Andrae Crouch

Sep 24, 2013
Sep 27, 2011
Jan 01, 2006
Oct 05, 1999
Jan 01, 1997
Mar 08, 1994
Jan 01, 1986
Jan 01, 1984
Jan 01, 1982
Jan 01, 1981
Jan 01, 1979
Jan 01, 1972

Andrae Crouch is listed in the credits for the following albums:

Year Artist Album Role
1969 Andraé Crouch & The Disciples Take the Message Everywhere Performer
1971 Pat Boone Sings the New Songs of The Jesus People Songwriter
1971 Danny Lee & Children Of Truth One Way Songwriter
1971 Andraé Crouch & The Disciples Keep on Singin' Songwriter, Vocals
1972 Dallas Holm Looking Back Songwriter
1973 The Archers The Archers Songwriter
1973 Andraé Crouch & The Disciples Live at Carnegie Hall Producer, Songwriter, Vocals, Keyboards
1974 Sherman Andrus I've Got Confidence Producer, Songwriter, Arrangements
1974 The Archers Keep Singin' That Love Song Songwriter
1975 Andraé Crouch & The Disciples Take Me Back Producer, Songwriter, Arrangements, Keyboards, Organ, Synthesizer, Percussion, Vocals
1975 The Archers Things We Deeply Feel Songwriter
1976 The Cam Floria Continental Voices Majesty & Glory Songwriter
1976 Madeline Manning Jackson Running for Jesus Songwriter, Keyboards
1976 Andraé Crouch & The Disciples This is Another Day Producer, Piano, Fender Rhodes, Organ, Vocals
1977 Evie Mirror Songwriter
1978 Evie A Little Song of Joy for My Little Friends Songwriter
1978 Andraé Crouch & The Disciples Live in London Producer, Songwriter, Arrangements, Mixed, Keyboards, Vocals
1980 Kristle Murden I Can't Let Go Producer, Songwriter, Arrangements, Vocals
1980 Tony Comer and Crosswinds Tony Comer and Crosswinds Songwriter
1980 Evie Favorites Songwriter
1981 Andrae Crouch Don't Give Up Producer, Songwriter, Vocals
1981 Chris Christian Just Sit Back Songwriter, Guest Vocals
1982 The Archers At Their Very Best Songwriter
1982 Andrae Crouch Finally Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Vocals
1984 The Front The Front Background Vocals
1985 Howard McCrary So Good
1986 Sandra Crouch We're Waiting Producer, Songwriter, Arrangements, Organ, Piano, Vocals
1986 Candy Christmas Arms of Love Songwriter
1987 Bash 'N The Code Big Mouth Songwriter
1991 Ashley Cleveland Big Town Songwriter
1992 Scott Blackwell A Myx'd Trip to a Gospel House Songwriter
1992 First Call Human Song Songwriter
1993 Carola My Tribute Songwriter
1996 Evie Our Recollections Songwriter
1998 Dino Collector's Series, Volume Two Songwriter
1998 Ashley Cleveland You Are There Songwriter
2005 Anointed Now Is The Time Guest Vocals [Jesus Is Love]
2012 Gordon Mote Songs I Grew Up Singing Songwriter

Andrae Crouch

Jul 01, 1942
Jan 08, 2015

Andraé Crouch was a seven-time Grammy Award-winning American gospel singer, songwriter, arranger, recording artist, record producer, and pastor.

Born Andraé Edward Crouch in San Francisco, California. Andrae's parents managed a dry cleaner. His father, Benjamin Crouch, also had a street ministry and ministered in hospitals and prisons. Andrae was eleven years old when his father was invited to preach at a small church in a farming community. The church didn't have a pastor, so the bishop invited Andrae's father to become the pastor. That first Sunday, Andrae's father asked him to come upfront. He said, "Andrae if God gave you the gift of music to play and sing for him would you do it for his glory all your life?" Andrae said, "Yeah, daddy." A couple of weeks later, his father asked him to come up as the congregation was singing. He said, "If you're gonna play, play." Andrae found the key and started to play the piano. As he got a little older, he started to write songs and lead a choir. Until he was fourteen, he had a stuttering problem—so he let his sister talk for him in public.

Crouch's first group was the Church of God in Christ Singers (COGICS) in 1960, which included Billy Preston. The COGICS were the first group to record "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power."

While attending Valley Junior College in California for a career in teaching, he was called to the ministry and formed The Disciples in 1965, along with Perry Morgan and Bili Thedford. The group became a frequent attraction at "Monday Night Sing" concerts in southern California by promoter Audrey Meier. Meier would introduce Crouch to Tim Spencer of Manna Music Publishing, who would be the first to publish one of his songs ("The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power," which was written by Andrae at age 15 but tossed in the trash because he thought it poor. Sister Sandra thought differently and salvaged it.) In turn, Spencer helped launch their recording career by introducing the group to Light Records founder Ralph Carmichael. Sherman Andrus and Reuben Fernandez were added to the group to record their first album, Take The Message Everywhere, in 1968. They were subsequently replaced by Andrae's twin sister Sandra in 1970. Sherman Andrus went on to join the Imperials. In 1972, singer Danniebelle Hall, trumpeter Fletch Wiley, Harlan Rogers, and drummer Bill Maxwell joined the Disciples. Many support singers, Kathy Hazzard, Bea Carr, and James Felix were part of the Disciples entourage. Bili Thedford and Danniebelle left for solo careers.

At the urging of Carmichael, Crouch began to record his compositions in 1968, with the group's debut album Take the Message Everywhere releasing in 1969. In 1972, the Disciples appeared on network television's The Tonight Show, Starring Johnny Carson. By 1985, they had also performed at the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall and toured 68 countries. Crouch's most popular songs from this period include "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power," "Through It All," "Bless His Holy Name," and "My Tribute." Their contemporary gospel sound reached beyond the traditional African American base and touched a racially and musically diverse audience.

The Disciples disbanded in 1979, and Andrae' continued with his solo career with an ensemble of Howard Smith, Linda McCrary, Tata Vega, Kristle Murden, and the Andrae' Crouch Singers. Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, Dean Parks, David Porcaro, Philip Bailey, Stevie Wonder other secular artists were featured on all of Crouch's major recording sessions. Crouch had a gift of bringing out unique voices in solos on his projects, including El Debarge on "The Lord is my Light" or Tata Vega on "Oh it is Jesus." In addition, he has produced solo projects for Kristle Murden and James Felix. Several musical acts and solo performers covered his more popular works, including Elvis Presley, further expanding Crouch's musical influence.

In 2006, Crouch released Mighty Wind, a 40th-anniversary album featuring guest performances by Marvin Winans, Crystal Lewis, Karen Clark Sheard, and Lauren Evans.

Andraé Crouch was a key figure in the Jesus Music movement of the 1960s and 1970s. As a result, he helped bring about contemporary Christian music and bridge the gap between black and white Christian music. Though sometimes criticized for diluting the Gospel message by using contemporary styles, his songs have become staples in churches worldwide and recorded by mainstream artists such as Elvis Presley and Paul Simon.

Crouch is also credited with revolutionizing the sound of urban Gospel music. Crouch was instrumental in bringing Walter and Tramaine Hawkins, Jessy Dixon, and The Winans to Light Records, all enjoying successful gospel music careers. In addition, his influence has extended to countless artists like BeBe and CeCe Winans, The Clark Sisters, Wintley Phipps, Anointed, and Israel Houghton.

In 1996, Crouch's songs were the impetus for the Grammy Award-winning CD, Tribute: The Songs of Andraé Crouch (released on Warner Bros. Records), which featured a range of artists performing some of his classic songs including, the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Take 6 and Michael W. Smith.

Andraé passed away on January 8, 2015, at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, following complications from a heart attack he suffered on January 3rd. He was 72 years old.

Wikipedia contributors. Andraé Crouch. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. September 25, 2010, 20:07 UTC. Available at: Accessed November 19, 2010.

February 04, 2015

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Over four thousand people from all over the world packed into the West Angeles Church of God In Christ on January 21st, to pay their respects to legendary Gospel artist Andraé Crouch. The concert and Celebration of Life services were streamed live on as well as the church’s website, with more than 600,000 people logging on to watch online.

January 08, 2015

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Music legend Andraé Crouch has died from complications following a heart attack on January 3rd. Andraé passed away surrounded by family on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at approximately 4:30pm PST at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in the Los Angeles area. Andraé was 72 years old.

December 04, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tennessee -- Legendary Gospel artist Andraé Crouch was admitted to the hospital on Monday, December 1st. As a result of Andraé’s sudden and unexpected hospitaliztion, Riverphlo Entertainment has decided to postpone this month’s “Let the Church Say Amen” Celebration Tour. Ticket holders can contact the venues for information on rescheduled dates.

November 04, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tennessee -- Gospel music legend Andraé Crouch will be honored with the “Let the Church Say Amen” Celebration Tour in cities nationwide this holiday season.

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