Andraé Crouch Remembered for His Dedication to Gospel Music

Andraé Crouch Remembered for His Dedication to Gospel Music

Stevie Wonder, Rev. Jesse Jackson and more sang the legend's praises.

Published January 22, 2015

Gospel legend Andraé Crouch was honored at his funeral in Los Angeles for his dedication and contributions to gospel music over the years. With several high profile musicians like Yolanda AdamsStevie Wonder and Ledisi singing his praises at the service, the Grammy-winning singer was sent off like a king.

The Associated Press reports that during the Wednesday service at West Angeles Church of God in Christ, many congregated to celebrate Crouch's life. Rev. Jesse Jackson also shared a few words on his legacy, saying, "Andraé is the father of modern gospel... We cannot forget how hard he fought, not just to change people, but to change our society. Andraé is not just a local or national gospel singer. He is an international transformer, a historic figure that eclipsed his time and changed the course."

Stevie Wonder, who shared a long-standing relationship with Crouch, spoke on his experiences with the icon and even revealed how he inspired him to play the harmonica: "I was in the studio and someone said, Andraé Crouch wants you to play harmonica on this song... I said I've always wanted to play harmonica for him on a song, so it's truly an honor to be able to do this song again and celebrate his life. He blessed me as a friend."

Crouch's twin sister, Sandra Crouch, emotionally reminisced about her brother's final days, saying, "I tried to keep my twin here, but God said, 'He's suffered enough, and I want him home with me.'" Shortly after, lightening the mood, Sandra joked about her twin brother being born 30 minutes before her, making him her "opening act."

Other guests at the sevice included Kirk FranklinShirley Caesar and BeBe, CeCe and Marvin Winans.

Andraé Crouch died on Jan. 8 at Northridge Hospital Medical Center after suffering a heart attack. He was 72.

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Written by Moriba Cummings

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