of a Legend:
“Growing up, Jackie Robinson was my hero. He broke through the color barrier in baseball, and his commitment always amazed me. Never in my wildest dreams would I ever imagine that I would be used in a similar fashion, not in sports, but in gospel music.”
- Sherman Andrus
Truly, one of gospel music’s living legends, Sherman Andrus has ministered to millions of people during his career that spans more than six decades and 40 recording projects. This Grammy Award-winning singer has twice been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall Of Fame, and has sang with such household names as The Imperials, Andre Crouch And The Disciples, Andrus Blackwood And Company, and more. He has made appearances as part of Bill Gaither’s Homecoming entourage, and has sang for Elvis Presley.
Throughout his life, Sherman has continually broken down barriers. Growing up in the small town of Mermentau, Louisiana, his first experience with singing gospel music was in his mother’s vocal group. His next step came from an association with life-long friend Andrae Crouch. His association with Andrae would continue as Crouch formed Andrae Crouch And The Disciples in 1964, in which Sherman was the original lead singer. It was during these early years that Sherman would meet the love of his life, Winnie. The couple married in 1966, and welcomed their son, Sherman Jr., in 1969.
In 1972, Sherman would defy the odds when he joined the popular Christian group, The Imperials, where he would remain for five years. While Sherman was with The Imperials, they would record five albums and go on to win a Dove award for “Group of the Year” as well as a Dove Award and a Grammy Award for the album “No Shortage”. After his departure from The Imperials, Sherman and Terry Blackwood (another former member of The Imperials) would go on to form the chart-topping group, “Andrus Blackwood And Company”. From 1977 to 1986, the duo would release six albums, and have several #1 hits, including “Jesus, You’re So Wonderful”, “Soldiers Of The Light”, and “Step Out Of The Night”.
Since the mid-1980s, Sherman has continued to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ across the globe. He has maintained a successful solo career, both locally and abroad, which continues to this day. He has recorded several solo projects, including “Caution To The Wind” and “Seize The Moment”. In 1997, as part of the classic Imperials, Sherman was invited to join a world-wide tour that commemorated the 20th anniversary of Elvis’ death. In 1998, Sherman was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall Of Fame as a member of The Imperials, as well as a founding member of Andrae Crouch And The Disciples.
In 2002, another chapter started for Sherman when he teamed up with long-time friend, Lonny Bingle, to form Andrus And Bingle. This creative partnership would last through 2019, and would see the creation of 3 new recording projects, including a live recording entitled, “For Such A Time As This”.
Aside from performing in churches, venues, and arenas, Sherman has also been able to expand his outreach ministries to include visits to extreme parts of the world, including Poland, India, Nigeria, Indonesia, Haiti, and Guyana. He has also been able to minister in prisons, schools, and hospitals. To this day, Sherman continues to add more credits to his name, including songwriter, producer, arranger, and author. As a consultant, he has also helped to shape the futures of many aspiring artists.
Sherman and his queen of more than 50 years, Winnie, make their home in the greater Oklahoma City, Oklahoma area.
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