It’s not often that I get to write about gospel in this space, but I’d be sorely remiss to ignore the passing of a gospel legend. Andraé Crouch, who wrote some of the most memorable gospel songs of the past 40 years, passed away at age 72.
Crouch, a Los Angeles native, died about 4:30 p.m. at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles from complications after having a heart attack on Saturday, according to Brian Mayes.
Crouch, an award-winning singer and composer, also worked as a producer and arranger for such artists as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Elton John and Diana Ross.
Gospel always has had a strong influence on R&B and pop music. Remember the choir in Michael Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror?” That was led by Crouch.
But he’ll be mostly remembered for his gospel hits. His first album, Take the Message Everywhere, was released in 1969; his most recent, Live In Las Vegas, dropped in 2013. During that 40-year span, he gave us countless songs: “Soon and Very Soon,” “Through It All,” “Bless His Holy Name,” and my church’s favorite in the 90s, “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power.” You gotta pronounce “Power” like “Pow’r” to get it right.
Crouch’s music is the true definition of timeless, passed down through generations as an inspiring tribute to faith. Pop, R&B and gospel were all touched by his pen.
Heaven’s angel is finally back home. He earned the rest.