Veteran gospel performer and songwriter Andrae Crouch died on 8 January 2015 following a heart attack in the Los Angeles. He was 72.
• Born in San Francisco, Crouch wrote his first gospel tune at the age of 14 and in 1960, he formed the group Church of God in Christ Singers.
• He wrote several gospels including The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power, My Tribute (To God Be the Glory) and Soon and Very Soon.
• His work graced songs of Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Madonna and movies such as The Lion King.
• Crouch was honoured with the 2256nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles in 2004.
• He won a total of 7 Grammy Awards in his career and also received an Academy Award nomination for his arranging work for the 1985 film The Colour Purple.