How can you possibly summarize the life of one of gospel music’s most prolific and influential artists? On January 8th multiple Grammy Award winning gospel legend Andrae Crouch went to sing for the Lord. You may not even realize it but it is more likely than not that you’ve heard…and maybe even know his music more than you think. Not only was he instrumental in gospel music, but he also collaborated and produced in the secular arena with other legends like Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Quincy Jones and more. I could go on and on, but won’t. Instead I want to share one story that impacted me in ways I never would have imagined. There is also a set here from one of his performances in 2010 that I had the pleasure of attending.
At the NAMM show in 2013, I had the good fortune to cross paths with Andrae and his twin sister Sandra. I had the opportunity to chat with Sandra and a few others for a while when Andrae was connecting with others. After a bit I spent some time with Andrae in the middle of the isle one one of the busiest days of the show. Keep in mind, the NAMM show that year had nearly 100k attendees! After talking a bit with this man who had a charisma about him that was unmistakable, he shared with me some of the challenges he was facing. He made me feel like we were lifelong friends and I remember that moment like we were. At that moment there was a distinct and clear call to me that I needed to pray with Mr. Crouch. As I entered those minutes of prayer as I crouched next to him and he held my arm, it was as if God just surrounded us. His words flowed and the busy show floor just disappeared. I have no real idea how long we sat there praying but I can tell you as I lifted my head and began to focus again on what was around me it just didn’t matter. About that time, Andrae, Sandra and the rest of those great people had to go for other commitments, but Andrae took the time to let me get a picture. (see above) Now that might sound normal but at this time he was having a bit of trouble with facial muscles and he kind of laughed about it as we time his smile to the shutter click. We exchanged goodbyes, shook hands and went our own way.
What I realize now that I did not then was the empowerment this encounter gave me. I found then and even more so now that there is no time like the present to praise God and share his name with others. Folks, the NAMM show can be a dark place, with God being the last thing people are thinking about. But that Light that shined so brightly in that moment was real power. Confidence. Empowerment. Thank you Andrae for that slice of your time. I will forever be grateful. Until we meet again.
Soon and Very Soon.
We are going to see the King,
We are going to see the King.