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
Incipit: 51554 56657 12117
Key: A♭ Major
Copyright: © 1966, Manna Music, Inc;© Manna Music, Inc./ASCAP (admin. By ClearBox Rights)


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, 1988



Organ Solo

  • Encore: 50 of Fred Bock's Greatest Gospel Arrangements for Organ
    Composer/Editor Fred Bock
    Published By: Fred Bock Music Company (1984) pp. 144
  • Music for Organ: With a Little Help from My Friends
    Composer/Editors Fred Bock; Andrae Crouch
    Published By: Manna Music, Inc. (1974) pp. 34

Piano and Organ Duet

  • A Mighty Fortress Is Our God: Traditional and Contemporary Organ-Piano Duets
    Composer/Editors David Carnes; Beth Humber
    Published By: Genevox Music Group (1997) pp. 36


Instances (1 - 23 of 23)

African American Heritage Hymnal #256

African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #137

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #133

Baptist Hymnal 2008 #227

Chalice Hymnal #206

Hymns of Faith #269

Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #383


Lift Up Your Hearts #704

One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism #327


Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #276

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #552

Redeeming Love #4

Santo, Santo, Santo #676

Sing Joyfully #298

Songs of Zion #184

The Celebration Hymnal #334

The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #192

The New National Baptist Hymnal (21st Century Edition) #146

This Far By Faith #201

Total Praise #253

Worship His Majesty #243

Yes, Lord! #250

Zion still Sings #204

Include 3 pre-1979 instances
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