Memorial services for the late gospel singer Andrae Crouch are scheduled to begin with a viewing, Jan. 20, at New Christ Memorial Church, a tribute later that evening, and another viewing, Wednesday, Jan. 21, according to reports.
The famed singer and songwriter died Jan. 8, after suffering a heart attack.
The services will take place in San Fernando, Calif. where Crouch served as senior co-pastor of the church.
“In lieu of flowers, please send tax-deductible donations to: Andrae Crouch Memorial Fund,” the church’s website stated.
Crouch was known for bridging the gap between gospel and mainstream music, leading the choirs that sang on songs such as Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror and Madonna’s Like a Prayer.
In addition, his well-known gospel songs “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power, “My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)” and “I’ll Be Thinking of You” had been recorded by several prominent artists, including Elvis Presley and Paul Simon.
Crouch reportedly battled cancer, diabetes and congestive heart failure in the years leading up to his death, and had been admitted into Northridge Hospital Medical Center after suffering a heart attack Jan. 3.
“My twin brother, womb-mate and best friend went home to be with the Lord,” said Crouch’s twin sister and co-pastor at the church, Sandra Crouch. “I tried to keep him here but God loved him best.”
>In addition, President Barack Obama released the following statement regarding Crouch’s passing:
“Michelle and I were saddened to learn of the passing of music legend Pastor Andrae Crouch. Pastor Crouch grew up the son of a minister in California and discovered at a young age that he was blessed with extraordinary musical talent which would lead to an iconic career that spanned over 50 years. As a leading pioneer of contemporary gospel music, the soulful classics that Pastor Crouch created over the years have uplifted the hearts and minds of several generations and his timeless influence continues to be felt in not only gospel but a variety of music genres. We are grateful that his music and spirit will continue to live on for years to come and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and fans during this time.”
Pastor T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House also said, “A musical genius has left us. He will always be remembered by the gifts he left amongst us.”
Visit http://newchristmemorial.org/ for additional information regarding the services,.