Gospel Artist Claims Star in Hollywood Walk of Fame

( [email protected] ) Jun 04, 2004 10:00 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES - Andrae Crouch, Grammy-winning gospel singer, claimed a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Friday while declaring it "another open door to tell people about Jesus."

Crouch's gospel choir was able to sing and give its tribute to a crowd of around 400, including Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr., Sen. Richard Alarcon and Jean-Luc Sibiude, consul general of France.

The 61-year old joins fellow gospel artists Mahalia Jackson and the Rev. James Cleveland on the Walk of Fame and was the the 2,256th star awarded on the celebrity sidewalk.

He has won six Grammy awards for gospel performances and one for a pop/contemporary gospel album. Courch has made numerous musical contributions to the secular world, which includes arranging Michael Jackson's 1987 hit song "Man in the Mirror," as well as the music from Disney's "The Lion King" in 1994 and Steven Spielberg's 1985 film "The Color Purple."

Crouch's future releases later this year is "Mighty Wind," an album featuring guest appearances by Marvin Winans and Fred Hammond.