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Sandra Crouch, Grammy Award-Winning Gospel Artist, Dies at 81

Sandra Crouch, a Grammy-winning gospel singer and pastor, has died. She was 81.

Crouch, who was known for her hits on gospel radio and collaborating with her twin brother Andraé Crouch in The COGICS and his group The Disciples, died on March 17. The church that she preached at, New Christ Memorial Church in Los Angeles, confirmed her death with a post on Facebook last week.

Assistant Pastor Kenneth J. Cook shared a statement on the platform, along with a smiling photo of Crouch. “It’s with a heavy heart that I announce that at 12pm today, March 17, 2024, our beloved Senior Pastor Sandra Elaine Crouch transitioned into the arms of the Lord,” Cook wrote. “We as believers know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”

“We will forever cherish the memories and teachings we received from her. Details on the service will be forthcoming,” the statement concluded.

Throughout her career, Crouch was recognized as an accomplished Gospel singer, going on to receiving multiple Grammy nominations — including one win — for her contributions to the genre. She also worked as a studio tambourine and percussion musician for other artists and collaborated with stars like Michael Jackson as a background choir vocalist.

According to her family’s tribute on Legacy, the singer-songwriter, born July 1, 1942 along with her twin brother Andraé, grew up surrounding by gospel music, as her father Benjamin J. Crouch was a bishop and founded the Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ in Pacoima, California.

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