Dr. Joey Crutcher


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Tulsan Joey Hobart Crutcher has a biography that sounds like a “Who’s Who” in music, despite the fact some music teachers tried to discourage his early devotion to gospel. Crutcher’s mother reported that when the delivery men brought a piano to their home, he showed versatility when he sat down and played “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.”

It was Rev. John Henry Johnson and Don O’Banner who had an outside influence on Crutcher’s development of his dynamic gospel style. In school, Crutcher was pianist for the Boys Glee Club. During his stint in the Army, he was the chapel organist. After the military, he came back to Tulsa and attended Tulsa Junior College, Oklahoma Business College, and the Oklahoma School of Religion, where he studied church music.

In 1970, he joined musical forces by marrying his childhood sweetheart, Leanna Johnson. The couple had four children and specialized in building mass choirs and helping churches build quality music programs. 

Among his many musical obligations, Crutcher has found time to be Minister of Music for the New Heights Christian Center, the director for Love Connection Community Singers, Music Director for the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Music Coordinator at the University of Tulsa for the Unlimited Gospel Choir, and to be a musician for the Liberty Baptist Church.

Crutcher was born in Tulsa, December 11, 1947.

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