CROUCH, Andraé Edward. b. San Francisco, California, 1 July 1942; d. Los Angeles, California, 8 January 2015. Andraé Crouch began performing as a teenager in his church, directed a choir at a Teen Challenge drug rehabilitation center, and in 1960 formed a singing group, the COGICS, for his Church of God in Christ denomination (Holiness/Pentecostal). He studied at the L.I.F.E. Bible College and Valley Junior College in Los Angeles where in 1965 he founded the ‘Andraé Crouch and the Disciples’ ensemble whose concerts, TV appearances, and recordings helped establish a worldwide audience and market. Crouch and his ensemble were among the first black church musicians to gain a wide evangelical...
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