[Twin sister Sandra Crouch and Kurt Carr visit Andraé Crouch days before he passed at 72]
Gospel star Kurt Carr
set in the front row of a packed house gathered to celebrate the 49th Annual Gospel Music Workshop of America, that was hosted this year in Birmingham, AL.
What started out as a concert quickly turned into a special tribute that spurred a rush of emotions that exuded from Kurt Carr.
The conference founded by the late James Cleveland, (whom Carr served under for 7 years) took the opportunity to honor a man that means so much to the Gospel community and to Carr especially.
In a choreographed presentation, peers of the late great Andraé Crouch took to the stage to honor his memory by performing some of his greatest hits.
[Kurt Carr poses with singer Kathy Taylor at The 2016 GMWA]
Carr listened as different lead singers passed the mic to one another, ushering the 5,000 in attendance to sing the Sunday morning worship classics with them. As Crouch’s hits “The Blood Will Never Loose Its Power,” “Soon and Very Soon,” and “Can’t Nobody Do Me Like Jesus,” blasted through the sound system, it sunk home how special Crouch really was.
[PATH publisher Kris Patrick (L), with Kurt Carr (R)]
Kurt Carr got my attention, (sitting behind him) and turned to share a photo (first picture above) from his cell phone. With tears in his eyes Carr solemnly told me that he was with Crouch during his final days. Carr went on to tell me the role that Andraé Crouch played in his career as he impacted his musical journey in the early 90’s.
States Carr, “After James Cleveland passed, Andraé and Sandra took me under their wing.” “I toured the world with them for two years.” “On my off weekends I’d fly to L.A. to be with Andraé.” “This is us days before he passed.”
Carr wanted to let those reading this know how much Andraé Crouch meant to him. Pictured with his twin sister Sandra, and fitted in his trademark Kangol hat, Crouch will never be forgotten.
Andraé Crouch (July 1, 1942 – January 8, 2015)