Tribute concert & celebration for gospel legend Andraé Crouch Jan. 20-21

by Vanessa Garcia Rodriguez, |
Eight-time Grammy-winning contemporary gospel singer Andrae Crouch. | REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson LN/File PHOTO

LOS ANGELES (Christian Examiner) -- The family of legendary music pioneer Andrae Crouch who died from a heart attack last week announced two public celebrations honoring the seven-time grammy award winner's life scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 20 and Wednesday, Jan. 21 at the West Angeles Church of God In Christ located in Los Angeles.

Throughout his life music pioneer and Pastor Andrae Crouch had a thriving career that influenced countless musicians and incited the spread of gospel music into mainstream channels in the late 1960's that continues to this day.

Among the musician's famed gospel works are "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power," "My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)" and "Soon and Very Soon." He was also well-known for his work with movies such as "The Lion King."

From other award-winning gospel singers like Jason Crabb to actor and producer Tyler Perry, tributes to the gospel singer from celebrities and fans across the globe poured in through social media and online since the 72-year-old's death.

President Obama also released a statement recognizing Crouch's impact and "iconic" career.

"Michelle and I were saddened to learn of the passing of music legend Pastor Andrae Crouch," the Obama's statement read. "As a leading pioneer of contemporary gospel music, the soulful classics that Pastor Crouch created over the years have uplifted the hearts and minds of several generations and his timeless influence continues to be felt in not only gospel but a variety of music genres."

Crouch was born in San Francisco the son of a preacher. He started playing the piano at age nine for his dad's church and had written his first gospel song by age 14.

The Recording Academy, which recognized Crouch with seven Grammys throughout his 50-year career said Crouch was "a remarkable musician and legendary figure" who was "fiercely devoted to evolving the sound of contemporary, urban gospel music."

The Celebration of Life includes a Jan. 20 viewing, 4-6 p.m., followed by a "Tribute Concert" 7-9 p.m.; and on Jan. 21, a 4-hour "Celebration Service" from 11 a.m - 3 p.m., according to the family's official notice.


Andrae Crouch dies after a heart attack at 72