Andrae' Crouch

Gospel/R&B/Soul

Contemporary Gospel,Praise & Worship,Contemporary R&B

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Andraé Crouch's 70s legacy is one of the richest in the gospel genre, yet he has never appealed to the music's purists. The conservative elements in gospel music have seen his incorporation of rock 'n' roll showmanship and riffs as inappropriate at best, and blasphemy at worst.

In an era when religious music in contemporary styles seems a significant and permanent part of the musical landscape, it is important to remember that at one time gospel music was almost exclusively rooted in long traditions. One person above all others expanded the gospel vocabulary to include elements of R&B and modern popular styles. Contemporary gospel's pioneer was Andraé Crouch, who over a thirty-year career has become one of the most influential musicians in the U.S. Both the wide swath of black gospel performers who draw on R&B and the legions of white contemporary Christian artists who blur the line between sacred and secular with middle-of-the-road romantic styles owe Andraé Crouch a musical debt.

Andraé Crouch formed his frst group while still in high school,the Church of God in Christ Singers, with Billy Preston, who went on to solo success in the secular music industry and is widely known for his studio work with The Beatles and his tours with The Rolling Stones.s. The Church of God in Christ Singers were the first to record "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power", which has become a standard in Churches throughout the U.S.

Andraé Crouch founded Andraé Crouch and the Disciples in 1965.  During the 1965-85 period, Andraé Crouch and the Disciples appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, performed at the Hollywood Bowl and toured 68 countries. Andraé Crouch's most popular songs from this period include "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power," "Through It All," "Bless His Holy Name," and "My Tribute". Their contemporary gospel sound reached beyond the traditional African American base and touched a racially and musically diverse audience.

Andraé Crouch and the Disciples performed to sellout crowds at New York's Carnegie Hall in 1975 and 1979. Already they were pushing the boundaries of gospel by introducing features of contemporary R&B styles, and gaining new fans from far outside the usual gospel sphere. Andraé Crouch's crossover gospel encompassed several aspects of secular music, including pop-style vocal arrangements, production techniques, and, most important, Crouch's crooned vocals themselves, miles removed from the intense fervor of traditional gospel.

Andraé Crouch and the Disciples stormed another citadel of secular culture with an appearance on the NBC television Saturday Night Live comedy show in 1980; Crouch was later invited back for a solo performance. Andraé Crouch and the Disciples took home Grammy awards every year from 1978 through 1981, and Crouch's presence on the annual Dove Christian music awards roster was practically guaranteed for several years. However, Andraé Crouch did not let stardom interfere with his songwriting activities, and several of his 1970s compositions, including "Through It All" and "Take Me Back," have entered the gospel tradition's standard repertory.

Andrae Crouch has won numerous awards and honors over the years including eight Grammy Awards, three Dove Awards, and ASCAP, Billboard and NAACP Awards. In 2004, he became the only living contemporary gospel artist - and just the third in history - to have his star enshrined on the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame.  In 2005, Andrae Crouch was the recipient of NARAS' Inaugural Salute to Gospel Music Lifetime Achievement Award.

Andraé Crouch, being called "the father of the modern gospel", his  songs have been sung by Elvis Presley, Paul Simon, hippies, and mainstream churches, as well as his fellow black Pentecostal Christians.

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Discography

Album Title Year Label
Take The Message Everywhere1969Light Records
Keep on Singing1971Light Records
Just Andrae1973Light Records
I Don't Know Why Jesus Loved Me1974Light Records
Take Me Back1975Light Records
This Is Another Day1977Light Records
Live in London1978Light Records
Andrae' Crouch & The Disciples1978Light Records
I'll Be Thinking of YouPop Music CDs)1979Compendia Music Group
Autograph1979Light Records
Don't Give Up1981Warner Bros.
Live at Carnegie Hall1982A&M Records
The Best of Andrae' Crouch & The Disciples1982Light Records
More of the Best of1982Compendia Music Group
No Time to Lose1985Warner Bros.
His Best1990Arrival
Finally1990CGI Patinum
We Sing Praises, Vol. 21991CGI Records
Contemporary Man1991Light Records
Contemporary Man, Vol. 31991Compendia Music Group
Classics 11993Light Records
Let's Worship Him1993K-Tel
Best of Andrae1993Compendia Music Group
Mercy1994Warner Bros.
The Light Years1995Light Records
Pray1997Qwest Records
Gift of Christmas1998Warner Bros.
Hall of Fame1999Compendia Music Group
Legends of Gospel2002Compendia Music Group
Mega 3 Collection, Vol 12002Compendia Music Group
Mega 3 Collection Vol 22002Compendia Music Group
Kings of Gospel2003Universal Music Products
History Makers: Collection2003Sparrow Records
He's Everywhere2004Liquid 8
The Very Best of Andrae' Crouch2005Lynor Music
Soulfully2005Compendia Music Group
Definitive Greatest Hits2005Compendia Music Group
Take the Message Everywhere2005Artemis Strategic
Mighty Wind2005Verity Records
Andrae Crouch2006St. Clair Music
Platinum Praise Collection2008Light Records
The Journey2011Verity Records

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Location:

Los Angeles

California

United States

Record Label:

Verity Records

Christian Label:

Yes

Years Active:

60's

70's

80's

90's

00's

10's





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