Grammy-winning gospel legend Andraé Crouch is facing some “serious health challenges.”
The 71-year-old’s twin sister Sandra Crouch has reached out to family, friends and fans of the iconic singer/songwriter soliciting prayers for her brother.
Andraé, who is the Senior Pastor at Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ in Pacoima, Calif., was hospitalized recently and was just released last week.
The correspondence from Sandra read: “Our dear Father in the gospel, Pastor Andraé Crouch, is facing some serious health challenges and was just released from the hospital last week. His music has encouraged us, helped many make a decision to give their lives to the Lord, opened doors that allowed countless artists to have careers in the gospel music industry and brought a spirit of praise and worship into millions of churches across the world regardless of denomination or race. He was there for us and now we need to be there for him with our prayers.”
Sandra is requesting people submit “words of encouragement” and “testimonials” that they plan to share with Andraé in an effort to “speak life to his spirit.”
“Although we will never be able to tell him all he has meant to the body of Christ we can try,” she explained.
Over the next 48 hours starting on Wednesday June 11, they will be accepting those correspondences via firstname.lastname@example.org.
AlwaysAList.com was able to experience Andraé perform a mini concert recently as part of his friend, new artist Stephen B. Steward’s concert at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif. Andre performed several of his classics on the benefit show that was headlined by Jonathan Butler.
Back in 2013, Andraé was hospitalized after his Diabetes caused him to get overheated while taking a shower.
The San Francisco-bred minister has also battled four different forms of cancer and congestive heart failure over the years.
The first living gospel artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Andraé is best known for countless gospel anthems like ‘Let The Church Say Amen,’ ‘Can’t Nobody Do Me Like Jesus,’ ‘Jesus Is the Answer,’ ‘Soon And Very Soon,’ ‘I’ll Be Thinking of You,’ ‘My Tribute (To God Be The Glory),’ ‘The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power’ and ‘Through It All.’
In addition to penning songs for both “The Color Purple” and “The Lion King,” Andraé has also recorded music with Madonna, Paul Simon, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Barbara Mandrell and Elton John, among others.
Most notably, Andraé sang background with his singers on several Michael Jackson hits including ‘Man in the Mirror,’ ‘Will You Be There’ and ‘Earth Song.’