1942 – A Legend Is Born

Andraé was born with his twin sister, Sandra, on July 1, 1942 in beautiful San Francisco.


1953 - A Prodigy

At the age of eleven, Crouch (urged by the congregation where his father was the guest preacher) began to play the piano. While at San Fernando High School, Crouch organized the church choir and started performing with his sister Sandra in a seven-piece group called Cogics, the Church of God in Christ Singers.


It Is Written

Some members of his church, Andraé and Sandra formed Andraé Crouch and the Disciples. They got signed to the mainstream Christian label Light Records, which helped the group rise to fame.


The Influence

Although Crouch was influenced by pop, soul and funk, he was still steadfast in gospel music. He became better known for songs such as "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power" and "Jesus Is the Answer," which are extremely popular within the church. His music was known for its stressed rhythms, chord inversions and vocal placings.


Breaking Barriers

Further breaking barriers, Crouch performed on the Saturday Night Live stage in the show's sixth season and wasable to bring the gospel to a new crowd.


The Color Purple

Crouch earned an Oscar nomination for his composition of "Maybe God Is Tryin' to Tell You Somethin'" from The Color Purple soundtrack. He also wrote "Heaven Belongs to You," which is also featured on the soundtrack.


The King of Pop

After forming an amazing friendship with Michael Jackson, the Andraé Crouch Choir sang background vocals along with Siedah Garrett, Glen Ballard and The Winans on Jackson's hit single "Man in the Mirror" from the Bad album.


The Tribute

Crouch's music on the Grammy Award-winning CD Tribute: The Songs of Andraé Crouch was released by Warner Bros. Records. The album featured a wide range of artists performing Crouch's classic songs and featured the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Take 6, Twila Paris and Michael W. Smith


Hollywood Famous

Crouch earned a prestigious star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and later in 2007, he was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame and Museum.


Soon and Very Soon

Crouch's composition "Soon and Very Soon" was performed by the Andraé Crouch Choir at the public memorial service for Michael Jackson held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, which was a huge moment.


How Sweet the Sound

At Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound Choir Competition finale event, Crouch received the Living Legend award, presented by singer Chaka Khan. “I thank God for where he has taken music today. God has given me at least 1,700 songs. If you want God to come into your life, give him your heart,” Andráe shared.


The Passing

The world lost a legend. Andraé Crouch passed at the age of 72, and was known foremost as gospel singer as well as one of the most successful vocal arrangers, songwriters and choir leaders of his time! We honor Pastor Crouch for leaving behind music that we will be able share for years and years to come.