A two-day memorial service was held on Tuesday and Wednesday to honor the life and legacy of gospel legend Andrae Crouch. A “Who’s Who” roster of gospel greats converged at West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles to attend and participate in his homegoing.
Both services were open to the public. Cable network BET streamed the services live at BET.com/andraecrouchfuneral.
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Dr. Bobby Jones, Kirk Franklin, CeCe Winans, BeBe Winans, Shirley Ceasar, Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond, Hezekiah Walker, Ledisi, Bryan Duncan, Yolanda Adams, Kurt Carr, Donald Lawrence, Karen Clark-Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Kim Burrell, Byron Cage, Edwin Hawkins, Lynette Hawkins-Stephens, David and Nicole Binion, Erica Campbell, Smokey Norful, Richard Smallwood, Israel Houghton, Tata Vega were among those attending and performing at the services.
Bishop Kenneth Ulmer of Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood officiated the funeral, and gospel recording artist and Pastor Marvin Winans gave the eulogy.
Crouch was a 7-time Grammy Award winner and the winner of 6 GMA Dove Awards, an Academy Award nominee for "The Color Purple," and a Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His songs have been recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley to Paul Simon, and he worked as a producer and arranger with many of music’s top artists, including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Elton John and many others. Andraé can also be heard on Michael Jackson's hit singles "Man in the Mirror," "Keep the Faith,” "Will You Be There" and “Earth Song.”
Crouch’s own gospel hits include "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,” "Through It All," "Bless His Holy Name,” "Soon and Very Soon," "Jesus is the Answer," and "My Tribute." In the 90’s, Crouch and twin sister Sandra took over their parents’ church, Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ, in Pacoima after they died.
On the day Crouch passed away, Sandra wrote: “Today my twin brother, womb-mate and best friend went home to be with the Lord. Please keep me, my family and our church family in your prayers. I tried to keep him here but God loved him best."
Christian recording artist Michael W. Smith told Billboard Magazine, "...I'll never forget hearing Andraé for the first time. It was like someone had opened a whole new world of possibilities for me musically. I don't think there is anyone who inspired me more, growing up, than Andraé Crouch. The depth of his influence on Christian music is incalculable. We all owe him so much and I'll forever be grateful for the times we got to work together."
Crouch died on January 8 from a heart attack at the age of 72.