|Artist Birtday :||01/07/1942 (Age 79)|
|Born In :||San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|Occupation(s) :||Singer, songwriter, arranger, record producer, choir director, pastor|
Andraé Edward Crouch (July 1, 1942 – January 8, 2015) was an American gospel singer, songwriter, arranger, record producer, and pastor. Referred to as “the father of modern gospel music” by contemporary Christian and gospel music professionals, Crouch was known for his compositions “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power”, “My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)” and “Soon and Very Soon”. He collaborated on some of his recordings with artists, such as Stevie Wonder, El DeBarge, Philip Bailey, Chaka Khan, Sheila E., and vocal group Take 6, and many recording artists covered his material, including, Bob Dylan, Barbara Mandrell, Paul Simon, Elvis Presley, and Little Richard. In the 1980s and 1990s, he was known as the “go-to” producer for superstars who sought a gospel choir sound in their recordings, appearing on a number of recordings, including Michael Jackson’s “Man In the Mirror”, Madonna’s “Like a Prayer”, and “The Power”, a duet between Elton John and Little Richard. Crouch was noted for his talent of incorporating contemporary secular music styles into the gospel music he grew up with. His efforts in this area helped pave the way for early American contemporary Christian music during the 1960s and 1970s.