Andraé Crouch, an afro-american gospel performer, has died at the age of 72 on January 8, 2015 in Northridge (California). To get just a teaser-grasp of the groundbreaking influence he’s had as a gospel artist and not the least as a person, is a tributing article from The Guardian here: http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2015/jan/09/andrae-crouch-dead-five-songs-michael-jackson
As for myself, Andraé Crouch has meant much mainly as a role model of how a person can stay true to himself/herself while the world could have gone way to his head so many times. I mean, who would stay firmly planted to the ground with a carreer including works with superstars like Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder? (Perhaps some of the greatest soul/R&B-stars ever?) Yet Andraé didn’t seem to bend-stretch his own beliefs and artistic integrity much over the years, but remained rest-assured to the release of his own type of gospel music.
His musicality hasn’t thus been the very source of inspiration in my case, but of course the comprehensiveness of his works are undeniably of great importance for the pop industry of the decades around 1980s and as a whole (for example he’s worked with recognised giants such as the drummer/percussionist/producer Bill Maxwell in some of the most famous studios of Hollywood in the 1970s and 1980s apart from the already mentioned/linked to collaborations above). My point is that his life has possibly given a louder resonance than his own musical carreer, and that is in my point of view somehow even more remarkable. So correct me if I’m barking up the wrong tree ’bout his talents, but I’m still going to be impressed by the man who stayed true to himself “All the way”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tG1Zi_9nihQ
For more on Andraé Crouch’s life and music simply search on google/You Tube/Spotify! There’ll be plenty for many to indulge in ’cause whether you admire his gospel music or not, Andrae had more than one string to his bow and his life will resonance in more than one accord. (For goodness’ sake, just look at his 70’s-slick-aspiring-LA-style!;)