Rev. W.R. "Smokie" Norful, Jr.(born October 31, 1975) Grammy Award winning gospel singer and pianist, best known for his 2002 album, I Need You Now. He graduated from the historically black University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff with a BA in history. He pursued the M.Div. degree at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He founded the Victory Cathedral Worship Center in Romeoville, Illinois, where he currently pastors.
Born Andraé Edward Crouch in San Francisco, California. Andrae's parents managed a dry cleaners. His father, Benjamin Crouch, also had a street ministry, and ministered in hospitals and in prison. Andrae was eleven years old when his father was invited to preach at a small church in a farming community. The church didn't have a pastor so the bishop invited Andrae's father to become the pastor.
Few gospel groups can equal the Williams Brothers of Jackson MS, in terms of longevity and popularity. The trio dates back to 1960, when Doug and Melvin's father, the late Leon "Pop" Williams founded the group. In April 1991, Melvin, Henry and Doug decided to merge musical talent with industry expertise to form their own label dedicated to spreading the good news of Jesus Christ through anointed music.