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Friday, 9 January 2015

Andraé Crouch 1st July 1942- 8th January 2015

Andraé Crouch
Gospel Singer, Song Writer, Recording Artist, Arranger, Producer and Pastor.

Often reffered to as the "Father of Modern Gospel Music", Crouch was a well known writer of some truly epic songs: The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power, My Tribute (To God Be The Glory), Jesus Is The Answer, Through It All, Take Me Back, Soon And Very Soon, and It Won't Be Long (to name but a few).

He has also arranged and produced for artists outside of the sphere of Gospel Music working alongside Madonna, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, The Lion King movie and Prefab Sprout (again to name but a few).

He also won a number of Grammy Awards throughout his career:

1975: Best Soul Gospel Performance Take Me Back 
1978: Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album Live In London
1979: Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album I'll Be Thinking of You 
1980: Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational "The Lord's Prayer" (collaborative) 
1981: Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album Don't Give Up 
1984: Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male "Always Remember" 
1994: Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album Mercy.
Crouch was hospitalized in early December 2014 for pneumonia and congestive heart failure. As a result, his December tour was postponed. He was hospitalized again on January 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, as the result of a heart attack. Crouch died five days later on January 8, 2015, at the age of 72. Yesterday, his sister, Sandra, released the following statement: "Today my twin brother, womb-mate and best friend went home to be with the Lord. Please keep me, my family and our church family in your prayers. I tried to keep him here but God loved him best."


Tribute: The Songs of Andraé Crouch - Various Artists
1) Take Me Back (CeCe Winans)
2) Jesus is the Answer (Michael W. Smith)
3) I Don't Know Why Jesus Loved Me (Twila Paris)
4) It's Gonna Rain (Bryan Duncan)
5) Through it All (Wayne Watson)
6) It Won't Be Long (The Winans)
7) The Blood Will Never Lose its Power (Clay Crosse)
8) This is Another Day (Take 6)
9) Soon And Very Soon (The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir)
10) Can't Nobody Do Me Like Jesus (First Call)
11) My Tribute (To God Be The Glory) (All-Star Choir/Andraé Crouch).
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