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