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“Father of Modern Gospel Music” Andrae Crouch Passes Away at 72



28th Annual Stellar Awards BackstageThe music world has lost a legend.

Acclaimed Gospel musician Andraé Crouch, died on Thursday afternoon at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in the Los Angeles, after he had been hospitalized since Saturday due to a heart attack, USA Today reports.

The seven-time Grammy Award winner and Academy Award nominee, was often referred to as the “father of modern gospel music,” as he often bridged the worlds of church and mainstream music.

Some of his popular works include leading the choirs that sang on Michael Jackson‘s Man in the Mirror, and Madonna‘s Like a Prayer. He has also worked with Elton John, Diana Ross, Quincy Jones, and many other reputable music icons.

As a songwriter, he penned some gospel favorites including, Soon and Very Soon, My Tribute (To God Be the Glory), and others.

He died at age 72.


Photo Credit: Getty Images/Moses Robinson


  1. Hurperyearmie

    January 9, 2015 at 10:04 am

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we love you sir but God loves you more sleep on you will be greatly missed

  2. Africhic

    January 9, 2015 at 10:14 am

    May his soul rest in peace. I love his music

  3. Preseee

    January 9, 2015 at 10:20 am

    RIP Legend


    January 9, 2015 at 10:21 am

    RIP SIR………………………

  5. JULIE

    January 9, 2015 at 10:38 am


  6. BlueEyed

    January 9, 2015 at 11:35 am

    RIP to this wonderful man, a legend in all essence of the word.

  7. x-factor

    January 9, 2015 at 11:39 am

    RIP.. Papa Andrae
    The song ”through it all” blessed me

  8. @edDREAMZ

    January 9, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I dont knww him but may his soul RIP….

  9. bb

    January 9, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Your ministry was a blessing to my life. Thanks for being the voice that blessed and encouraged me in the faith. Good night Sir.

  10. Mz Socially Awkward...

    January 9, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    “Let the church say amen,
    Let the church say amen,
    God has spoken and let the church say amen…”

    One of Andre’s most frequently played songs on my radio favourite station (Urban Praise). His gospel ministry and many of the simple but purposeful lyrics he wrote blessed a lot of souls – he will truly be missed. May God receive you into a place of rest for now, Papa Crouch, and welcome you into His eternal Kingdom on the last day, where the sounds of singing and praise will be unending…

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