By Janeal Downs
Andraé Crouch, viagra the seven-time Grammy winning Gospel singer and songwriter, abortion died Jan. 8 due to complications caused by a heart attack. He was 72. After being hospitalized because of a heart attack on Jan. 3, pill Crouch died at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in California.
Involved in the church from an early age, Crouch was born July 1, 1942 and grew up in Los Angeles with his twin sister Pastor Sandra Crouch. Sometimes known as “The Father of Modern Gospel”, he gifted his music and talent to the world for more than 50 years.
“Today my twin brother, womb-mate and best friend went home to be with the Lord,” Crouch’s sister Pastor Sandra Crouch said in an official family statement posted on Crouch’s public Facebook page. “Please keep me, my family and our church family in your prayers. I tried to keep him here but God loved him best.”
Along with his seven Grammy’s, Crouch and others, including Quincy Jones, was nominated for an Oscar for his music featured in “The Color Purple.” Crouch also worked as a conductor on the Disney movie “The Lion King.” Other accomplishments include his 1998 acceptance into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004.
Crouch was a member of the musical group The Church of God in Christ Singers and the choir he founded called the Disciples. With the Disciples, Crouch sang on the song “Like a Prayer” by Madonna. Crouch also assisted in the making of Michael Jackson’s song “Man in the Mirror.” Crouch also worked with other artists including Marvin Winans, Shelia E., Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, and many others.
“I give people a beautiful message, but I do it with pop, rock, funk, jazz or disco or anything that will make it appealing,” Crouch said in a 1982 interview with The Los Angeles Times. He said his songs took people through the Scriptures and reinforced the word of God.
Crouch is known for songs such as “Soon and Very Soon,” “My Tribute,” “Through it All,” and released nine solo albums. His last album “The Journey” was released in 2011.
“As a leading pioneer of contemporary gospel music, the soulful classics that Pastor Crouch created over the years have uplifted the hearts and minds of several generations,” President Barack Obama said in a statement. “His timeless influence continues to be felt in not only gospel but a variety of music genres.”
A celebration of Andraé Crouch’s life will take place on Tuesday, January 20th and Wednesday, January 21st at West Angeles Church of God In Christ, located at 3045 Crenshaw Blvd in Los Angeles, California. Both services will be open to the public.