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Donnie is a man who wants to see Jesus glorified and to see himself made just like Him, with Jesus' heart and compassion.
Donnie is also an associate pastor at Marvin Winan's 2000 strong Perfecting Church in Detroit. He has an inner strength that brought him through a difficult childhood of domestic violence and his parents abusing solvents. He found peace in the Gospel Tabernacle Assemblies Of God church where he committed himself to Christ as a nine year old. When he was ill as a youngster Andraé Crouch responded to a request from his Aunt who sang background vocals for Crouch. Andraé Crouch encouraged him to play the piano and kept in touch regularly.
Yolanda Adams and Donnie McClurkin sing "The Prayer".
Donnie was playing piano for the youth choir when he was only fourteen. By nineteen he formed the McClurkin Singers with his sisters and then the New York Restoration Choir that sang in prisons and on the streets. The latter ministered in prisons and on the streets. In 1983 Donnie attended a seminar lead by the Winans. He was asked to sing a song in the evening and Marvin Winans said they would work together - fulfilling a word Donnie had received two years previously. However, it wasn't until 1989 that he joined Marvin's staff. Donnie also headed the New York Restoration Choir.
Then disaster struck when Donnie was diagnosed with leukemia. He was very ill but Marvin Winans hit him on the chest and refuted the deadly illness. Just over two months later Donnie was completely healed.
Donnie has performed for both Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton. He has also sang with Quincy Jones and Kenny Rogers.
In 2002 he founded the Perfecting Church in Long Island, New York, where he preaches the Gospel.
Donnie sang three songs in the 2004 Tom Hanks film 'Lady Killer', appeared on the hilarious film 'The Fighting Temptations'and will team up with Kirk Franklin in his first feature film for 20th Century Fox later in 2004. Donnie McClurkin won the 2004 Grammy for Best Contemporary Gospel for the recording 'Again...' and the Stellar Trailblazer Award which recognised his unique talent as a performer, writer and producer and role model for young people.
Donnie has appeared on various other gospel artists' albums including:
Vocals on Ron Winans' 'Family & Friends III' 1987 album on Sparrow records;
Singing with the New York Restoration Choir on the 'Christmas Spirit in the Air' album on the 601 Music label;
Singing on 'Let you glory fill this place' on Bishop T.D. Jakes and The Potter's House Mass Choir's 'The Storm Is Over' 2001 album;
Vocals with BeBe Winans on 'O Come All ye Faithful' on Kelly Price's 'One Family: A Christmas Album' 2001 on the Universal label;
Singing 'King inside of you' on Bishop T.D. Jakes's 'He-Motions' 2004 album.
Singing on the title-track on Donald Lawrence's 'I speak life' 2004 album;
Co-producing and leading the song 'Ooh Child' on the 'The Gospel' soundtrack of 2005 on Verity Records 71620;
'God is not dead' on Kelly Price's 'This is who I am' 2006 album on Gospelcentric.
|'Donnie McClurkin' (1996) Warner Alliance 9 46297-2 / Word
Donnie McClurkin released his first self-titled album under the Warner Alliance label with great success. The album is blessed with contributions from Helen Baylor, Abraham Laboriel, and Howard and Linda McCrary. Sharing in the production are , Mark Kibble (from Take 6), Cedric and Victor Caldwell, Andraé Crouch and Bill Maxwell. 'Speak To My Heart' is one of my particular favourites. He wrote it in 1982 and recorded earlier it with the New York Restoration Choir in 1989. But here you here his soft vocals with superb female backing and beautiful keyboards. The album received a Grammy nomination for 'Best Contemporary Soul Gospel'. The track 'We Fall Down' reached number 20 in the U.S. R&B charts.
|'Tis So Sweet' Chordant
Includes the song "I Am," used in 'The Prince of Egypt' film soundtrack.
|'McClurkin Project' (1999) Gospocentric
The McClurkin Project includes: Donnie McClurkin, Olivia McClurkin, Sheila, Tanya, Olivia, Donnie, Andrea, Murl and Carol.
|'Live in London and More' (2002) Verity 01241-43150 2
Includes the Dove Award winning song 'We Fall Down'. The album sayed at number one in the Gospel Charts for 37 weeks. Marvin Winans features on 'Who would've thought...'.
|'...Again' (2002) Verity 01241-43150 2
Includes my favourites 'Holy' and the beautiful duet with Yolanda Adams called 'The Prayer'. This won a Grammy award in 2004 for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album.
|'Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs' (2005) Verity
This double CD project debuting at number 1 on Billboard 's Top Gospel chart reached number 5 on the R&B charts. It has a rich collection of well known praise and worship songs and new pieces. Don't miss the multi-lingual track 'The Language Medley' including some popular songs in Japanese, Dutch, Spanish, Surinamese and Zulu. This album won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album. The album features Richard Smallwood on 'Total Praise', Dottie Peoples on 'I love to praise Him', Kirk Franklin on 'Ooh Child' and Joann Rosario on 'Saáciame señor yose que estáas aui'. ciame se
|'The McClurkin Project: We Praise You' (2007) Gospocentric 82876-69697-2
Includes an outstanding title-track.
|'The Essential Donnie' (2007) Verity
A double CD collection of his most popular songs.
|'We Are One: Live In Detroit' (2009) Verity 88697-36108-2
The album reached number 1 in the Gospel Charts. It includes the brilliant titke-track. Other tracks feature Karen Clark-Sheard on 'Wait on the Lord', and CeCe Winans, Yolanda Adams and Mary Mary on 'When you love'.
Donnie McClurkin official website: www.donniemcclurkin.com/
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