Andrae Crouch, gospel music Legend and seven-time Grammy winner, died Jan 8th 2015 in a Los Angeles-area hospital, according to the message that his publicist left on his website.
Crouch was 72 and had been hospitalized at Northridge Hospital Medical Center since Saturday. Andrae Crouch was best known for is remarkable work with his his gospel choir, who were called the Disciples, he also produced and arranged songs for pop legends like Michael Jackson and many others. The cause of death has not been given at this time.
Andrae Crouch took gospel music to another level in the 1970s. Andrae Crouch gave it power and verve that propelled him out of the church and into the mainstream, although he really never left the church either.
“ Andrae Crouch was an innovator, a path-finder, a precursor in an industry noted for its conservative, often derivative approach to popular music,” Robert Darden wrote for Christianity Today. “He combined gospel and rock, flavored it with jazz and calypso as the mood struck him and the song called for it.
Often called “the father of modern gospel music,” Crouch was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 1998 and his songs have been covered by artists as varied as Bob Dylan, Elton John, Barbara Mandrell, Paul Simon, Elvis Presley and Little Richard.
And if you needed to give your song a gospel feel, he was the go-to guy. Andrae Crouch directed the choirs that sang on Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” and Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.”
Andrae Crouch started is great career singing in his dad’s California church. Andrae Crouch later formed his music group there, according his biography on the Gospel Music Hall of Fame website. He would later co-pastor the congregation with his twin sister.
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