May 22, 2015

Remembering Andraé Crouch


Remembering Andrae Crouch

From the March/April 2015 issue of Homecoming Magazine
~ By Deborah Patterson ~

Musical giant Andraé Crouch passed away on January 8, 2015, after suffering complications following a heart attack five days earlier. He died surrounded by family at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in the Los Angeles area. Andraé was 72 years old.

Often referred to as “the father of modern gospel music,” Crouch was a gifted singer, songwriter, arranger, recording artist, record producer and pastor. Despite a lifelong struggle with dyslexia, his prodigious talent spanned multiple musical genres and reached across cultural, racial and even spiritual boundaries. He was born in San Francisco in 1942, and his giftings became obvious early in childhood. When his father began preaching in a small rural church that had no musicians, Andraé stepped up and began playing for them at age 11. He wrote his first gospel song at 14, and formed his first band (The Cogics) at age 18. He wrote dozens of songs, including the gospel standards “ The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,” “My Tribute (To God Be the Glory),” “Soon and Very Soon” and “Through It All.”

Crouch was instrumental in the success of many gospel artists including Jessy Dixon and BeBe and CeCe Winans, and his talent and generous heart earned the respect of musicians in every genre. In addition to his extensive achievements in the gospel world, Crouch worked with icons including Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, the Commodores, Elton John, Ringo Starr and Madonna. Elvis Presley performed his song “I’ve Got Con dence” for a 1972 gospel album, and Paul Simon recorded “Jesus Is the Answer” for a 1974 live album. Crouch also made musical contributions to several films, including The Color Purple, The Lion Kingand Free Willy, and he was the only living gospel performer to be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Throughout his five-decade-plus career, Crouch received nine Grammys, multiple GMA Dove Awards, ASCAP and Billboard awards, an Oscar nomination and many other honors, and he was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2007.



Rambo McGuire Andrae Sandra Crouch

Andraé and Sandra Crouch, Reba Rambo-McGuire, Dony McGuire


Reba Rambo McGuire:

Some gifts are simply forged in heaven.

In 1952 in the middle of a small church gathering, Rev. Benjamin Crouch laid hands on his young son Andraé and asked him, “Son, if God gave you the gift of music, would you use it for His glory all your life?” A painfully shy, prone-to-stuttering Andraé simply answered, “Yes, Daddy.” About three weeks later at the same tiny chapel, the saints were singing a cappella “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” Rev. Crouch motioned for Andraé to go to the dusty old upright piano, and somehow the child’s trembling legs obeyed. “My  ngers had never touched a real piano,” Andraé said. “Somehow I found the tonic note, and my ears just popped open. I started playing, just like that, with both hands!  en the little songs began to come … and they never stopped.”

When Andraé was 14 years old, he, along with his twin Sandra and friend Billy Preston, was invited to a cookout with many other artists and songwriters. Andraé, too bashful and intimidated to make his way to the backyard for the party, gazed longingly out the picture window wanting to fit in. “Lord, I wish I could write a real song like so many of these folks can,” he prayed.

From his mouth to God’s ear.

He noticed the host slathering barbecue sauce on the ribs and somehow began thinking about the blood of Jesus. The piano in the open den began to woo him, and within five minutes he had penned his first complete song, “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power.”

So many times, through horrific battles in life, Andraé’s mantra has been, “I plead the blood!”  rough the deaths of his beloved parents and older brother Benjamin Jr., to the physical battles of diabetes, congestive heart failure and multiple bouts of cancer — he has always lifted his unrelenting voice in praise.

Andraé wrote many of his beloved songs right on a stage or platform during moments when he was swept away in worship. He had a way of seeing and hearing Jesus above the noise of the masses and getting lost in intimacy with Him while the heaven-dipped notes and words  owed with abandonment. This African-American kid from the wrong side of the tracks, with no formal musical education whatsoever, ushered millions into the very presence of God. He understood that through it all, to God be the glory for the blood will never lose its power…

This gift was forged in heaven.

Dony McGuire:
I’ve had the honor of knowing Andraé Crouch for the past 45 years. Needless to say, his impact on my life has been immeasurable over the years.

Just after he passed, we were in a Tuesday evening Bible study and decided we would re ect on some of his music as a way of preparing our hearts to receive the Word. When we started singing the chorus to “ rough It All,” tears began to roll down my face as I was taken back 33 years ago to a moment in my life where I had come to realize drug and alcohol abuse was certainly going to get the best of me if I continued down that road.

In what I believe to be the most miraculous moment of my life, I felt the presence of Jesus wash over me and cleanse me of not only the chemicals in my physical body at that particular time, but to cleanse me of the need for them going forward. Since then, there have been so many times I found myself singing these lyrics from Andraé:

I thank God for the mountains,
and I thank Him for the valleys,
And I thank Him for the storms
He brought me through.
For if I’d never had a problem, I wouldn’t
know that God could solve them,
I’d never know what faith
in His word could do.

Through it all,  rough it all,
I’ve learned to trust in Jesus,
I’ve learned to trust in God.
Through it all,  rough it all,
I’ve learned to depend upon His word…

To read the full article from Homecoming Magazine, please click HERE.



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Rambo McGuire recently formed a new publishing company, Songs Of Rambo McGuire/SESAC. This company administers Dony & Reba’s most recent songs and a portion of Dottie Rambo’s catalog previously published under the names New Kingdom Music or Rambo McGuire Music. Please take a minute and visit the Rambo McGuire publishing page where you can find information in obtaining licenses for works owned by Songs Of Rambo McGuire. If you are an artist or group looking for new songs to record, you can also find information on our publishing page about our songs and latest demos.


Reba Songbooks

WOW!  Look what we found in our inventory! A stash of rare, vintage Reba Rambo artist songbooks from 2 of her classic recordings ~ Lady and The Lady Is A Child. There are 20 songs (see list below) and many pictures included in these collector songbooks. You can get both books, which Reba will personally autograph for you, for only $19.95 plus S&H. Take advantage of this opportunity while you can. We have a limited supply and once they’re gone, they’re gone! They are out of print and we will not be able to order any more.  You can indicate how you’d like your autograph personalized in the Note To Seller section at Paypal’s checkout. These books are new and not used.


Reba Rambo SongbooksReba Lady And The Lady Is A Child Songbooks
20 Classic Reba Songs With Many Pictures
Personally Autographed By Reba

Get Both For $19.95
While Supplies Last



The Land Of Ooh’s And Ah’s
Ain’t Givin’ Up Now
Sweet Jesus Peace
Velvet Sunshine Morning
Just As I Am
He Gives Me Joy
Shepherd’s Song
Lift Him Up


All Day Dinner
The Lady Is A Child
Go Ye
Sunshine Saturday
Child Of The Music Maker
Easy To Love Him
Coloring Book
Bending Toward The Sun
Sacrifice Of Praise


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Rambo McGuire along with Buck Rambo will be participating in the 4th Annual Legends On The Sea Cruise. The boat will depart Seattle, WA and will port in several cities in Alaska and Victoria, British Columbia. The dates of the cruise are June 9th – 16th, 2015. For more information and for booking, please call Sandy Berry  with Inter-World Travel 865-992-1621 and let her know you are booking under Rambo McGuire. You can also click HERE for more information, but you must call to book a cabin.

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Story Behind Songs A Perfect Heart


~ A Perfect Heart ~  
By Lindsay Terry From the book Stories Behind 50 Southern Gospel Favorites Volume 1
Kregel Publications

The Little Lake Song

Psalm 119:9-16

With my whole heart have I sought thee:
O let me not wander from Thy commandments.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart,
That I might not sin against Thee.

What a thrill for Dony and Reba Rambo-McGuire! They arrived at a large gathering in Zimbabwe, Africa, where thousands of happy Christians sang one of their beautiful songs, first in their native language and then in charming, heavily accented English. Reba reports, “I was so moved that I was reduced to an emotional basket case for a few moments.” That song, “A Perfect Heart,” was born several years before on Center Hill Lake, near Nashville, Tennessee…

The story behind “A Perfect Heart” begins when friends invited the McGuires to vacation with them on their houseboat on a lake near Nashville. They had determined to work diligently on their songwriting during that time, and they did so. They prayed earnestly that the Lord would do something special through them that week. At the end of the week they had completed a number of songs and done some work on a musical. Reba tells the story.

“On the very last morning we were to be on the boat, Dony got up very early to try to catch a catfish for breakfast. He’s an early riser. I was so full of faith in his fishing ability that I proceeded to the kitchen and started to cook bacon and eggs.

“The sun was peeking over the hills and a mist was rising from the water. It was a glorious morning. I looked out of a small porthole and caught a glimpse of Dony with a strange look on his face. Some people come down with a cold, while Dony comes down with a song! I couldn’t explain it, but I knew something good was about to happen. I turned off the burners where I was cooking and removed the food. I gathered our songwriting materials and sat down to wait for him to come in.

“When he came in a few minutes later, he sat down before a small electric piano and began to play. As he played what the Lord was giving to him, I began to write lyrics as they were being given to me. That kind of inspiration had only occurred a few times in our short songwriting career together. It was as if God was saying, ‘You’ve been faithful in your praying and studying for a week, now I’m going to give you something just because I have the power to do so.’ I wrote as fast as I could write while Dony continued to play. We both completed the whole composition and have never changed a word or the musical setting.

“It became our ‘little lake song.’ We used it for a time around our offices as a devotional song and sang it at a few small churches. One day Bill Gaither came by our offices and heard us singing it during one of our devotional periods. He asked where we got it. We told him it was our ‘lake song.’ He expressed such a keen interest in it that Dony made a tape of it for him. That started it on its way.”

And so, several years later, halfway around the world in Zimbabwe, the McGuires heard their “little lake song” being sung by the great host of Africans gathered there.


Morning sun light of creation
Grassy fields of velvet floor
Silver clouds a shimmering curtain
He’s designed a perfect world
I’m amazed at His talents
I stand in awe of one so great
Now my soul begins to sing out
To the source from which it came


Bless the Lord who reigns with beauty
Bless the Lord who reigns with wisdom and with power
Bless the Lord who reigns my life with so much love
He can make a perfect heart
Praise the Lord who reigns in beauty
Praise the Lord who reigns with wisdom and with power
Praise the Lord who reigns my life with so much love
He can make a perfect heart

Lyrics and Music by Reba Rambo-McGuire & Dony McGuire
Copyright 1980 Bud John Songs Inc/ASCAP, Makanume Music/ASCAP, Ooh’s And Ah’s Music/ASCAP
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14 New Recordings Of Timeless Favorites




1. Build My Mansion (Next Door To Jesus)

2. If That Isn’t Love

3. I’ve Never Been This Homesick Before

4. Sheltered In The Arms Of God

5. The Holy Hills Of Heaven Call Me

6. I Go To The Rock

7. For What Earthly Reason

8. On The Sunny Banks

9. There’s Nothing My God Can’t Do

10. One More Valley

11. (In The Valley) He Restoreth My Soul

12. Precious Jesus

13. Tears Will Never Stain The Streets Of That City

14. He Looked Beyond My Fault (And Saw My Need)


Bishop Huskins


Dear Friends and Church Family,

As you know, on Monday afternoon, August 25, 2014, our friend and Bishop, David R. Huskins, transitioned from this walk of life and joined the great Cloud of Witnesses. We thank everyone for their love, prayers and support during this difficult time.

The Celebration of Life Service for Bishop Huskins will be held at Cedar Lake Christian Center on Saturday, August 30th, at 11 AM EST. The family will receive friends Friday, August 29th, from 6 PM to 9 PM EST at Cedar Lake Christian Center, 1890 Rome Hwy, Cedartown, GA 30125.

At the request of Bishop’s sons, our family will be participating in the service, singing some of Bishop’s favorite songs. We have been advised that the church will not be streaming the service live over the internet.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to “The Huskins’ Boys Fund” at SunTrust Bank in Cedartown, GA. Donations may be mailed to the following address:

SunTrust Bank
632 N. Main St.
Cedartown, GA 30125

Information should be posted today on Bishop’s ( and Cedar Lake Christian Center’s ( Facebook pages.

Precious friends have blessed us with a beautiful vacation home for our family to spend a few quiet days after Bishop Huskins’ home-going service. Needless to say, this has been a very difficult time and we’re so grateful for the opportunity to get away and gather our thoughts.

We will be cancelling the Tuesday evening service on September 2nd at The River At Music City in Nashville. We will resume services on September 9th at 6:30 PM at our World Music location. Thank you for your understanding and we covet your prayers during this much needed time of rest.



Dony and Reba


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From Absolutely Gospel Music

Grammy Winner Jason Crabb Leads Two Day Event Including Rambo McGuire, The Hoppers, Karen Peck & New River, The Freemans, Brian Free & Assurance and more at Country Legend’s Historic Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN

Nashville, TN (June 19,2014) The Loretta Lynn Ranch is preparing to welcome Gospel music fans from all across the country to the second annual “Loretta Lynn’s Gospel Music Festival” held at her Hurricane Mills, TN ranch September 13-14, 2014. The inaugural event last year was a huge success and organizers are anticipating another wonderful weekend.

Scheduled to appear during the two-day event are Grammy winner Jason Crabb, Hall of Fame members The Hoppers, The Booth Brothers, Karen Peck & New River, The Freemans, The Sneed Family, Rambo McGuire, Aaron Wilburn, Brian Free & Assurance, Singing Cookes, Michael Combs, Archie Watkins & Smoky Mountain Reunion, and Tony Gore & Majesty.

“I love Gospel music,” Loretta Lynn says. “I had a great time with all my friends here last year and I’m so happy to invite everyone back to my house for some great gospel music! Y’all come on!”

For those arriving early on Friday night, September 12, 2014, there will be a special bon-fire and sing-a-long beginning at 8:00 PM with special guests HIGHROADIII.

Jeff Sneed, event producer, comments: “We had an amazing turnout last year – the crowd loved the event – and this year is going to be even better!” Patsy Lynn Russell, event organizer says: ” Jeff Sneed and his family have done a wonderful job doing anything that was needed – from producing the talent line up to organizing the stage, sound and light crew to promoting the event to bus groups. They’ve stepped up and really gone the extra mile to make this event a success!”

Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN is the perfect destination for this amazing weekend of Gospel music. The full service RV park features primitive camping, pools, canoeing, paddle boats and more. Guests can also tour Loretta’s plantation home, the Butcher Holler Home Place, and her brand-new 18,000 square foot “Coal Miner’s Daughter” museum.

Tickets are on sale now and more information can be found online at or by calling the ranch at 931-296-7700.


Live With Joey DESTINY



Please tune in online Friday, June 7, 2014 at 9 PM Central Standard Time to hear Part 2 of Destiny Rambo McGuire’s interview on the blogtalk radio show Live From The Bay With Joey. Part 1 aired previously and we are excited to share Part 2 with you. Click HERE to listen online at 9 PM CST on June 7. You can also listen to the interview later by clicking on the same link. For more information about the Part 1 interview, please read below.



Destiny Rambo McGuire’s Part 1 interview on blogtalkradio with Joey Vilchez Nardone from the San Francisco Bay area is now available for listening online using the widget below this post. This was Destiny’s first interview since releasing her debut full-length project, Journal of a Songstress. Destiny’s father and producer of Journal of a Songstress Dony McGuire will also joined her for the interview. The interview aired on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 9 PM Central Standard Time on Joey’s blogtalk radio show, Live From The Bay With Joey.

To listen Part 1 of the interview, please click below:


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Destiny God Gave Her Music

From the March/April 2014 issue of Homecoming Magazine
~ By Wayne Zeitner ~

This is not your grandfather’s — or grandmother’s — gospel recording. Despite Destiny Rambo McGuire’s prominent thank you to “GranDot and GrandBuck” (Dottie and Buck, aka the Rambos), and despite her including some Rambo classics and debuting a poem-song from Gloria Gaither, this Nashville-recorded, 15-track opus — a soul-baring manifesto of complaint and hope — is anything but Southern. Still, a singer with Destiny’s pedigree (her parents are Reba Rambo and Dony McGuire), releasing a CD that starts with the words, “In the beginning…” and ends with “…at last I found love” deserves consideration.

Seems like waiting three decades after taking the stage as a (very young) singing Rambo is an unusually long delay. Destiny agrees: “I’ve been singing in public since I was 18 months old. My parents used to put me up on the piano bench, and parade me around like a little singing monkey.” But tell us how you really feel about growing up in a traveling musical family. “Well, I sang with the family, and I sang on — it seems like — everybody else’s records, but never had something that was mine; something that represented me as an artist or as a writer.” Laughing, she recalls the reaction of GranDot to the first song Destiny ever wrote: “She teased me and said I was a late bloomer. I mean, I was only 14!” Such is the burden of the progeny of musical legends.

To continue reading this article, please click HERE.