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Unformatted text preview: cs of other contemporary styles. A key figure in the Jesus Music movement of the 1960s and 70s, he was a strong influence on subsequent musicians, including Amy Grant. Like Dorsey, his music was criticized for being too secular, but several of his songs have become standards in churches all over the world. He also helped gospel crossover to mainstream music, and has won several awards, including eight Grammys. In 1993- 94, many members of Crouch’s family died, and with the death of his father, he took over the ministry of the church. In 2004, he had a star established on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 14 Mojo Magazine, The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion, 4th Edition. Canongate Books (2003), p. 20 16 Crossroads: Music of American Cultures (Barkley) Kendall Hunt Publishers, 2013 Listening Example: Mercy Kirk Franklin Kirk Franklin was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. Abandoned in infancy by his mother, and never knowing his father, he was raised by his aunt. A strict, church- going Baptist, Kirk’s aunt made sure her charge was raised in the Christian faith and nourished in a strong church environment. He displayed musical talent at a very young age, and to help foster his musical gifts, Franklin’s aunt collected and resold aluminum cans to pay for piano lessons when he was only four years old. By the age of 11, he was equally adept at by- ear playing and notation- reading. As a young teenager, Franklin rebelled against the strong religious upbringing and turned to a life of “vio...
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