Composer: Andraé Crouch

Born in San Francisco on July 1, 1942, and raised in Los Angeles, Andraé Edward Crouch was the son of bivocational-pastor parents Benjamin and Catherine Crouch. He has recounted that he received the gift of music as a child, when his father was called as a guest preacher and pastoral candidate to a small rural church that had no musicians. He began playing for them at the age of 11. He wrote his first gospel song at 14, and formed his first band, the COGICS, in 1960. In 1965 he formed The Disciples, which lasted until 1979, and as a protegé of Audrey Mieir, Ralph Carmichael, and other leading Contemporary Christian Music artists of the time, went on to win a total of nine Grammies, and numerous other awards. He wrote his first well-kn… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Andraé Crouch (1962)
Meter: with refrain
Key: A♭ Major
Copyright: Text and tune © 1966, Mana Music, Inc. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power

The blood that Jesus shed for me
way back on Calvary,
the blood that gives me strength from day to day
it will never lose its power.

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Crouch's musical setting of THE BLOOD provides a skeleton script for a piano accompaniment that welcomes additional or substitute chords, arpeggios, runs, and ornaments. This hymn is appropriate for regular congregational singing, choral part singing, and/ or the use of a soloist on the stanzas. Keep the dotted rhythms crisp and sing majestically.

The African American gospel style began in the 1920s with Thomas Dorsey (PHH 493). Along with Edwin Hawkins, Jessye Dixon, James Cleveland, Dannibelle, and Curtis Burrell (to name a few), Crouch represents a more recent generation of such gospel musicians.

Andraé Crouch is a leader in contemporary gospel music. He began performing as a teen in his church, directed a choir at a Teen Challenge drug rehabilitation center, and then formed a singing group for the Church of God in Christ denomination. As a singer he has toured with his "Disciples" ensemble throughout the world for twenty-five years; his recordings have won Grammy and Dove awards. He has written more than three hundred gospel songs, many of which have become standards in gospel music. He has also written an autobiography, Through It All: A Biography (1974).

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook


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African American Heritage Hymnal #256
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #133
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Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #383
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #704
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The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #334
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #192
The New National Baptist Hymnal #97
This Far By Faith: an African American resource for worship #201
Include 1 pre-1979 instance