Gospel great, Andraé Crouch, has gone on to glory at the age of 72. Hailed as a pioneer and one of the greatest, if not the greatest forerunners, in modern gospel music, Andraé Crouch has left an indelible mark on the industry and the world at large.
On Saturday evening, Crouch was admitted to the Northridge Hospital Medical Center after suffering a heart attack and remained until his passing Thursday afternoon, states his publicist, Brian Mayes.
Sandra Crouch, the singer’s twin-sister and co-pastor of their ministry, New Christ Memorial Church in San Fernando, CA, stated:
“Today my twin brother, womb-mate and best friend went home to be with the Lord.” She goes on to say, “I tried to keep him here but God loved him best.”
Penning his first gospel song at age 14, Crouch certainly carved out a previously unoccupied niche in the gospel music industry by giving us such timeless tunes as “My Tribute” (“To God Be the Glory”), “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,” “Let the Church Say Amen,” “Soon and Very Soon,” and so many others.
Pastor Andraé Crouch has had the opportunity to work with countless influential voices in the music industry at large from Marvin Winans to Michael Jackson, Cece Winans to Chaka Khan, Prophet Kim Clement, Daniel Johnson (his protégé) , Madonna, and countless others.
The late Pastor Crouch has earned 7 Grammy Awards, 6 GMA Dove awards, and other honours including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and “through it all,” never wavered in his message of the gospel truth, but rather, created an opportunity to bring the gospel to mainstream audiences.
The internet and social media in particular is alight with gospel singers and listeners alike voicing their heartbreak and sharing their favourite Andraé Crouch songs from over the years.
Pastor Donnie McClurkin stated:
“Our David, our modern-day David, our Psalmist, has left and gone to Heaven. It won’t be the same. Let the Church say amen.”
Please continue to keep Pastor Sandra Crouch, the entire Crouch family, the New Christ Memorial Church, and his other loved ones in your prayers as we cope with this great loss. The world will undoubtedly miss Andrae Crouch, yet we praise God for lending us his gifts and leaving us his legacy. It will not be forgotten.