Andraé Crouch is a seven-time Grammy Award-winning American gospel singer, songwriter, arranger, recording artist, record producer, and pastor.
Born Andraé Edward Crouch in San Francisco, California.
Andrae's parents managed a dry cleaners. His father, Benjamin Crouch, also had a street ministry, and ministered in hospitals and in prison. Andrae 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 Andrae's father to become the pastor. That first Sunday, Andrae's father asked him to come up front. He said, "Andrae, if God gave you the gift of music to play and sing for him would you do it for his glory all your life?" Andrae 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." Andrae 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.
Crouch's first group was the Church of God in Christ Singers in 1960, which included Billy Preston. The COGICS were the first group to record the song "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power."