Donnie McClurkin is an international Gospel Superstar whose voice and image is now recognized around the world. He has performed for kings, queens, and presidents. While known as a premiere figure in Gospel Music, he is first and foremost a humanitarian, teacher, and man of God. Pastor McClurkin served as an assistant to Pastor Marvin Winans at Detroit's Perfecting Church for over a decade. He was ordained and sent out by Bishop Winans in 2001 to establish Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, Long Island, where he is now Senior Pastor.
Born and raised in Amityville, New York. When he was eight years old, his two-year-old brother was hit and killed by a speeding driver. This greatly impacted the McClurkin family. The night of the funeral, McClurkin's uncle raped him. Domestic violence and drug abuse took hold in the family. At the age of thirteen, McClurkin was again raped, this time by his cousin, his uncle's son. McClurkin found comfort through an aunt who sang background vocals with gospel music musician Andra? Crouch. After staying close to Crouch throughout his boyhood, he began to play piano and sing with his church youth choir. He formed the McClurkin Singers by the time he was a teenager, and later formed another group, the New York Restoration Choir.
While serving as Assistant Pastor minister at Marvin Winans' Perfecting Church, life once again slowed to normal, and then suddenly, in 1991, a sharp pain and swelling, followed by internal bleeding, led, he says, to a diagnosis of leukemia. The doctor suggested immediate treatment, but Pastor McClurkin, who was then 31, decided to take another path. Looking back now, Pastor McClurkin concedes that he was afraid but says that he had to take his own advice. "I tell people to believe that God will save you," he says, " I had to turn around and practice the very thing that I preached."
A friendship with a Warner Alliance executive resulted in his signing to the label for his 1996 self-titled LP, with producers Mark Kibble (of Take 6), Cedric and Victor Caldwell plus Andra? Crouch. The disc, which featured the perennially popular "Stand," went gold shortly after being publicly lauded by Oprah Winfrey.At the 48th annual Grammy Awards, he won a grammy in the category Traditional Soul Gospel Album, for "Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs". In 2004, he sang at the Republican National Convention. In 2007, he sang at a concert for then Presidential Candidate, Barack Obama.
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