Today we celebrate Pastor Andre Crouch 70th Birthday…He has pave the wave for many artist both gospel and secular..Check out Pastor Crouch’ Bio
Born Andraé Edward Crouch in San Francisco, California, where his parents managed a dry cleaners. His father, Benjamin Crouch, also had a street ministry, and ministered in hospitals and in prison. Crouch was eleven years old when his father was invited to preach at a small church in a farming community. The church didn’t have a pastor so the bishop invited Crouch’s father to become the pastor. That first Sunday, Crouch’s father asked him to come up front. He said, “Andraé, if God gave you the gift of music to play and sing for him would you do it for his glory all your life?” Crouch said, “Yeah daddy.” A couple of weeks later, his father asked him to come up as the congregation was singing. He said, “If you’re gonna play, play.” Crouch found the key, and started to play the piano. As he got a little older, he started to write songs, and lead a choir. Until he was fourteen, he had a stuttering problem—so he let his sister talk for him in public.
While attending Valley Junior College in California for a career in teaching, he was called to the ministry and formed The Disciples in 1965, along with Perry Morgan, and Bili Thedford. The group became a frequent attraction at “Monday Night Sing” concerts in southern California put on by promoter Audrey Mieir. Mieir would introduce Crouch to Tim Spencer of Manna Music Publishing who would be the first to publish one of his songs (“The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power” which was written by Crouch at age 15 but tossed in the trash because he thought it poor.
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