About Andrae Crouch
Andrae and his twin sister Sandra were born July 1, 1942 in Los Angeles, California . His father pastored Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ (COGIC) and it was there where Andrae was steeped in gospel music, playing piano and singing before he was 10 years old. Today he is one of the most renowned and widely respected pioneers of contemporary gospel music. By combining such classic gospel music elements as call-and-response and choir, along with pop songwriting techniques and production, Crouch's style has influenced countless other artists
Crouch's career quickly began to soar, as he kept steadily issuing albums (including such standout releases as 1978's self-titled release, 1981's Don't Give Up, 1982's Live at Carnegie Hall, 1997's Pray, and 1998's Gift of Christmas), as well as penning such renowned gospel tunes as "My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)" and "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power." In addition, Crouch toured across the globe (including Europe, Africa, the Far East, and the United States); collaborated with such acclaimed pop artists as Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, and Madonna; received a total of nine Grammy Awards and an Academy Award nomination; and provided film scores to such movies as The Lion King and Free Willy.
Andrae was given a “Dove Award” by the Gospel Music Association for Soul Gospel Record of the Year 1977 and 1978, also Contemporary Black Gospel Album (1985) which he co-produced and performed.
In 2004, Crouch became one of only three gospel musicians honored with a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2006, Crouch released Mighty Wind, a 40th anniversary album featuring guest performances by Marvin Winans, Crystal Lewis, Karen Clark Sheard, and Lauren Evans. That was followed up by Just Andrae (2007), I'll be thinking of You (2007) and Keep on Singin (2008).