When one hears that gospel great Andraé Crouch has died as the result of a heart attack at the age of 72, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, one immediately goes to YouTube to begin soaking up the Andraé Crouch songs that were the background music of their youth. Of course, the most famous Andraé Crouch song that this reporter still sings to herself all these years later, harkening back to my days as an elementary school student at St. Edmund’s Parochial School wherein we sang the song in the 1970s, is “Soon and Very Soon,” as seen in this YouTube video of Crouch. Watching videos of Andraé’s songs helps fans around the world remember the humongous contribution that Crouch brought to the Christian Gospel scene, specifically by marrying so-called secular sounds with church music.
As such, information about the funeral plans for Andraé Crouch are of interest, with the Alabama Media Group reporting that funeral plans for Crouch are pending, per a statement released from Sandra Crouch, sister of and co-pastor with Andraé Crouch at New Christ Memorial, which is one place to check for any announcements about the funeral – or “home-going” services.
Update: The Andraé Crouch Facebook page has posted more information about the funeral, which has a viewing and tribute concert on January 20, with a “Celebration Service” on January 21, both at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ, so check the church’s website as well to see if their Westa.TV “live service” link streams any of the Crouch tributes.
The Andraé Crouch Facebook page is another great place to check for updates, because the official family statement posted to the page notes that details about the funeral service and celebration tribute to Crouch’s life are on the way, as stated by Pastor Sandra Crouch.
“Today my twin brother, womb-mate and best friend went home to be with the Lord. Please keep me, my family and our church family in your prayers. I tried to keep him here but God loved him best. Details of Andraé’s Celebration Service and Tribute will be forthcoming.”
Even President Obama and First Lady Michelle released a statement about the death of Crouch, calling him a leading pioneer of gospel music, according to Broadway World.
As reported by the Inquisitr, fans of Andraé Crouch took to Twitter to share their thoughts about the passing of music great, and also noted that funeral arrangements and memorials aren’t known at this time.
In the same way that gospel music followers and the public at large watched Whitney Houston’s moving tribute and funeral online, as well as the funeral of Walter Hawkins, no doubt in due time, the funeral plans for Andraé Crouch may announce that his service, too, could stream online – helping fans say “no more crying there, we are going to see the King.”
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