Andraé Edward Crouch was an American gospel singer, arranger, record producer and pastor. Referred to as "the father of modern gospel music" by contemporary Christian and gospel music professionals, Crouch was known for his compositions "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power", "My Tribute" and "Soon and Very Soon", he collaborated on some of his recordings with artists, such as Stevie Wonder, El DeBarge, Philip Bailey, Chaka Khan, Sheila E. and vocal group Take 6, many recording artists covered his material, Bob Dylan, Barbara Mandrell, Paul Simon, Elvis Presley and Little Richard. In the 1980s and 1990s, he was known as the "go to" producer for superstars who sought a gospel choir sound in their recordings, appearing on a number of recordings by including Michael Jackson's "Man In The Mirror", Madonna's "Like a Prayer", "The Power", a duet between Elton John and Little Richard. Crouch was noted for his talent of incorporating contemporary secular music styles into the gospel music he grew up with.
His efforts in this area helped pave the way for early American contemporary Christian music during the 1960s and 1970s. Crouch's original music arrangements were heard in the films The Color Purple, for which he received an Oscar nomination, Disney's The Lion King, as well as the NBC television series Amen. Awards and honors received by him include seven Grammy Awards, induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1998, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Andraé Edward Crouch was born, along with his twin sister, Sandra, on July 1, 1942 in San Francisco, California to parents Benjamin and Catherine Crouch; when he was young, Crouch's parents owned and operated Crouch Cleaners, a dry-cleaning business, as well as a restaurant business in Los Angeles, California. In addition to running the family's businesses, Crouch's parents had a Christian street-preaching ministry and a hospital and prison ministry; when Crouch was 11, his father was invited to speak for several weeks at a small church as a guest preacher.
Crouch's father and the church's congregation encouraged the young boy to play during the services. At the piano, Crouch started to play. After this, Crouch honed his piano-playing skills and, in time, wanted to write his own music; when he was 14 years old, he wrote his first Gospel song. Crouch's first group musical effort was formed in 1960 as the Church of God in Christ Singers; the group included future recording artist and session musician Billy Preston on keyboards and was the first to record Crouch's song "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power". The song's popularity grew following the initial 1969 recording, becoming a standard in churches and hymnals worldwide. While attending Valley Junior College in the San Fernando Valley to become a teacher, he formed gospel music group "The Disciples" in 1965 with fellow musicians Perry Morgan, Reuben Fernandez, Bili Thedford; the group became a frequent attraction at "Monday Night Sing" concerts in southern California put on by Audrey Mieir, a Christian minister and music composer who sponsored new Christian music groups.
Following Mieir's introduction of Crouch to Manna Music Publishing's founders Tim and Hal Spencer, Manna published Crouch's song "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power", written when he was 15 years old. The Spencers helped launch Crouch's recording career by introducing them to Light Records founder and prolific Christian songwriter Ralph Carmichael. After the addition of Sherman Andrus to The Disciples, Light Records recorded and released the group's first album, Take the Message Everywhere, in 1968. Following the group's first album release, Crouch's twin sister, joined The Disciples in 1970 after Fernandez' departure. Two more albums would follow, Keep On Singin' and Soulfully, before a major change in the group's lineup in 1972; when Sherman Andrus left the Disciples to join the Imperials he was replaced by singer Danniebelle Hall. More musicians were being added and the group's membership by the early 1970s included Fletch Wiley on trumpet, Harlan Rogers on keyboards, Hadley Hockensmith on guitar, Bill Maxwell on drums.
The group appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1972 and to sold out crowds at Carnegie Hall in 1975 and 1979. By 1985 they had performed at the Hollywood Bowl and toured 68 countries. Crouch's most popular songs from this period include "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power", "Through It All", "Bless His Holy Name", "Soon and Very Soon", "Jesus is the Answer", "My Tribute". After The Disciples disbanded in 1979, Crouch continued on with a solo career, his backing ensemble included Howard Smith, Linda McCrary, Táta Vega, Kristle Murden, along with The Andraé Crouch Singers. Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, Dean Parks, David Paich, Phillip Bailey, Stevie Wonder, El DeBarge, other secular artists were included in Crouch's recording sessions. With former Disciples drummer-turned-producer Bill Maxwell, Crouch co-produced projects for The Winans, Danniebelle Hall, Kristle Murden. Many musical acts and solo performers covered his more popular works, including Elvis Presley with I've Got Confidence.
In 1986, Crouch composed the theme music for the Sherman Hemsley sitcom Amen, sung by Vanessa Bell Armstrong. In 2006 Crouch released Mighty Wind, a 40th anniversary album featuring guest performances by Lauren Evans, Crystal Lewis, Karen Clark Sheard, Táta Vega, Marvin Winans. Crouch has been credited as a key figure in Jesus music of the 1960s and 1970s and, as a result, helping to bring about contemporary Christian music into the church; as well, he is credited with helping to bridge the gap between black and white Christian music and revolutionizing the sound of urban Gospel musi
Petula is a 1968 Pye Records album release by Petula Clark leased to Warner Bros. in the USA. The two albums precedent to Petula: These Are My Songs and The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener had been produced by Sonny Burke with Tony Hatch, the producer/songwriter who'd established Clark as a top recording star in 1964, contributing only one track to each album. With Petula Hatch again became Clark's exclusive producer overseeing all the album's tracks. Petula would prove to be the last Petula Clark album of original material produced by Hatch; the first advance single from Petula: the Les Reed/Barry Mason composition "Kiss Me Goodbye" had reached #15 US in April 1968, becoming the first hit single for Clark produced but not written by Hatch. Of the eleven additional tracks which would comprise Petula, seven were written by Hatch and Jackie Trent. Hatch had Clark cover "Days", "The Good Life" and "This Girl's in Love with You" and recorded Clark singing "Why Can't I Cry", written by arranger Johnny Harris and wife Kim Clark.
The song was recorded by Tom Jones. The Hatch/Trent composition "Don't Give Up" - described by Hatch as a homage to "Can't Take My Eyes off You" - was released as the album's second advance single in July 1968 and failed to sustain Clark's Top 20 comeback peaking at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming Clark's final US Top 40 hit.2 "Billboard" reported that "Don't Give Up" was one of the most requested tunes at Las Vegas' Desert Inn Sky Room as of late 1968 and early 1969. Singer-pianist Murray Arnold claimed it was behind only "Didn't We" and "Little Green Apples." The track "Have Another Dream On Me" was referred to as "my latest" by Clark on her April 1968 NBC TV special. For reasons unclear, the song never came out on single, but "Don't Give Up" did. Petula rose higher on the US album charts than the preceding The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener reaching #51 as opposed to #93. Clark's UK label Pye Records released the album in the UK and Ireland and in New Zealand. In France the Petula album was issued by Vogue Records with cat# CLD 723.
1The titles of the singles "Kiss Me Goodbye" and "Don't Give Up" were displayed with the name "Petula" on the album's cover but the official title of the album is Petula. 2"Don't Give Up" ranked in the Top 30 in both Cash Box and Record World with respective peaks of #27 and #23. The track reached #5 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart. Side one"Don't Give Up" "Have Another Dream on Me" "Your Love is Everywhere" "One in a Million" "Beautiful in the Rain" "This Girl's in Love with You" Side two"Kiss Me Goodbye" "Sun Shines Out of Your Shoes" "We're Falling in Love Again" "Days" "Why Can't I Cry" "The Good Life" Unless otherwise indicated songwriting credit is to Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent
Sub Rosa (album)
Sub Rosa is a 2003 album by Swedish artist Eagle-Eye Cherry, his third studio album. The song Don't Give Up was featured in the Disney movie Holes. Sub Rosa at Discogs
Don't Give Up (Chicane song)
"Don't Give Up" is a song by British electronic music artist Chicane, featuring vocals recorded by Canadian singer Bryan Adams. It was released on 6 March 2000 as the second single from Chicane's second studio album Behind the Sun; the song peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart and become a popular dance track in clubs across Europe and North America. The collaboration between the two musicians began in 1999, when Adams contacted Bracegirdle at his studio to arrange for a remix of Adams's forthcoming single "Cloud Number 9" from his 1998 album On a Day Like Today; the resulting remix was selected by Adams as the radio edit of the single, which went on to reach number six on the UK chart. Having written the music for a track that needed to be turned into a song, Bracegirdle played the idea to Adams during his search for a voice. Adams agreed to the role, wrote the melody and lyrics to the song "Don't Give Up". Adams's rock-styled vocals were buried in audio processing; this was done through Prosoniq's OrangeVocoder plugin on Steinberg's Cubase VST digital audio workstation.
Though his voice was altered electronically, it is still recognisable. One critic felt the processed vocals were unsuccessful: "Adams digitally treated his vocal on this track to an extreme degree to make it sound less rock. I don't think he quite manages it – his singing is husky anyhow." Adams's vocal credit was not publicized when the single, in a white label release, was first played by noted BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong on his 31 December 1999 Essential Selection show. It was chosen as Tong's "Essential New Tune" selection, which, on this episode, was specially designated "Essential New Tune for the millennium". On a January show, Judge Jules, standing in for Tong, played it as the Essential New Tune again, it was included on Tong's Essential Selection Spring 2000 compilation album. On the week of 12 March 2000, "Don't Give Up" overtook "American Pie", Madonna's number one single of the previous week, on the UK Singles Chart, outselling it by 1224 copies; the song featured on the acclaimed 2000 mix album CreamLive.
The song sold 270,000 copies in the UK. In 2004, following Bracegirdle's departure from Xtravaganza, the label issued "Don't Give Up 2004", a single including only new remixes by label founder Alex Gold and Xtravaganza artists Agnelli & Nelson. Dom Passantino of Stylus Magazine was mixed, saying "this is our Bryan's only entry to number one, a far too obvious attempt at appealing to both Dave Pearce and Ken Bruce at the same time. Bizarrely enough, time has revealed it to be the colour negative of'Emerge' by Fischerspooner. Except this sold some copies." Tom Ewing of Freaky Trigger, although saying the song predicted the EDM boom of the 2010s, was mixed, saying: "Inadvertently, the track hits on an idea – throaty, effortful bloke singing over formula builds and drops – that we will see an awful lot of in the early 2010s. But this inadvertent futurism isn't the result of any particular vision, just an offspring of the listless humping of two clichés."
Don't Give Up (film)
Don't Give Up is a 1947 Swedish musical comedy film directed by Lars-Eric Kjellgren and starring Nils Poppe, Annalisa Ericson and Gaby Stenberg. It was based on the 1941 British stage show Lady Behave by Stanley Lupino; the film's sets were designed by the art director Nils Svenwall. Nils Poppe as Pelle Olsson Annalisa Ericson as Gulli Gaby Stenberg as Sonja Lind Ulla Sallert as Ylva Vendel Karl-Arne Holmsten as Allan Berger Sigge Fürst as Albert Svensson Stig Järrel as Author Valle Folke Hamrin as Studio Executive Nils Jacobsson as Rudling Arne Lindblad as André Margit Andelius as CEO Secretary Wiktor Andersson as Studio Auditor Astrid Bodin as Cleaning Woman Ernst Brunman as Jack Eskil Eckert-Lundin as Man in the Studio Lars Ekborg as Pelle Olsson's Neighbor Carl-Axel Elfving as Assistant Director Sven Ericsson as Pelle Olsson's Neighbor Karl Erik Flens as Viktor Albert Gaubier as Dancer Stig Grybe as Pelle Olsson's Neighbor Marie Hedeholm as Script Supervisor Axel Isaksson as Man in the Studio Tryggve Jerneman as Man in the Studio Helge Karlsson as Doorman Börje Lundh as Makeup Artist Rune Magnusson as Sound Assistant Mary Rapp as Model Erik Rosén as Art Director Alexander von Baumgarten as Bartender Nils Whiten as Unit Manager Monaco, James.
The Encyclopedia of Film. Perigee Books, 1991. Don't Give Up on IMDb
Don't Give Up (album)
Don't Give Up is the first collaborative studio album by Serengeti & Polyphonic. It was released on Audio 8 Recordings in 2007. Jason Randall Smith of Impose said: "Musically ahead of its time while lyrically speaking in real time, Serengeti & Polyphonic have created an album that will get better with age." Jesse Serwer of XLR8R praised Polyphonic's production, saying: "With nods to microhouse, drum & bass and ambient sounds, Polyphonic's beats have an unique, otherworldly feel to them."Ben Westhoff of Washington City Paper placed it at number 6 on the "Top Ten Albums of 2007" list. Quentin B. Huff of PopMatters placed it at number 20 on the "101 Hip-Hop Albums of 2007" list. Don't Give Up at Discogs
Ira Losco M. Q. R. is songwriter. Her career breakthrough came in 2002, when she represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 with the song "7th Wonder", she placed second in the competition, Malta's best result. Fourteen years she returned and represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "Walk on Water", placing twelfth. Losco has released five studio albums in her career, is one of the most successful Maltese musicians of all-time. In 2018, she will serve as a judge on the inaugural season of X Factor Malta. To date Losco has won more than 20 music awards, she has appeared in front of audiences ranging from 1,000 to 80,000, has played alongside renowned international acts such as Elton John, Katie Melua, Maroon 5, Mel C, Ronan Keating, Bob Geldof, Tokio Hotel and Gigi D'Alessio. Losco started her career with a college band called Tiara but they split up a few months after Losco represented her country in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002, held in Tallinn, she placed second with the song "7th Wonder".
In 2003, she was chosen to perform the song "Reaching Higher", the official song of the Xth Games of the Small States of Europe Malta 2003. Losco was awarded the Midalja għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika in 2008. Losco has been involved in advertising in her country, including for Guess, McDonald's Salad Plus, Vodafone's Music Jam Campaign. Losco won the Maltese national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 on 23 January, with the song "Chameleon". On 31 July 2018, it was announced. Losco represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 with the song “7th Wonder”, she finished runner up, just 12 points behind eventual winner Marie N, Malta’s highest result in the competition until it was equaled in 2005. In December 2015, it was revealed that Losco had submitted two songs for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016, the country’s national selection process, her entries "Chameleon" and "That’s why I love you" were both shortlisted for the semifinal, with "Chameleon" qualifying for the final.
On 23 January, Losco won the national selection with over 40% of the votes cast by the Maltese public. Following Losco's win at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016, she stated that she was open to the idea of performing a song other than "Chameleon" at Eurovision, should it improve Malta's chances of winning; the national final rules, set by PBS, allow for the winning song to be modified or changed. On 19 February 2016, PBS announced that an international jury consisting of representatives from ten countries, along with local experts from Malta, would be presented with several songs, including a revamped version of "Chameleon", would determine which song Losco would perform at the contest. On 14 March it was announced that she would perform the song "Walk on Water"; the song and video were released on 17 March 2016. The dress worn by Losco for the contest was by Alex Zabotto-Bentley, who has designed for Lady Gaga and Kylie Minogue, it was revealed that to increase the chance of winning the contest, the budget was increased drastically, from minimum €200,000 in a previous given year to an approximate maximum of €1,500,000 during the Losco's participation in 2016.
In the first semi-final, on 10 May 2016, "Walk on Water" qualified for the Eurovision final. In the final on Saturday 14 May 2016, she placed 12th out of 26 countries. In May 2016, it was announced that her partner, Sean Gravina, were expecting a baby, their son, was born on 25 August 2016. Losco has publicly expressed her support for a number of social causes in Malta, including LGBT rights and anti-bullying campaigns amongst teenagers. In 2014, she was nominated for the first LGBTI Community Awards organised by the Malta Gay Rights Movement. Losco supports equal rights and acceptance, rather than just tolerance, in the context that her country, has been known as the best country in Europe and the world in LGBTQI rights. Losco organised an LGBT friendly party in Stockholm during the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. Official website