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Claudrena N. Harold

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043574

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043574.001.0001

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A Special Kind of Witness

A Special Kind of Witness

Andraé Crouch, the Growth of Contemporary Christian Music, and the Politics of Race

(p.42) Chapter 2 A Special Kind of Witness
When Sunday Comes

Claudrena N. Harold

University of Illinois Press

Through a close examination of Andraé Crouch’s musical contributions, as well as his central role in opening the industry’s doors to other black artists, this chapter details how Crouch altered the sonic landscape of contemporary Christian music during the 1970s and 1980s. It also documents his unique relationship with Ralph Carmichael’s Light Records, his underappreciated role in the company’s emergence as a major player in urban contemporary gospel music, and his vital contributions to the praise and worship genre. In accounting for Crouch’s crossover success, the chapter highlights his musical genius, his liberal approach to spiritual practice and religious expression, his unique partnership with Light and Warner Brothers, and his popularity among whites affiliated with the Jesus movement.

Keywords:   Andraé Crouch, contemporary gospel music, contemporary Christian music, Jesus movement, praise and worship, Light Records, Warner Brothers

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