GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame Inductee and Dove Award-winner, Andraé Crouch has passed away at the age of 72. The gospel music community mourns this great loss and remembers the legacy of one of its trailblazers.
At the age of just 14 Crouch wrote his first song which would eventually lead to him penning such classic hymns as Soon and Very Soon, Through It All, Take Me Back and The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power. Crouch’s ministry continues to impact thousands of lives through his songs and recorded music.
Crouch was first recognized by his peers with a Dove Award in 1977 for the album, This is Another Day. He was also celebrated through his induction into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1998.
“The Gospel Music Association acknowledges Andraé as one of our musical icons that will forever be remembered as a trailblazer and bridge builder. The world has benefited from his God-given talent and the many groundbreaking songs that have inspired generations. We pay tribute to Andraé Crouch, one of our GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductees, celebrate his great legacy and offer our prayers and condolences to his family at this solemn time.” says Jackie Patillo, Executive Director of the Gospel Music Association.
Crouch left an indelible mark on the industry and many of today’s artists, songwriters, pastors and worship leaders. With the news of his passing, several of those influenced by Crouch’s music shared their memories and mourning on social media:
Jamie Grace: “my stomach literally hurts… love when Andraé Crouch shuffles on my iTunes and have been singing this song since I was a little girl. so sad to hear about his passing. will be praying for his family and friends. #soonandverysoon.”
Kay Warren: “Andrae Crouch touched my soul from the first moment I heard him sing – will never forget. Hope I can sing next to him in Heaven’s choir”
Yolanda Adams: “It is with heavy hearts that we send our prayers and love to SAUNDRA and the CROUCH family on the passing of Our Dear Pastor Andrae’ Crouch!! He was an encourager, an uplifter and an ICON!! He will be dearly missed because he was dearly ADORED!!”
Erica Campbell (MaryMary): “My heart is soo heavy i Love you Pastor Andrae Crouch. #RiP#ToGodbetheGlory pray for the family and the church..Christ Memorial Church Of God In Christ”
James Fortune: “My heart is saddened by the sudden passing of Gospel Legend and icon Andrae Crouch. I was so blessed to release a remake of his hit song “The Blood” which was led by @cardikee He will be missed but never forgotten. Thank you for paving the way! Rest in Paradise!!!”
CCLI’s Howard Rachinski: “My friend for 44 years – my encourager and my fellow warrior – caught a glimpse of heaven and couldn’t stay here any longer. I’m sure the Heavenly Host gave him a standing ovation as “My Tribute – To God Be The Glory” filled the air. Andrae touched my heart and I know will see him again.”
Reba Rambo McGuire: “His pen was dipped in heaven…his fingers dripped with passion and his voice had the haunting, familiar sound of home. He wrote the songs that expressed the longings of our hearts. 40 years ago he helped me find my voice. I will miss my mentor and friend.”
*Note: Reba won a Grammy award in 1980 for Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational alongside Andrae’ Crouch, Cynthia Clawson, BJ Thomas, Tramaine Hawkins, Walter Hawkins, The Archers and her husband Dony McGuire.