Andre Crouch on cover of 1981 LP "Don't Give Up"
|Birthname||Andraé Edward Crouch|
|Born:||July 1, 1942|
|Birthplace:||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Gospel singer/Musician, songwriter, arranger, record producer, pastor|
|Appeared on:||The Jeffersons|
|Episodes appeared in:||"Men of the Cloth" (Season 8)|
Andraé Crouch (born July 1, 1942) made a guest appearance on The Jeffersons as himself in the Season 8 episode titled "Men of the Cloth". Andrae has been a key figure in American gospel music since his involvement in the "Jesus Music" movement of the 1960s and 1970s. As a result, Andre has helped bring about contemporary Christian music, and began to bridge the gap between black and white Christian music. Though sometimes criticized for diluting the Gospel message by using contemporary styles, his songs have become staples in churches all around the world and recorded by mainstream artists such as Elvis Presley and Paul Simon.
Crouch is also credited with revolutionizing the sound of urban Gospel music. Crouch was instrumental in bringing Walter and Tramaine Hawkins, Jessy Dixon and The Winans to Light Records, all enjoying successful gospel music careers. His influence has extended to countless artists like BeBe and CeCe Winans, The Clark Sisters, Wintley Phipps, Anointed and Israel Houghton.
In 1996, Crouch's songs were the impetus for the Grammy Award- winning CD, Tribute: The Songs of Andraé Crouch (released on Warner Bros. Records), which featured a range of artists performing some of his classic songs including the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Take 6 and Michael W. Smith.
work with Michael JacksonEdit
Andrae has often collaborated with his sister Sandra Crouch, an equally well-known and renowned Christian Gospel recoding artist in her own right, who also sings in his choir, The Andrae Crouch Singers. In 1987, the Andraé Crouch Choir sang background vocals along with Siedah Garrett, Glen Ballard, and The Winans on Jackson's hit single "Man in the Mirror" from Michael Jackson's Bad album. His Gospel choir, The Andraé Crouch Singers were also featured on the songs "Keep the Faith" and "Will You Be There" from Jackson's 1991 Dangerous album. Andraé and Sandra also did the choir arrangement for those songs. On Jackson's HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I project in 1995, the Andraé Crouch Choir chants climactically in a dramatic interaction with Jackson on "Earth Song." Crouch's composition, "Soon and Very Soon" was performed at the public memorial service for Jackson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Since 1994, Andrae has served as Senior Pastor at Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ in Pacoima, California, the church founded by his late parents, who, as well as a brother who also passed during that time.
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