion­ship with the late Michael Jack­son. 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. They were also fea­tured on the songs “Keep the Faith” and “Will You Be There” from Jack­son’s 1991 Danger­ous al­bum. On Jack­son’s HIS­tory: Past, Present and Fu­ture, Book I project in 1995, the An­draé Crouch Choir is heard on “Earth Song.” Crouch’s com­po­si­tion, “Soon and Very Soon” was per­formed by the An­draé Crouch Choir at the public me­mo­rial ser­vice for Jack­son held at the Sta­ples Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les on July 7, 2009. Source: Wikipedia.com

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