My Tribute (To God Be The Glory)

Album: House of Gospel Anthology: The '70s (1972)

Songfacts®:

  • When Andraé Crouch was 18 years old, he started working in the Los Angeles Center of Teen Challenge, a faith-based corporation that helps people with problems such as substance abuse. On his first day at the center, he met ex-prisoner Larry Reed, whom he befriended.

    Years later, Andraé was thanking God for his experiences at the teen center when he received a phone call from his pal. The gospel star recalled to Lindsay Terry: "He said, 'Hey Andy! This is Larry.' I kinda chuckled. He said, 'I had a dream about you the other night. I dreamed that you were going to write a song that is going to go around the world. It will be the biggest song you ever wrote, to this day.'"

    "I asked, 'Well, what do I have to read?' He said, 'Read John, chapter 17.' In that passage Jesus said, 'Father, I have glorified Thee, now glorify me.' I read the passage and didn't feel any inspiration to write."

    "The following morning I got up singing 'to God be the glory.' I asked myself, 'Where did that come from?' I then went to the piano and wrote 'My Tribute,' in about 10 minutes."
  • The evening after he wrote the song, Andraé taught "My Tribute" to some guests at a dinner party he was attending. He recalled: "I told them about Larry's prediction that I would write a song that would go all over the world. My host, Carrie Gonzalo, asked, 'This morning, you wrote the song we've just been singing?!!' I said, 'Yes, but it can't be that song!'"

    "As we sat there we read the scripture passage in John chapter 17, which Larry suggested. ('I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.') I excitedly said, 'It's all about GLORY!'" (Source The St. Augustine Record)
  • This is one of Andraé Crouch's best known songs and has been covered by many other artists including Sandi Patty, Crystal Lewis, Nicole C. Mullen and Israel Houghton.

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