Andrae Crouch remembered as Christian music pioneer

Meredith Flynn —  January 9, 2015

NEWS | Andrae Crouch wrote songs so familiar now that most people probably have no idea where they originated. “My Tribute (To God Be the Glory),” “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,” “Jesus Is The Answer,” and “Soon and Very Soon,” to name just a few.

Crouch, 72, died yesterday after a heart attack January 3.

“Crouch was an innovator, a path-finder, a precursor in an industry noted for its conservative, often derivative approach to popular music,” wrote former Billboard editor Robert Darden in a tribute on

“He combined gospel and rock, flavored it with jazz and calypso as the mood struck him and the song called for it, and is even one of the founders of what is now called ‘praise and worship’ music. He took risks with his art and was very, very funky when he wanted to be.”

Those qualities are on display in this 2012 video of “The Blood,” performed by Crouch and a whole host of gospel music stars.

Meredith Flynn


Meredith is managing editor of the Illinois Baptist newspaper.