Andrae Crouch died on Jan. 8, 2015, at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, as a result of a heart attack he had incurred five days prior. It was not the first time Crouch had been hospitalized for heart troubles. In 2014, he was hospitalized for pneumonia and congestive heart failure.
Andrae Crouch was an American gospel singer, songwriter, record producer and pastor. He was well- known for his collaborations with several big name artists, including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Stevie Wonder and Elton John. He also had his own successful compositions including "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power," "My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)" and "Soon and Very Soon."
Crouch won seven Grammy awards as well as many GMA Dove awards. In 1998, he was inducted into the Gospel Music Association's Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He also received an Oscar nomination for his composition work for the film "A Color Purple."
Crouch was born in 1942 in San Francisco, California, along with his twin sister Sandra. As a young boy, Crouch started playing piano at his family's church. He wrote his first gospel song at the age of 14. He formed is first musical group in 1960, who called themselves Church of God in Christ Singers.