Gospel Artist Andrae Crouch on Influences, Journey

The name Andrae´ Crouch has a long musical history behind it. It may be familiar to those influenced by the '70s “Jesus Movement” or those who grew up loving Christian music with a contemporary sound. Either way, this Christian music heavyweight is ready to share his journey with today’s audience.

The son of a pastor and now a pastor himself, Crouch at 69 years old shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to sharing the Gospel through music.

Credited as one of the pioneers of Contemporary Christian Music, which arose from the Jesus Music Movement, Crouch has been helping to change hearts for over 45 years.

Continuing his ministry, the Grammy winner has released his 10th solo album, Journey, a perfect Christmas gift for any music lover.

“The message is that I was reminding myself and informing others of the fact that God has always been good to me. No matter what you're going through, God is always with us. Life is a journey,” Crouch told BREATHEcast.

Throughout Crouch's journey he has influenced many artists, secular and Christian alike, such as Elvis Presley who recorded renditions of Crouch’s music.

Not only has he had an impact on artists but the artistry of Christian music, helping to revolutionize the urban gospel sound.

Many fans and artists have flocked to Crouch’s music because of its unique blend.

With a sound that involves elements of tradition of black gospel, including blues and jazz, Crouch was also one of the first to blend an R&B sound with gospel music, attracting people who would not usually listen to Christian music.

With such an uncommon sound, many have wondered over the years who influenced him.

“I was not influenced by any artists," he said.