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Hundreds of people, including several celebrities, packed West Angeles Church of God In Christ Tuesday for an evening filled with music in celebration of the life of Andrae Crouch.

The seven-time Grammy award-winning gospel singer, songwriter and choir director died at Northridge Hospital Medical Center on Jan. 7 at the age of 72.

Reverend Jesse Jackson attended the ceremony. He says Crouch was the father of modern gospel music.

Crouch worked with numerous artists during a career that spanned more than 50 years.

He helped Michael Jackson arrange the hit single “Man In The Mirror,” and his choir sang backgrounds for Madonna’s “Like A Prayer.”

He also arranged music for two acclaimed films, “The Color Purple” and Disney’s “The Lion King.”

Recording artists Marvin and Bebe Winans say his work was inspiring.

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