Andraé Edward Crouch, 1 July 1942, Los Angeles, California, USA. Crouchs 70s legacy is one of the richest in the gospel genre, yet he has never appealed to the musics purists. The conservative elements in gospel music have seen his incorporation of rock n roll showmanship and riffs as inappropriate at best, and blasphemy at worst. A gifted singer, songwriter and keyboard player, Crouch undertook a traditional apprenticeship by playing piano and singing in church. Later he formed COGICS (Church Of God In Christ Singers) in the early 60s with twin sister Sandra, Blinky Williams, Gloria Jones, Frankie Spring, Edna Wright and Billy Preston. Together they recorded one album for Vee-Jay Records and won numerous awards and competitions throughout California.
While members of that group moved on to successful solo careers, Crouch concentrated on launching the Disciples in 1965. Although only a few albums emerged, the...