Gospel legend Andrae Crouch is giving his fans something new to praise God for. His 18th album will drop in May, and he’s launched a contest for talented choirs.
“The Promise,” the first single from The Journey, was digitally released on February 15. He hopes it will reach people who are at a low point in their lives and need strength. “Because life is like that,” he said. “This song should remind them that no matter what happens in their lives, God will always be there.”
The 68-year-old artist, producer and pastor also launched “The Promise” choir competition, to run through June 30. Choirs around the country are invited to submit their version of Andrae’s latest single to riverphlo.com/contest. The lucky winners will get a chance to record with the legend himself.
Winners get a two-song digital recording deal with Riverphlo Entertainment. They might also appear in Andrae’s upcoming documentary and get a visit from him to their community or church.
Andrae said he’s trying to figure out how to sort through the talent with his crew and pick the best voices. He especially wants to recognize individual talented singers whose choirs as a whole might not win the competition.
“When I hear a good singer, I don’t care if it’s a contest or what, if they can sing, they can sing,” Andrae said.
He would also like to give such people an opportunity to shine individually.
“We don’t know how we’re going to hook that up, but I sure don’t want to pass them by.”
Andrae has more than enough on his plate to keep busy. In addition to scouting talent and releasing new music, the gospel great is the senior pastor of his parent’s church in San Fernando, California, alongside his twin sister Sandra.
“I’ve been to 72 countries and I probably have more energy than a lot of people. I’m not about to quit.”
– Genet Lakew
with reporting by Keosha Johnson