- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 8, 2015

Andrae Crouch, a gospel pioneer who brought church music into the mainstream, has died in California after suffering a recent heart attack, according to USA Today. He was 72.

Mr. Crouch, a native of San Francisco, started in gospel music at an early age. Some of his more notable songs include “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power” and “My Tribute (To God Be the Glory).” 

Perhaps most famously, Mr. Crouch led the choirs that sang on pop hits “Like a Prayer” for Madonna and “Man in the Mirror” for Michael Jackson. His song “Soon and Very Soon” was performed at Jackson’s Los Angeles memorial service in 2009.

Artists such as Elvis Presley and Paul Simon covered his songs. Mr. Crouch won seven Grammys and received an Oscar nod for his work on the soundtrack of Steven Spielberg’s 1985 film “The Color Purple.” 

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