What Was Andrae Crouch Known For?


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Andrae Crouch was a gospel musician and successful vocal arranger, recording producer and choir leader. He was famous for merging contemporary secular music styles and gospel music in the 1960s, which paved the way for American contemporary Christian music. His best-known songs are "Soon and Very Soon," "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power" and "My Tribute."

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Andrae Crouch started his singing career at the age of 14. He first participated in the Church of God in Christ Singers group in 1960. The group was the first to record the famous song "The Blood." In 1960, Andrae founded the Disciples group, which became a frequent attraction at various concerts in Southern California. He began to record his own music in 1969 and sang solo with the Oslo Gospel Choir in Norway.

Andrae collaborated with Elton John, Steve John and Quincy Jones in the 1980s and 1990s. He also conducted choirs based on Michael Jackson and Madonna's songs "Man in The Mirror" and "Like a Prayer." In 2004, he became the third gospel artist to receive a star award on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was a seven-time Grammy winner and died in January 2015 at the age of 72. People commonly refer to him as "the father of modern gospel music."

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