Andrae Crouch’s music has been a huge influence on my life. So when I heard of his passing, I cleared my schedule, found the online links and took in the 4+ hour Celebration Concert on Jan 20, 2015 and the 4+ hour Andrae Crouch Celebration Of Life Service on Jan 21.
The line-up of musicians who came to honor him was incredible: The Winans family, Israel Houghton, members of the Hawkins family, Stevie Wonder, Kim Burrell, The Clark Sisters, Fred Hammond, Shirley Caesar and many other incredible singers and musicians from around the world. It was the ‘Who’s Who’ of gospel music.
Here are a few of my favorite moments:
Pastor Smokie Norful singing “My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)” .. this brought the house down… then it was followed by a ‘Praise Break’
Then Fred Hammond had to follow that… He did an incredible job!
Another musical highlight was Kim Burrell.. incredible..
And then there was Kristle Murden, Stevie Wonder, and Yolanda Adams performing, “I’ll Be Thinking Of You”
Then Shirley Caesar came up and brought the house down! ~ “Can’t Nobody Do Me Like Jesus”
I had forgotten about “We Are Not Ashamed” until CeCe Winans came up.. wow..
There were so many musical highlights and great testimonies and tributes.. there was over 8 hours of viewing… but one of the most touching tributes was from Andrea’s twin sister, Sandra Crouch.
To God be the glory!
For those who would like to see more: check out this link