The American gospel singer Andrae Crouch was born in 1942 in California. After joining a local church as its pastor, the senior Mr. Crouch brought young Andrae along and encouraged him to learn to sing in the church choir. Regular piano lessons followed, and soon young Andrae found himself immersed in gospel music. The Disciples caught the attention of Light Records, which signed the group and helped them to release their 1968 debut album, Take the Message Everywhere. The Disciples disbanded in 1979, and Crouch launched a solo career as a performer and producer, which has lasted now well into the new millennium. Following the release of his solo album I’ll Be Thinking Of You (1979), Andrae went on to release a number of successful albums. As performer, arranger, and producer, Crouch has been recognized with seven Grammy Awards for such categories as: Best Gospel Performance (for Take Me Back, 1975); Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album (for Live in London (1978), I’ll Be Thinking Of You (1979), and Don’t Give Up (1981)); and Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male (for “Always Remember,” 1984.) Crouch also penned the song “Maybe God’s Trying to Tell You something” for the Academy Award winning film The Color Purple.