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September 24, 1995 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a hand-clapping, rollicking Pentecostal service, gospel singer-musician Andrae Crouch was officially installed Saturday as pastor of Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ--a career decision some say will boost this low-income community and its church life. The seven-time Grammy winner entered the blue-carpeted sanctuary at the start of the service to the strains of "To God Be the Glory."
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July 7, 2006 | Matt Curry, Associated Press
As Andrae Crouch remembers it, the crowd was roaring -- until they actually saw the band. Enthusiasm waned because many in the 1970s audience were startled to see something they apparently didn't know about Christian recording artists Andrae Crouch and the Disciples: They're black. "It was like turning the stove on from burning hot, scorching hot, to low," Crouch said, laughing. "It would be like, from cayenne pepper to bubble gum."
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February 11, 1989 | MIKE BOEHM, Times Staff Writer
Although Andrae Crouch's musical mission is to do the Lord's work, that hasn't precluded him from helping the lords of the pop charts do their work too. The veteran gospel-pop singer and his group brought the power of the pulpit to Michael Jackson's hit "Man in the Mirror" (the stirring gospel choir heard on the song, which is a Grammy nominee for Record of the Year, also includes the Winans, another notable pop-gospel act).
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November 7, 1998 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Singer-composer-pastor Andrae Crouch has been getting more recognition lately. In March, the multi-Grammy winner was inducted into the Gospel Music Assn.'s Hall of Fame in Nashville. And this month in Detroit a new Gospel Music Hall of Fame featuring black artists will honor Crouch, who has been making albums since 1971.
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July 7, 2006 | Matt Curry, Associated Press
As Andrae Crouch remembers it, the crowd was roaring -- until they actually saw the band. Enthusiasm waned because many in the 1970s audience were startled to see something they apparently didn't know about Christian recording artists Andrae Crouch and the Disciples: They're black. "It was like turning the stove on from burning hot, scorching hot, to low," Crouch said, laughing. "It would be like, from cayenne pepper to bubble gum."
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September 21, 1995 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It would seem perfectly natural for a gospel singer to follow in the footsteps of his father and older brother as pastors in the family church. But it wasn't only a sense of duty that moved seven-time Grammy winner Andrae Crouch to accept the position of senior pastor at the Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ in Pacoima. It was also a fear that, as a globe-trotting gospel music superstar, the 45-year-old singer had cut himself off from his oldest friends.
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September 24, 1994 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If Andrae Crouch were a secular rather than a gospel artist, he'd almost surely be a household name. With a list of awards, credits and achievements to rival even the biggest artists in pop music, Crouch has enjoyed a productive, high-profile career, particularly for a performer in his chosen genre.
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February 17, 1991 | ELAINE WOO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Andrae Crouch shared a reminiscence. Stevie Wonder sang one of his songs. Politicians heaped him with praise. And about 4,000 other friends and admirers danced and swayed in the aisles as the voices of 500 choir members resounded across the ornate auditorium. For the Rev. James Cleveland, the acclaimed king of gospel music, it was a fitting final tribute. Cleveland, 59, the first gospel singer to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, died Feb.
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September 21, 1995 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It would seem perfectly natural for a gospel singer to follow in the footsteps of his father and older brother as pastors in the family church. But it wasn't only a sense of duty that moved seven-time Grammy winner Andrae Crouch to accept the position of senior pastor at the Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ in Pacoima. It was also a fear that, as a globe-trotting gospel music superstar, the 45-year-old singer had cut himself off from his oldest friends. "After so many years of traveling, I would come home and not know anybody," Crouch says in a gravely voice during an interview in his homey church office.
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July 25, 1998 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Openly defying his denomination's policy against women pastors, singer-minister Andrae Crouch will ordain his twin sister Aug. 1 as co-pastor of his church. "God told me to do it, regardless of who doesn't like it," said Crouch, who combines his careers as a minister and a popular gospel singer, composer and pianist, for which he has won nine Grammy Awards.
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October 24, 1998 | JOHN DART
Singer-composer-pastor Andrae Crouch is getting more recognition lately. In March, the multiple Grammy winner was inducted into the Gospel Music Assn.'s Hall of Fame in Nashville. And next month in Detroit, a new Gospel Music Hall of Fame will honor the musician who has been making albums since 1971. But a slimmed-down Crouch is also being recognized more by admirers in public.
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July 26, 1998 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Openly defying his denomination's policy against women pastors, singer-minister Andrae Crouch says he will ordain his twin sister Saturday as co-pastor of his Pacoima church. "God told me to do it, regardless of who doesn't like it," said Crouch, who combines careers as a minister and a popular gospel singer, composer and pianist, for which he has won nine Grammy awards.
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July 25, 1998 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Openly defying his denomination's policy against women pastors, singer-minister Andrae Crouch will ordain his twin sister Aug. 1 as co-pastor of his church. "God told me to do it, regardless of who doesn't like it," said Crouch, who combines his careers as a minister and a popular gospel singer, composer and pianist, for which he has won nine Grammy Awards.
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October 2, 1997 | CONNIE JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's been observed that Sunday morning is the most segregated time of the week. That's why the multiracial makeup of the crowd that turned out on Tuesday for a gospel fund-raising concert at the Shrine Auditorium was all the more noteworthy. Churchgoers may not typically worship alongside those of other races, but Christian music is so inviting that it can unite people who would otherwise remain worlds apart. For a few hours at least.
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March 25, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Although the Rev. Andrae Crouch was not nominated for a Grammy this year, the Pacoima-bred gospel artist and pastor of Christ Memorial Church came up a winner anyway. In February, "Tribute--The Songs of Andrae Crouch," an album recorded by a collection of artists, took the Grammy for best pop/contemporary gospel album at the awards ceremony in New York.
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May 11, 1996 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When singer-composer Andrae Crouch took over the pulpit a year ago of a congregation left pastor-less by the successive deaths of his father and brother, the Grammy-winning musician found his life changed in ways he had not anticipated: * Members of Christ Memorial Church in Pacoima immediately began asking him questions about everything and expecting answers. The winner of seven Grammys for gospel records said his first reaction was: "Why you asking me that?"
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July 26, 1998 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Openly defying his denomination's policy against women pastors, singer-minister Andrae Crouch says he will ordain his twin sister Saturday as co-pastor of his Pacoima church. "God told me to do it, regardless of who doesn't like it," said Crouch, who combines careers as a minister and a popular gospel singer, composer and pianist, for which he has won nine Grammy awards.
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September 28, 1996 | DARRELL SATZMAN
The Rev. Andrae Crouch gratefully accepted more than 50 tons of food to be distributed to needy Valley residents Friday during an emotional ceremony that kicked off a two-day community festival at Christ Memorial Church. Five huge trucks were needed to deliver the food, which was donated by Feed the Children, a national food-distribution network.
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May 11, 1996 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When singer-composer Andrae Crouch took over the pulpit a year ago of a congregation left pastor-less by the successive deaths of his father and brother, the Grammy-winning musician found his life changed in ways he had not anticipated: * Members of Christ Memorial Church in Pacoima immediately began asking him questions about everything and expecting answers. The winner of seven Grammys for gospel records said his first reaction was: "Why you asking me that?"
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