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Andrae Crouch

Andraé Crouch appeared on the red carpet for the BET Celebration of Gospel on December 11, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)

Update: Saturday, January 10, 2015, 9:15am ET:

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.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • Viewing: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Tribute Celebration: 7:00pm

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

  • Viewing: 10:00am – 11:00am
  • Celebration of Life: 11:00am

In lieu of flowers, please send tax-deductible donations to:

Andraé Crouch Memorial Fund, c/o New Christ Memorial Church, 13333 Vaughn, Pacoima, CA 91340

http://www.newchristmemorial.org

Cards and letters may be sent to:

New Christ Memorial Church, 13333 Vaughn, Pacoima, CA 91340, Attn.: Mauri Jones

EARLIER:

The gospel world has lost a giant: Andraé Crouch is dead at age 72. According to Gannett News Service:

Andraé Crouch, a gospel musician who bridged the worlds of the church and mainstream music for more than 50 years, died Thursday afternoon. The 72-year-old singer, songwriter and choir director had been hospitalized since Saturday in the Los Angeles area after suffering a heart attack.

Mr. Crouch, sometimes called “the father of modern gospel music,” led the choirs that sang on such hits as Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” and Madonna’s “Like a Prayer.” As a songwriter, he penned several gospel favorites, most notably “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,” “My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)” and “Soon and Very Soon,” a song sung at Jackson’s public memorial service.

Crouch, a Los Angeles native, died about 4:30 p.m. at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times.

His “Let the Church Say Amen” Celebration Tour had been postponed last month due to illness.

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Crouch won five Grammys, had a Gold Record for “Jesus Is the Answer,” was the Soul Gospel Artist for Billboard Magazine in 1975 and 1977 and won a Dove Award in 1978.

He is survived by his twin sister, Sandra Couch.

Reaction  around the music world to Andraé Crouch’s passing was swift and mournful:

See Crouch perform a classic, live rendition of “Soon and Very Soon” in the video below.

 

Friday morning “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin will devote 2 segments to late gospel great. Tune in to watch it at 9 a.m. EST on TV One. Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond and Donnie McClurkin will be among those paying tribute.

 

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