US President Barack Obama led tributes to Pastor Andrae Crouch, touted as the “father of modern gospel music” by his peers, after he passed away this week.
In his White House statement, the President described the pastor as a music legend with humble roots, who proceeded to make history using his God-given talents, leading to a career that spanned five decades.
“As a leading pioneer of contemporary gospel music, the soulful classics that Pastor Crouch created over the years have uplifted the hearts and minds of several generations and his timeless influence continues to be felt in not only gospel but a variety of music genres. We are grateful that his music and spirit will continue to live on for years to come and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and fans during this time,” he said.
The 72-year-old, who was inducted in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, is credited for revolutionizing gospel music with the introduction of contemporary influences to the genre.
Crouch died at the Northridge Hospital Medical Center on Thursday after being admitted on January 3. According to AL.com, he had suffered a heart attack.
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SOURCE: Christian Today