Music in general, but gospel music in particular, lost a pioneer on January 8, 2015.
Andrae Crouch was vitally instrumental in bringing gospel music out of the churches and into the streets. His album, Live at Carnegie Hall, was the second "Contemporary Christian" recording I ever owned. He proved that music by people of faith wasn't inferior in quality or secondary in significance.
Crouch brought Gospel to the masses and the masses to the Gospel. He was musical arranger for the films The Color Purple and The Lion King, had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and won seven Grammys.
But it was never about Andrae Crouch as an entertainer or personality or celebrity. It was always about the music and the message that the music conveyed.
One of his biggest "hits", if you can call it such a thing, was also one of his simplest compositions...proclaiming the simplicity of Jesus being the answer for every issue faced by any individual throughout the world.
Truth is...Jesus Is the Answer is an old song, but the message is 100% fresh and current. Thank you, Andrae.