by Samantha Denäe
“The father of modern gospel music” Andrae Crouch passed away at the age of 72 after reportedly suffering a heart attack.
The seven-time Grammy winner was known for songs like The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power, Jesus is Love, My Tribute (To God Be the Glory), and Soon and Very Soon. The pioneer also contributed in secular music in leading choirs who sang on Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror and Madonna’s Like a Prayer.
Crouch had been admitted at the Northridge Hospital Medical Center since Saturday.
The Recording Academy released a statement saying that he was “a remarkable musician and legendary figure” and that he “fiercely devoted to evolving the sound of contemporary, urban gospel music.”
Crouch and Sandra Crouch, his twin sister, were pastors at New Christ Memorial Church in San Fernando, CA. Sandra also released a statement:
“Today my twin brother, womb-mate and best friend went home to be with the Lord. I tried to keep him here but God loved him best.”
Rest in Peace.
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