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Andraé Crouch Dies
GRAMMY-winning gospel artist Andraé Crouch died Jan. 8 after suffering a heart attack. He was 72. California native Crouch was noted for combining classic gospel music elements with pop songwriting techniques and production. In the '60s he formed his first gospel group, Andrae Crouch & The Disciples, with whom he released albums such as This Is Another Day, which earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Gospel Performance for 1976. Crouch earned seven GRAMMYs throughout his career, including Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for 1994's Mercy. His songs have been recorded by artists such as Elvis Presley and Paul Simon, and he served as the vocal arranger for recording sessions with Michael Jackson, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Madonna, Diana Ross, and Ringo Starr, among others. In 2005 Crouch was among the honorees at The Recording Academy's inaugural GRAMMY Salute To Gospel Music. His most recent studio album, The Journey, was released in 2011 and peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's Gospel Albums chart.