Celebrating Black History Month with Family Christian
February is the month during which many Americans celebrate the achievements and contributions of African Americans to the history, and current fabric of our country. It would take longer than the number of days in this month, or even in 20 years, to tell of all of the notable persons of our history. Thanks to my partnership with Family Christian, I have selected 2 incredible, educational topics to highlight. This week, I am honoring Pastor Andraé Crouch.
Who was Andraé Crouch?
He was not just a pastor, musician, composer, singer, arranger, or producer. He was an innovator, a genius. Crouch didn’t just sell music to church artists, but he was well-respected, and sought after throughout the entertainment industry. He earned 9 Grammy Awards, an Oscar nomination, 6 GMA Dove Awards, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ Inaugural Salute to Gospel Music Lifetime Achievement Award, was inducted into the GMA Hall of Fame, and given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Defying Color & Culture
If you aren’t familiar with Christian music, then you may not fully understand the significance of his accomplishments. Church music often brought comfort and inspiration to church members, but it did not always reach outside of the faith community. Andraé Crouch created songs that connected people of all backgrounds. This isn’t uncommon in 2015; however, in the 1970’s, when America was still trying to figure out how to operate after the major movements of the Civil Rights era of the 1960’s, not all Christians worshiped together. Crouch’s music, and his willingness to share genuine love, completely changed the face of Christian music. “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power”, “Through It All”, “Bless His Holy Name”, “Soon and Very Soon”, “Jesus is the Answer”, and “My Tribute” are just a few of the songs that made their way into congregations and homes of all colors around the world. Many of his most popular tunes were covered by artists from Elvis Presley and Paul Simon, to Bill Gaither. His talent was heard on such incredible projects as the Lion King, and the Color Purple. He was also invited to work with, and minister to, everyone from Michael Jackson and Michael W. Smith, to Stevie Wonder and Take 6. You name the popular or historic artist, and you will more than likely find that they were influenced by Andraé Crouch. You name the ethnicity, and you more than likely would find them singing along to his songs in the audience.
If I had to introduce the essence of Andraé Crouch to someone, and could only pick a handful of selections from his extensive discography, I would suggest the following releases:
Visit your local Family Christian store, or online, to find these, and other products by Andraé Crouch.
The following footage came from 2 of my favorite appearances by Pastor Crouch. In the first, he boldly took the Grammy Awards stage, and without condemnation or preaching, simply proclaimed that Jesus is Lord. The 2nd was a recent moment with Bill Gaither.
Andraé Crouch used the universal languages of love and music to bring many races together, not only in the Christian music community, but around the world.
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