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Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers want to touch and change people's very lives through the power of God moving in what they do.
The Stellar Award winning Tri-City Singers were a choir comprising of thirty-four singers and five band members, formed in 1981, from Gastonia and Charlotte in North Carolina and Spartanburg, South Carolina. The choir was originally called the Isaac Anderson Singers, after its first manager, and was made up of members and friends of the Dawkins family. It changed its name and Faith Davis became the director after Isaac Anderson's departure. However the choir languished on a local circuit with members having to pay for their own transport to singing engagements. It was only when Donald Lawrence joined the Tri-City Singers and used it to showcase his songs that they became noticed and recorded 'Songwriter's Point of View'.
Donald Lawrence was born in Charlotte and attended the Mills Chapel, FBH (Fire Baptized Holiness) Church in Gastonia, North Carolina. By sixteen years old Lawrence was singing in the choir, playing the organ and piano and writing music. He graduated from Cincinnati Conservatory with a Bachelor's Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre. After working in Florida he joined Jim and Tammy Bakker's PTL as a musician. Later he worked as Musical Director for the soul singer Stephanie Mills and coached vocals for the R&B group En Vogue. In the gospel music world he wrote songs for The Clark Sisters, the GMWA Choir. Lawrence allowed one of the Tri-City Singers members and also member of Stephanie Mills's team, Richard Odom, to let the choir sing some of his songs. Donald Lawrence was then introduced to the choir and began to sing, write, produce and direct for the Tri-City Singers.
The Tri-City Singers became one of the most popular gospel choirs of recent times and members of the choir included singers who have
since begun successful solo careers including:
Sheri Jones-Moffett of Ted & Sheri;
Dewayne Woods - winner of the 2008 Stellar Award for Best New Artist of the Year in 2008 and now known for the hit gospel song 'Let Go, Let God'; and
Anita Wilson released her album 'Worship Soul' in 2012.
Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers recorded their last ever music in 2006 when they produced 'Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri-City Singers Finale' on two separate albums: Acts 1 and 2, covering the two nights of performance.
A follow-up album 'YRM (Your Righteous Mind)' to Donald Lawrence's The Law of Confession, Part 1 was released in 2011. It included Dorinda Clark-Cole on the title track.
At the 2011 Stellar Award ceremony he received the Stellar James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award. Donald Lawrence has also won 15 Stellar Awards.
After the 2006 Finale CD/DVD projects Donald Lawrence has done solo work and production for other artists.
He has been a popular singer to contribute to ther artists' albums including:
backing vocals on Joann Rosario's 'Joyous Salvation', 2007 album.
Donald Lawrence has written some wonderful songs for other gospel artists including:
'One More Sunny Day' on LeJeunne Thompson's 'Soul Inpsiration' 2001 album.
The title-track on Ted & Sheri's 'Celebrate' 2004 album.
Percy Bady's 'Kingdom Inspirations' 2013 album on the Maranatha Gospel label.
The 2011 Richard Smallwood album 'Promises' features 'Facts Are, Truth Is' a song specially written by Donald Lawrence for his friend Richard Smallwood.
Donald Lawrence produced and arranged for various artist including:
Co-produced Ricky Dillard & New G's 'Worked It Out' 1996 album;
Karen Clark-Sheard's 'Finally Karen... Live!' 1997 album on Island Inspirational Records;
Bishop T.D. Jakes 'Sacred Love Songs' 1998 album on Integrity Gospel;
Co-produced Ted & Sheri's 'The healing starts right here' 2001 album;
Arranging on Kelly Price's 'One Family: A Christmas Album' of 2001;
Karen Clark-Sheard's 'Second Chance' 2002 album on Word Records;
Karen Clark-Sheard's 'The Heavens Are Telling' 1983 album on Elektra;
Vocals on Ramsey Lewis's 'With One Voice' 2005 album on Narada;
Vanessa Bell-Armstrong's 'The Experience' album - work that won him a 2011 Stellar nomination for Producer of The Year;
Bishop Paul Morton's Grammy nominated 'Best Days Yet' 2012 album on Light Records.
He has also worked with Kirk Franklin, Jonathan Nelson, Peabo Bryson, Daryl Coley, Mary J. Blige and the late Thomas Whitfield and as vocal coach for nineties female group En Vogue.
Donald Lawrence and The Tri-City Singers sing 'I've never seen'".
|Vanessa Brown Dukes||Alto||RTY|
|Melonie Daniels||Soprano, Alto, Tenor||ISL|
|Annette 'Queenie' Lennox||RTY||ISL|
|Ronnie Robinson Jr.||Tenor||SPOV|
|'Songwriter's Point of View' (1993) Crystal Rose 422117 / Gospo Centric records.
The first Tri-City Singers album gaining a Stellar Award featuring R&B stars Peabo Bryson, Stephanie Mills, Brenda Waters and Rodney Posey. Produced by Donald Lawrence.
1. Personal Friend of Mine (with Brenda Waters). 2. You Encourage My Soul. 3. Shut De' Do'. 4. Call On Jesus. 5. I Walk With The King. 6. Glory Glory. 7. Dance In The Spirit. 8. Holy. 9. U Don't Have 2 Be Lonely. 10. The Storm Is Over. 11. The Mender. 12. Miracles. 13. The Mender (Reprise).
|'Bible Stories' (1995) Chordant/ Crystal Rose 421480 / Sparrow Records.
An album that sets stories from the Bible to music. It reached number 1 in the Billboard Gospel Albums Chart between February and March 1996 and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1996 for Best Gospel Album By A Choir Or Chorus. Produced by Donald Lawrence and Kevin Bond.
1. Movement 1. 2. Stranger (with Brenda Waters). 3. Movement 2. 4. Message For The Saints. 5. Movement 3. 6. Come Lay Your Head on Me. 7. Movement 4. 8. Oh Peter. 9. Movement 5. 10. Great Things. 11. When Sunday Comes (with Daryl Coley). 12. Didn't It Rain. 13. Movement 6. 14. I Am God. 15. Cast Your Cares. 16. If I Can't Say a Word. 17. Don't Forget To Remember (with Brenda Waters). 18. Bethlehem Morning. 19. Dance.
|'Hello Christmas' (1997) Crystal Rose.
A popular seasonal hit. 'The Little Drummer Boy' was written by Thomas Whitfield.
1. I Can Hear the Angels. 2. Little Drummer Boy. 3. Love's Holiday (with Men Of Standard). 4. Sweet Little Jesus Boy / We Didn't Know. 5. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. 6. Carol Of The Bells. 7. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. 8. Soulful Noel. 9. Hello Christmas. 10. Absent From the Body / In the Presence of a King. 11. Stranger Remix (with Brenda Waters).
|'Tri-City4.com' (2000) EMI Gospel EGD 0251.
The Tri-City Singers then signed up with EMI Gospel and released their fourth album, produced by Lawrence. This album includes an exclusive trio performance of Karen Clark-Sheard, Kim Burrell and Kelly Price on 'God's Favor'. There are also guest appearances by Doug & Melvin Williams and Brenda Waters, and The Murrills on 'Love the hurt away'. LeJeunne Thompson leads on the number one gospel hit 'Testify': a song that also reached number thirteen in the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. My favourite is 'Never Seen the Righteous' a song that won a Stellar Award. The album earned the choir a Stellar Award for 'Best Contemporary Choir of the Year'.
1. Intro (Tricity.Com). 2. Testify. 3. God's Favor. 4. Never Seen the Righteous. 5. When the Saints Go To Worship. 6. Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me. 7. Sign Me Up. 8. E-Mail (Interlude). 9. Love the Hurt Away. 10. Superman. 11. Blessed. 12. Senor, Yo Beso Tu Presencia (Lord, I Kiss Your Presence). 13. Uzziah. 14. And Yet I'm Still Saved. 15. Let the Lord Minister To Ya. 16. Outro.
|'Go Get Your Life Back' (2002) EMI Gospel 20360.
The live tracks were recorded at University Park Baptist Church, Charlotte, North Carolina. Includes a duet with the late Walter Hawkins called 'Seasons'. Ann Nesby also contributes on the title-track. Andraé Crouch co-wrote the popular song 'Bless Me (Prayer Of Jabez)'. This album was nominated for a Grammy in 2003 for Best Gospel Choir Or Chorus Album. The vocals came from Ann Nesby, Walter Hawkins. Donald Lawrence, Ann Nesby, Walter Hawkins, Lajuana Henderson, Sherita Freeman, Vanessa Glenn-Durrah, Iva Johnson, Dorothy Ashmore, Traci Drummond, Sheri Jones, Ronnie Dawkins, Eric Young, Derrick Brown, Jimmy Dawkins and DeWayne Woods.
1. Best Is Yet To Come. 2. Seasons. 3. I Can't Complain. 4. Miracle. 5. Bless Me. 6. Bless Me (Prayer of Jabez). 7. Keep On Blessing Me. 8. Lord I Try. 9. It's Gonna Be Alright. 10. Can I Lay in Your Arms. 11. Usher Me. 12. Go Get Your Life Back.
|'Restoring the Years - The Best of Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers' (2003) EMI 91802.
The excellent title-track 'Restoring the Years' and 'The Presence Of A King' were introduced on this album. It is full of favourites from previous albums. produced by Daniel Weatherspoon; Donald Lawrence; Cedric Thompson.
1. Restoring the Years. 2. Stranger. 3. I Am God. 4. When Sunday Comes. 5. Testify. 6. When the Saints Go to Worship. 7. Never Seen the Righteous. 8. And Yet I'm Still Saved. 9. Seasons. 10. Bless Me. 11. Best Is Yet To Come. 12. Presence of a King.
|'I Speak Life' (2004) Verity 82876-62228-2
This album was nominated for the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Gospel Choir Or Chorus Album. Donald Lawrence received six 2006 Stellar Awards for Artist, CD, Producer, Group/Duo, Contemporary Group/Duo, and contemporary CD of the year. The album features Donnie McClurkin on 'I speak life', Hezekiah Walker on 'You covered me', Vanessa Bell Armstrong on 'Miracles', Ramsey Lewis and Lalah Hathaway on 'Don't forget to remember', The Murrills on 'Better' and Richard Smallwood on piano on 'Lamb'. The song 'Healed' was written by Jonathan Nelson.
1. Healed. 2. I Speak Life (with Donnie McClurkin). 3. You Covered Me (with Hezekiah Walker). 4. Miracles (with Vanessa Bell-Armstrong). 5. Right Now. 6. Angels (with Carl Thomas). 7. Don't Forget To Remember (with Lalah Hathaway, Ramsey Lewis). 8. Say a Prayer Intro (with Faith Evans). 9. Say a Prayer (with Faith Evans). 10. Better (with DJ Rogers). 11. Wailin' To Dancin'. 12. Lamb (with Richard Smallwood). 13. Coming Strong. 14. Restoring the Years. 15. Beautiful Feel Intro. 16. Beautiful Feet.
|'Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri-City Singers Finale Act I' (2006) EMI Gospel EGD 33345.
This CD & DVD set album was recorded at the recorded live The Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia and brought Donald Lawrence 2007 Stellar Awards for Artist of the Year, Choir of the Year, Producer of the Year, Contemporary CD of the Year, Music Video of the Year, Contemporary Choir of the Year, Special Event of the Year, Special Event CD of the Year and Recorded Music Packaging of the Year. He received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance for the song 'Blessing of Abraham' in 2007.
1. Blessing of Abraham. 2. You Are an Heir. 3. Giants Intro. 4. Giants. 5. Praise Break. 6. God (featuring Erica McCullough). 7. These Nails Intro. 8. These Nails (featiring Blanche McAllister). 9. Never Seen the Righteous. 10. Personal Friend. 11. I Walk With The King. 12. Stranger. 13. I Am God (featuring Arnetta Murrill-Crooms). 14. O'Peter. 15. Cast Your Cares (featuring LeJeunne Thompson). 16. When Sunday Comes (featuring Daryl Coley). .
|'Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri-City Singers Finale Act II' (2006) EMI Gospel EGD 54835.
Guests on Finale ActI and II included: Sheri Jones-Moffet on 'Encourage yourself' and 'God's favor', DeWayne Woods on 'God is', The Murrills on 'Better', LeJuene Thompson, Blanche McCallister and Sheri Jones-Moffett on 'God's Favor', Erica McCullough on 'When the saints go to worship', Sharla Byrd on 'Bless me', LaShun Pace on 'And yet I'm still saved', Walter Hawkins on 'Seasons', Karen Clark-Sheard, Vanessa Bell-Armstrong and Darwin Hobbs on 'It's your time'. Produced by Donald Lawrence.
1. Blessing of Abraham. 2. Encourage Yourself (featuring Sheri Jones-Moffet). 3. God Is Intro (featuring DeWayne Woods). 4. God Is. 5. Matthew 28 Intro. 6. Matthew 28. 7. Better (featuring The Murrills). 8. God's Favor (featuring LeJuene Thompson, Blanche McCallister and Sheri Jones-Moffett). 9. When the Saints Go to Worship (featuring Erica McCullough). 10. Bless Me (featuring Sharla Byrd). 11. And Yet I'm Still Saved (featuring LaShun Pace). 12. Seasons (featuring Walter Hawkins). 13. It's Your Time (featuring Karen Clark-Sheard, Vanessa Bell-Armstrong and Darwin Hobbs). 14. Best Is Yet To Come.
|'The Law of Confession, Part 1' (2008) Zomba / Verity 88697-23473- 2.
The first album from Donald Lawrence after the finale of The Tri-City Singers. This album was inspired by sermons from Lawrence's pastor, Rev. Bill Winston.
1. The Word Of The Lord. 2. Back II Eden. 3. Intro. 4. The Law Of Confession. 5. The Blessing Is On You. 6. Word Of My Power. 7. The Blessing Of Abraham. 8. Citizens Of The Kingdom. 9. Let The Word Do The Work (featuring Bro Hahz). 10. Let The Word Do The Work (Reprise). 11. I've Got Something. 12. Happy Being Me. 13. Gravitas. 14. There Is A King In You.
|'Matthew 28 Greatest Hits' (2008) EMM / Chordant 12836.
1. Never Seen The Righteous. 2. Giants. 3. Go Get Your Life Back. 4. Matthew 28. 5. It's Your Time. 6. The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me. 7. I Can't Complain. 8. Cast Your Cares. 9. Love The Hurt Away. 10. Let The Lord Minister To Ya.
|'Donald Lawrence Introduces The Murrills - Family Prayer' (2008) Quiet Water / Verity / Zomba
Donald Lawrence is now spending more of his efforts on producing for other artists. An example of this is this album for The Murrills - a group formed out of the Tri-City Singers. The group comprises of brothers Darwin, Damion, Donnell, Andre and Durwood and sister Arnetta. They were nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album category, and Stellar Awards for New Artist of the Year and Recorded Music Packaging of the Year. The single 'Friend of mine', a re-write of Eddie Kendrick's 1976 Motown hit, was popular on the airwaves.
1. One Mo' Time: Intro. 2. Better (featuring DJ Rogers). 3. Friend Of Mine. 4. Family (There's A Healing). 5. Long Time Comin' (Holdin' On). 6. Words and Rhythm. 7. How I Feel About You. 8. Siyahamba (Janie's Song). 9. I Declare War. 10. Be The One. 11. Don't Let Me Fall. 12. Survive. 13. Intro: Roger. 14. Good Days, Bad Days. 15. Can You Stand The Rain? 16. I Will Wait. 17. One Mo' Time Outro.
|'YRM (Your Righteous Mind)' (2011) Sbme/Verity 767507.
This album debuted at number 1 in the Billboard Gospel Album Chart and also reached 41 in the Billboard Top 200. The 'Co.' is made up of singers he has worked with in both Chicago and North Carolina. Dewayne Woods, Kim McFarland-Anderson, Jason Nelson, Latrice Pace, Lisa Jones, Tobbi White-Darks, Tommie White, Dawn Jordan, Blanche McAllister-Dykes, Anita Wilson, Michael Smith, and Floyd Wilkinson. The album features Dorina Clark-Cole on the title-track Jason Nelson and Keith Staten on a rework of one of Lawrence's favourite Commissioned songs 'Strange Land' Israel Houghton on 'We Agree' and sisters Tobbi White-Darks and Tommie White on an impressive cover of the classic Chaka Khan song 'Through The Fire'. Donald Lawrence & Co. also do a re-work of Daryl Coley's ever popular 'Chronicles II'. 'Second Wind', the Bishop Tudor Bismark inspired '"I Am" Factor' and the title-track are other excellent songs. The song 'Spriritual' received a 2012 Grammy award nomination for Best Gospel Song and the album was nominated for Stellar Awards for Artist of the Year, Group/Duo of the Year, Producer of the Year, Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year and Contemporary CD of the Year.
1. YRM (Your Righteous Mind) (with Dorina Clark-Cole). 2. Spiritual. 3. Not Making Sense, Making Faith. 4. When the Battle Is Over. 5. "I Am" Factor, The Intro. 6 "I Am" Factor. 7. Through The Fire (featuring Tobbi White-Darks and Tommi White). 8. Strange Land (with Jason Nelson and Keith Staten). 9. II Chronicles. 10. Second Wind Intro. 11. Second Wind. 12. We Agree (with Israel Houghton). 13. Restoring the Years. 14. We Agree (Reprise).
|'Seasons: A 20 Year Celebration' (2013) EMI 55953.
Recorded at Chicago's Living Word Christian Center on the 18th June 2013. A CD and DVD. Guest include Coko, Faith Evans, Hezekiah Walker, Ted & Sheri, Karen Clark-Sheard, Kierra Sheard, Rudy Currence and special guest Natalie Grant. This album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Gospel Album.
1. Oh Peter. 2. When Sunday Comes. 3. Stranger. 4. I Am God. 5. Personal Friend. 6. I Walk With The King. 7. Never Seen the Righteous. 8. When the Saints Go to Worship. 9. And Yet I'm Still Saved. 10. Seasons. 11. Best Is Yet To Come. 12. Blessing of Abraham. 13. Encourage Yourself. 14. It's Your Time. 15. Giants.
|'20 Year Celebration - Vol 1 : Best For Last' (2013) Ent. One Music 9315.
Recorded at Chicago's Living Word Christian Center on the 18th June 2013. Guest include Coko, Faith Evans, Kelly Price, Hezekiah Walker, Ted & Sheri, Karen Clark-Sheard, Kierra Sheard, Rudy Currence and special guest Natalie Grant. It was nominated for a grammy for Best Gospel Album.
1. Say A Prayer (lead: Faith Evans). 2. Mighty God (lead: Coko). 3. When The Saint's Go To Worship (lead: Kelly Price). 4. Instrument (lead: Rudy Currence). 5. Good News (lead: Vanessa Bell Armstrong). 6. God (lead: Natalie Grant). 7. Giants (lead: Karen Clark-Sheard & Kierra Sheard). 8. Celebrate (lead: Ted & Sheri). 9. You Covered Me (lead: Bishop Hezekiah Walker). 10. Ultimate Relationship (lead: Lalah Hathaway). 11. I Speak Life (lead: Lalah Hathaway). 12. Beautiful Feet 13. Quiet Times (lead: Donald Lawrence). 14. The Blessing of Abraham (lead: Donald Lawrence). 15. Back II Eden (lead: Donald Lawrence). 16. The Gift (lead: Donald Lawrence). 17. The Rest (lead: Donald Lawrence).
|'The Best of Donald Lawrence & Company' (2013) RCA.
1. Healed. 2. You Covered Me (featuring Hezekiah Walker). 3. I Speak Life (featuring Donnie McClurkin). 4. Miracles (featuring Vanessa Bell Armstrong). 5. Better (featuring The Murrills). 6. The Law of Confession. 7. Back II Eden. 8. The Word of The Lord. 9. There Is A King In You. 10. The Blessing of Abraham. 11. YRM ( Your Righteous Mind) (featuring Dorinda Clark-Cole). 12. Spiritual. 13. We Agree (featuring Israel Houghton & New Breed). 14. Restoring The Years. 15. The I Am Factor.
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