About | Donald Lawrence Last updated(November, 2019)
Donald Lawrence is an American gospel music songwriter, record producer and artist.
Early Life - Donald Lawrence
Donald Lawrence born on May 4, 1961 in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
Donald Lawrence studied at Cincinnati Conservatory, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in music. While in Cincinnati, he was also the Minister of Music at the Southern Baptist Church on Reading Road.
The multiple Grammy and Stellar Award winner has collaborated with a diverse roster, as vocal coach to the R&B group En Vogue, musical director for Stephanie Mills, songwriter for The Clark Sisters, and collaborator with a host of artists including Peabo Bryson, Kirk Franklin, Karen Clark Sheard, Donald Lawrence, and Mary J. Blige.
At the age of eight, two days after the funeral of his baby brother (who had been hit by a car), he was first raped by his great uncle. Five years later, he was raped by his great uncle's son. The sexual abuse against him and two of his sisters was only one symptom of a family coming apart.
By this point, his family was battling severe drug and alcohol abuse problems. Church was his only escape from it all.
McClurkin's aunt, a backup singer for Andrae Crouch, introduced him to the Gospel legend after Crouch performed at the Bethel Tabernacle in Jamaica, New York. That introduction lit the fire that fanned his love of music, but it did much more.
Crouch became his mentor, encouraging him in his music, corresponding with him and sharing Scriptures that helped him in ways Crouch couldn't know.
Donnie formed the New York Restoration Choir and they performed on street corners and in prisons. At a gospel music workshop and seminar, he met Rev. Marvin L. Winans and the (then) 24-year-old impressed Winans so much that he invited him to Detroit to help start a ministry.
Musical Career - Donald Lawrence
Lawrence took on The Tri-City Singers after a friend vacated his position as musical director.
(NOTE: The three cities that The Tri-City Singers come from are Spartanburg, SC, Gastonia, NC, and Charlotte, NC.)
The group debuted in 1993 with A Songwriter's Point Of View on a then-brand-new independent record label called GospoCentric Records.
The group's follow-up release Bible Stories would top those same charts when it arrived in 1995.
It was the first to be billed as Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers and featured black church-ubiquitous hits such as "A Message For The Saints", "I Am God" and "Stranger". The album was released on Lawrence's newly minted label Crystal Rose Records which was distributed through Sparrow Records.
In 1997, Donald Lawrence produced the live portion of Karen Clark Sheard's Grammy-nominated Finally Karen debut. Lawrence & Tri-City also released the seasonal Hello Christmas the same year.
Later, Lawrence signed a contract with the Island Records imprint Island Inspirational. Though a live recording did take place for release, the album never materialized.
In 2000, Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers signed to EMI Gospel. To promote the new album, a maxi CD of the lead single "Testify" to the mainstream. When tri-city4.com was finally released in late summer 2000, the set aroused a lot of view and likes and ranked #2 on top gospel websites.
The album also got a profile boost from the all-star standout "God's Favor", featuring vocal turns from Karen Clark Sheard, Kim Burrell, and Kelly Price.
Lawrence waited almost two years before delivering the follow-up Go Get Your Life Back in early 2002. "The Best Is Yet to Come (Donald Lawrence song)", a song sonically much in the vein of the previous smash "Testify," was chosen as the album's lead single.
This release featured guest appearances from Ann Nesby (formerly of Sounds of Blackness) and gospel pioneer Bishop Walter Hawkins. The momentum continued with the 2003 release of Restoring The Years, a greatest hits album featuring two new songs.
The next album would mark a fresh start for Donald Lawrence. I Speak Life was his first solo album, the debut for his newly inked recording contract with Verity Records, and also the first release under his new sublabel Quiet Water Entertainment. Though the album was without The Tri-City Singers, guest appearances were plenteous. Donald Lawrence, Hezekiah Walker, Faith Evans, Richard Smallwood, and Carl Thomas all contributed to the album.
Even jazz notables Ramsey Lewis and Lalah Hathaway were on hand for a remake of the Bible Stories classic "Don't Forget To Remember". The effort earned Lawrence a total of 7 Stellar Award nominations, and 6 wins.
In March 2006, The Tri-City Singers announced that they would retire, but not before one last live recording. Finale: Act One and Finale: Act Two were released simultaneously on April 4, 2006.
Each release was a CD/DVD set that chronicled the audio and video of one half of the concert, with packages that locked into one another respectively. A special edition of Finale was later released with both CDs and DVDs.
The blowout concert included guest appearances from Bishop Walter Hawkins, Karen Clark Sheard, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Daryl Coley, LaShun Pace, Darwin Hobbs, and many other gospel luminaries. The album's lead single "The Blessing Of Abraham" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance in December 2006.
His sophomore solo album, The Law of Confession Part I was released in February 2009. Donald said in an interview that The Law of Confession, Part II will be released soon, but he's focusing on other projects.
Donald Lawrence was featured on the title track "Released" by Bill Winston presents Living Word". He is also the host of Verizon's "How Sweet The Sound Choir Competition".
Albums - Donald Lawrence
YEAR - ALBUM TITLE - RANKED
1993 - A Songwriters Point Of View (The Tri-City Singers) (GospoCentric, 1993) (US Gospel #2)
1995 - Bible Stories (Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers) (Crystal Rose, 1995) (US Gospel #1, CCM #10)
1997 - Hello Christmas(Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers) (Star Song, 1997) (US Gospel #7)
2000 - tri-city4.com (The Tri-City Singers) (EMI Gospel, 2000) (US Gospel #2, Heatseekers #13)
2002 - Go Get Your Life Back (Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers) (EMI Gospel, 2002) (US Gospel #4)
2003 - The Best of Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers: Restoring the Years (EMI Gospel, 2003) (US Gospel #21)
2004 - I Speak Life (Donald Lawrence & Co.) (QWE/Verity, 2004) (US Gospel #2)
2006 - Finale: Act One (Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers) (EMI Gospel, 2006) (US Gospel #4)
2006 - Finale: Act Two (Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers) (EMI Gospel, 2006) (US Gospel #5)
2009 - The Law of Confession, Part I(Donald Lawrence & Co.) (Zomba/Verity Records, 2009) (US #72, US Gospel #2)
2011 - YRM (Your Righteous Mind)(Donald Lawrence & Co.) (Zomba/Verity Records, 2011) (US #41, US Gospel #1)
2013 - 20 Year Celebration, Vol. 1: Best for Last (Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers) (eOne, 2013) (US Gospel #1)
2018 - Goshen- Donald Lawrence and The Tri-City Singers Reunion album
Awards - Donald Lawrence
Stellar Awards 2006
Artist of the Year for I Speak Life
CD of the Year for I Speak Life
Producer of the Year for I Speak Life
Group/Duo of the Year for I Speak Life
Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year for I Speak Life
Contemporary CD of the Year for I Speak Life
Stellar Awards 2007
Artist of the Year for Finale: Act One
Choir of the Year for Finale: Act One
Producer of the Year for Finale: Act One
Contemporary CD of the Year for Finale: Act One
Contemporary Choir of the Year for Finale: Act One
Special Event CD of the Year for Finale: Act One
Music Video of the Year for Finale: Act One
Stellar Awards 2008
Producer of the Year for The Clark Sister - Live! One Last Time"22nd Annual Stellar Award Winners (2007)".
Personal Life - Donald Lawrence
Donald Lawrence has been in a relationship with Kim McFarland-Anderson. However, details on their affair are not much known through any sources.
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