Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans
Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans and Marvin Winans
Honor Their Friend and Mentor in a Musical Tribute during
Cleveland Rock Week
Recently, the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and Museum rolled out the red carpet for gospel legend Andrae’ Crouch during the Rock My Soul: Gospel Music Celebration. Once the tickets were made available to the public they were gone in 12 minutes, needless to say, the house was packed. Some of Crouch’s long-time friends were on hand for the special occasion and everyone who turned out was there to remember all that he contributed to the music industry. Crouch’s influence reached beyond the walls of the church and was woven throughout mainstream entertainment. Crouch’s legacy lives on as his music is still being sung in churches around the world.
The seven-time Grammy winner was honored by musical greats Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans and Marvin Winans who all acknowledge Crouch as the person who paved the way for them. “He set the standard so high for us and we’re still trying to reach that level,” says CeCe Winans. What was billed as a tribute concert turned into touching moments filled with stories of humble beginnings, laced with laughter and tears as God’s presence settled into the atmosphere.
“Andrae’ Couch made an indelible impression on the way we write, the way we do harmonies, chords and structure,” says Marvin Winans
Where would Donnie McClurkin be today had a man named Andrae Crouch not stopped to pray for an eleven year old boy after a concert simply asking, “God give to him what you gave to me?” McClurklin says, “After he prayed for me God gave me the gift to play the piano and that’s how I learned to sing.”
For those who couldn’t make it to Cleveland, truly missed a musical trip down memory lane, but can enjoy highlights of the evening by viewing the following links:
CeCe Winans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG7XBxNX2A8
Donnie McClurkin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vUepOIRywg
Marvin Winans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Upn34lF0WHo