Andrae Crouch was the pastor at New Christ Memorial Church in San Fernando, California, and a nine-time Grammy winner who was also a gospel music legend. He died in Los Angeles on Jan. 8, 2015.
Andrae Crouch is called "the father of modern gospel" because he brought elements of R&;B and pop music to the gospel genre during the 1970s and 1980s. He was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2004, he earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Then in 2005, he was honored by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences at their Inaugural Salute to Gospel Music, where he earned a Lifetime Achievement Award. Crouch's twin sister, Sandra, continues to run the New Christ Memorial Church, as of 2015.