The seven-time Grammy winner and gospel music legend, died yesterday at a Los Angeles-area hospital, his publicist said on his website.
Crouch a legendary gospel performer, songwriter and choir director was 72 and had been hospitalized at Northridge Hospital Medical Centre since Saturday according to media reports.
He began his music journey in his dad’s California church and later formed his music group there which grew into a mega project and later had a career spanning for over a half a century.
Often called “the father of modern gospel music,” Crouch inspired so many local and international singers and producers across the globe. Although he was well-known for his gospel work with his choir, The Disciples, he also produced and arranged songs for pop artists such as Michael Jackson and other secular artists.
Known for songs like ‘My Tribute’, ‘The blood will never lose Its Power and ‘soon and very soon’, Crouch revolutionized gospel music in the 1970s, giving it a power and verve that propelled him out of the church and into the mainstream industry.
Often called “the father of modern gospel music,” Crouch was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 1998 and his songs have been covered by artists as varied as Bob Dylan, Elton John, Barbara Mandrell, Paul Simon, Elvis Presley, Little Richard and directed the choirs that sang on Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” and Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.”
Crouch and his sister, Sandra Crouch, lived in the Pacoima area of Los Angeles where they were pastors at the New Christ Memorial Church in the Los Angeles suburb of San Fernando. May his Soul Rest In Peace!