His last studio release before his passing, reviewers and listeners have been giving this album extremely high praise… “Ear candy”, “A Must BUY!”, “The Best Ever”, are just a few of the rave reviews garnered for this album since its release.
For the long time fans of Andrae, this will be a welcome release. A full length, original album, with lots of unique music and innovate stylings. It surely won’t disappoint.
It also makes a great introductory peice if you are not familiar with Andrae’s work.
Andraé Edward Crouch is an award-winning gospel musician, recording artist, songwriter, arranger, and producer. Born July 1, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, he was a key figure in the Christian Music movement of the 1960s and 1970s.
His religious songs have been performed by Elvis Presley, Paul Simon, and church choirs and other musical groups around the world. He has won eight GRAMMY® awards, six GMA Dove awards and received an Oscar nomination. Crouch was inducted into the Gospel Music Association’s Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1998.
His recordings range from reverent hymns, to the traditional gospel music pioneered by Thomas A. Dorsey, to contemporary light rock and pop-oriented songs backed by jazz musicians, to African/world-music influences.
Called the “the father of the modern gospel,” because he more than anyone expanded gospel music to include elements of R&B and modern popular styles during the 70s and 80s, Crouch had his early musical formation in his parents’ church in southern California. He was often told the story about how his piano-playing was literally God-given when he was a child.
His first musical group was the COGICS (Church of God in Christ Singers), which he formed when he was in high school and which featured vocalist Billy Preston. Preston later played organ for the Beatles, Eric Clapton, and many other mainstream and gospel artists before launching a successful solo career. The COGICS were the first to record “The Blood Will Never Lose It’s Power.”
Crouch founded the Disciples in 1965. At the urging of Christian composer Ralph Carmichael, he began to record his compositions in 1969. During the 1965-1985 period, Crouch and the Disciples appeared on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, performed at the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall, and toured 68 countries. Their most popular songs from this period include “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,” “Through It All,” “Bless His Holy Name,” and “My Tribute.” Their contemporary gospel sound reached beyond the traditional African American base and touched a racially and musically diverse audience. Several musical groups and solo performers recorded Crouch’s more popular works, further expanding his musical influence.
He later worked as a producer or arranger with Michael Jackson, Madonna (“Like A Prayer”), Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Elton John and Rick Astley (“Cry For Help”). His film credits include Once Upon A Forest, The Color Purple, The Lion King, and Free Willy. Who can forget the rousing rendition of “Maybe God’s Trying to Tell You Something,” from The Color Purple (featuring Tata Vega on lead), or the theme from the NBC sitcom Amen. Crouch also appeared on television as the voice of Dr. Seuss’s Yertle the Turtle.
Crouch who is credited with revolutionizing the sound of contemporary gospel music, was one of the first black gospel artists to crossover to mainstream contemporary Christian music, and his songs have become staples and popular hymns in churches all around the world. In 1996, his songs were the impetus for the GRAMMY award-winning CD, Tribute: The Songs of Andraé Crouch, which featured a range of artists, including the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Take 6 and Michael W. Smith, performing some of his classic songs .
Andraé Crouch has won numerous awards and honors over the years. In addition to his GRAMMY® Awards and GMA Dove Awards, he has received ASCAP, Billboard and NAACP Image Awards. In 2004, he became the only living contemporary gospel artist—and just the third in history—to have his star enshrined on the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2005, Crouch was the recipient of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ Inaugural Salute to Gospel Music Lifetime Achievement Award.
Andrae Crouch now serves as Senior Pastor at the New Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ in San Fernando, California, the church founded by his parents.
He has recently signed a new record deal with Riverphlo Entertainment and is releasing his new album titled The Journey in the Spring of 2011. The first single from the album, “The Promise,” is in stores now (Buy on iTunes). The signing re-teams him with songwriter, producer and CEO Mano Hanes (who produced Mighty Wind), Hanes launched the new label Riverphlo Entertainment, which is distributed by Universal Music Christian Group.
A documentary on Crouch’s incredible musical journey, as well as a television show, book and other media properties are in the works for 2011 and 2012.
Gospel Music is a soulful religious music centered around Christianity. Gospel Music has taken a huge uprising with the wave of new artist coming out as well as the older legends still holding it down. So with out further ado let’s talk about some of the most popular Gospel Artists around today.
We had to start this off with Kirk Franklin of course. Anyone who has ever heard Gospel Music before has heard of the name Kirk Franklin. Being in the music industry for more than 20 years, he has multiple awards including the Grammy’s, as well as millions of records sold.
Mary Mary are a contemporary gospel duo. The duo consist of two sisters Erica Atkins-Campbell and Trecina Atkins-Campbell. Mary Mary named their group after the famous Mary’s of the bible. They debuted their first album in the early 2000’s and have been hits ever since.
Donnie McClurkin is a very successful gospel artist who has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. He has won many awards including three Grammy awards, 10 stellar awards, two BET awards and many more. Yolanda Adams Yolanda Adams is one of the most popular gospel artists known today. Not only is yolanda committed to her music but she is also a producer, actress, and former radio host. In 2009 Billboard Magazine named Yolanda the number 1 Gospel artist of the last decade.
Not Only is Marvin Sapp a well recognized gospel artist, but he is also the founder of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Michigan. Sapp has had many appearances on the Billboards top 100’s and has landed the number one spot on Billboards Hot Gospel Charts.
Tasha Cobbs started her solo career in 2010, with the release of her album “Smile”. Since then she has made multiple appearances on the Billboards and has won multiple Grammy’s. Gospel Music has been around for decades and the people mentioned above have truly left their mark on the industry. These are some of the most popular gospel Artists around today.
Hearing loss is a common occurrence among people in their old age. The most common symptoms of hearing loss are that the victim gets a ringing noise in their ears and others do not hear certain voice pitches. As much as old age is to blame for most hearing loss cases, loud noises contribute to most of the intense symptoms and affects hearing terribly, especially with prolonged exposure. Loud noises include loud music at concerts and parties, screeching sounds, construction site noises and cars hooting. Constant exposure to these sounds may lead to fast loss of hearing and/or aggravated symptoms during hearing loss.
Musicians are often exposed to loud noises during concerts, practice sessions and parties. Over time, the loud music damages their hearing and this could pose problems in their music career. For the musicians in their old age, it is not too late to protect yourself from complete loss of hearing. How is this achievable?
It is important to know what qualifies as a loud noise. A normal talking voice ranges between 40 – 6- decibels. The human ear can comfortably handle sounds below 80 decibels. Sounds higher than 80 decibels will cause permanent damage to the ears over time. Sounds at 150 decibels cause instant damage to the ears and the victim often gets constant ringing in the ears. A rock concert plays music at 125 decibels at least and this could go up to 140 decibels. This means that the musicians and the audience are all susceptible to hearing damage.
The musicians performing at such a concert are at a higher risk of hearing loss since they are in close vicinity with the loud music. As such, it is advisable for such people to wear ear plugs while performing. Ear plugs aim at reducing the volume of the noise around you to a more comfortable level. Old models of ear plugs reduced noise by 20 decibels, which would not help much in a concert. Modern models that are fitted by an audiologist reduce noise levels evenly and they can be adjusted as preferred. The best part is that they only reduce the volume of the music without distorting the quality of sound.
Smart positioning during concerts
The key to safeguarding your hearing as a musician in your old age is to make smart choices. One of the smart choices is how you position yourself during concerts. Science has proven that sound travels in a straight line. This factor explains the difference in noise when one stands in front of a speaker and when you stand at an angle away from it or behind it. During performances, ensure that the speakers are tilted at an angle away from the stage in order to reduce the volume that reaches you.
Constant exposure to loud noises causes constant hearing damage that may become permanent after a certain period of time. Musicians are exposed to loud music from their training sessions to their performance. As such, it is important for musicians to control their exposure to loud noises by taking breaks between their sessions. The breaks should entail both short breaks for a few hours and long breaks for a couple of days especially after concerts. This will give the ears time to rest.
Safeguarding your hearing as a musician in your old age will help you avoid expensive and unnecessary treatment procedures that may result from hearing damage.