Donnie McClurkin Biography
April 16, 2018, 2:27 am | By Anigo Francis
Donnie McClurkin was born on November 9, 1959 in AmityVille, New York , Is an American Gospel Singer and a Minister with three Grammy Awards, ten Stellar Awards, two BET Awards, two Soul Train Awards, one Dove Award and one NAACP Image Awards.
Donnie McClurkin growing up was not easy. He was born into a home filled with domestic volence and Drug abuse.
Donnie McClurkin Found comefort through an Aunt who sang background Vocals with Gospel Music Musican Andrae Crouch. After Staying close to Crouch throughout his boyhood, he started playing piano and sing with hid Church youth choir. He Formed the McClurkin Singers by the time he was a teenger, and later formed another group The New York Restoration choir.
He was hired as an associate Minister at Marvin Winans Prefecting Church in Detroit, Michigan, in 1989. McClurkin served as an assistant to Winans for over a decade.
He was ordained and sent out by the Winans in 2001 to establish Perfecting faith Church nin Freeport, New York and now he is a senior Pastor.
A Friendship with a Warner Alliance Executive resulted in his Singing to the label for his 1996 self titled LP. The disc which Featured the peremially popular “STAND” went gold Shortly after being publicly lauded by OPRAH WINFREY.
At the 48th annual Grammy Awards, he won a grammy in category Traditional soul Gospel Album. For “Psalm, Hymns & Spiritual Song” (2005).
Donnie McClurkin is best known for his hit songs “Stand” and “We Fall Down” which were played in heavy rotation on both Gospel and urban radio. His three solo Albums have topped the Billboard Charts.
Donnie didn’t stay away long from recording profoundly uplifting music for the soul. In 2009 he released WE ALL ARE ONE live in (Detriot).
We All Are One (live in Detriot) is a boldly eclectic collection from McClurkin, Moving from the powerfully opener “Trusting In You” and the lifting call and respond vibe of “You Are My God and king” (featuring a playful battle of the choir sections on the “Repraise”) to the soul-soothing “Let the River Flow” and a duet with the ever amazing Karen Clarksheard for “Wait On The Lord”.
Donnie Enthuses “On I Choose To Be Dancing we incorporated many different feels hard rock with the guitars and strings for the culture sound, but we kept the rhythm section urban. And on my praise and worship ‘Hallelujah Song’ which God gave me on a Sunday when we were all up in church praying – the idea of praising God in a Succession of different languages just came to me at the last second! We sing in Dutch Spanish and the African language Yoruba OSE BABA means ‘THANK YOU FATHER’ “
The themes of the 12-song We All Are One are of unity and tolerance. Donnie explains, “Jesus said, ‘A house divided against itself cannot stand,’ yet we remain disconnected: Republicans and Democrats, Blacks, Whites, Yellows and Browns, Baptists and Methodists, Lutherans and Episcopalians… Where is the unity? Coming from a religious background, I was taught to judge harshly, but my thinking now is, ‘Let God do the judging so that I may learn how to love and understand the ways in which we are all connected.’ I believe that lesson of compassion and fellowship will ultimately be learned by the young ones coming behind me. For my song ‘We All Are One,’ I brought in Asaph Ward – one of the greatest producers in gospel music – and we came up with a ‘World Beat’ to unite the masses. At the end of the song, adult voices fade into children’s voices singing, ‘We all are one in The Lord,’ driving home the point that you have to come to Him as a child.”
Released: October 29, 1996
Label: Warner Alliance
Released: March 4, 2003
Label: Verity Records
Psamls, Hymns and Spiritual Songs
Released: October 26, 2004
Label: Zomba Label Group
Released Scheduled: Febuary 28, 2014
Label: RCA Inspirational
“Speak to my Heart”
2000 “We All Fall Down”
2003 “The Prayer” (featuring Yolanda Adams)
2005 “I call You Faithful”
“Ooh Child” (featuring Kirk Frankin)
2006 “Church Medley”
2009 “Wait On The Lord” (featuring Karen Clark Sheard)
2013 “I am Amazed” (featuring Erica Campbell & Preasha Hilliard)
We all Down
The Prayer (with Yolanda Adams)
Ooh Child (with Kirk Frankin)
Live in London and more…..
Released: August 22, 2000
Label: Verity Records
We All Are One (live in Detroit)
Released: December 2, 2008
Label: Verity Records
The journey (Live)
Released: August 19, 2016
Label: RCA Records
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