Grammy, Dove, ASCAP, Billboard, and NCAAP Award winning Gospel singer, songwriter, arranger, recording artist, record producer and pastor, Andraé Crouch completed his journey here on earth on January 8, 2015. He was one of only a few Gospel artist to receive a star on the Hollywood walk of fame (while he was living).
Beyond the accolades, Crouch was a “father” in the Gospel movement and was an early influence in the Jesus Movement and early Contemporary Christian Music. Not only did he have influence in Gosepl and CCM music, but Crouch also helped produce some memorable choir sounds on some of pop music’s biggest albums.
“Crouch and his sister Sandra loved and greatly respected Michael Jackson as a dear friend for many years. 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. The Andraé Crouch Singers were also featured on the songs “Keep the Faith” and “Will You Be There” from Jackson’s 1991 Dangerous album. Andraé and Sandra also did the choir arrangement for those songs. On Jackson’s HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I project in 1995, the Andraé Crouch Choir chants climactically in a dramatic interaction with Jackson on “Earth Song.” Crouch’s composition, “Soon and Very Soon” was performed at the public memorial service for Jackson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.”
His twin sister, Sandra, released the following statement yesterday: “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.”
Crouch was 72. To God Be The Glory.