Andrae Crouch, a legendary gospel performer, songwriter and choir director whose work graced songs by Michael Jackson and Madonna and movies such as “The Lion King,” has died. He was 72.
His publicist says Crouch died Thursday at a hospital in Los Angeles, where he was admitted Saturday after suffering a heart attack.
In a career that spanned more than half a century, Crouch wrote dozens of songs, including gospel favorites such as “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power” and “Soon and Very Soon,” which was sung at a public memorial to Jackson.
He helped pioneer the “Jesus Music” movement in the late 1960s and ’70s that started the spread of contemporary Christian music.
But his influence also was felt in pop music. Elvis Presley and Paul Simon performed his songs. He helped arrange the Jackson song “Man in the Mirror,” and his arrangement for the film “The Color Purple” earned an Oscar nomination.
Legendary Grammy-winning gospel artist Andrae Crouch died Thursday, his representative confirmed to the Los Angeles Times. He was 72.
Crouch, a Los Angeles native, died about 4:30 p.m. at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles from complications after having a heart attack on Saturday, according to Brian Mayes.
Crouch‘s “Let the Church Say Amen” Celebration Tour was postponed last month due to illness.
Crouch, an award-winning singer and composer, also worked as a producer and arranger for such artists as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Elton John and Diana Ross.
Crouch won five Grammys, had a Gold Record for “Jesus Is the Answer,” was the Soul Gospel Artist for Billboard Magazine in 1975 and 1977 and won a Dove Award in 1978.
Crouch is survived by his twin sister, Sandra Couch.
A complete obituary will follow at latimes.com/obits.
SOURCE: L.A. Times – Ryan Parker