About | Donnie Mcclurkin Last updated(November, 2019)
Donnie Mcclurkin is an American gospel singer and minister.
Early Life - Donnie Mcclurkin
Donald Andrew McClurkin Jr. (Donnie Mcclurkin) born in Amityville, New York on November 9, 1959 to Donald McClurkin, Sr (Donnie Mcclurkin father). and Frances McClurkin (Donnie Mcclurkin Mother). McClurkin joined the choir at Amityville Full Gospel Tabernacle.
At the age of fifteen, he became a member of Benny Cummings and the King’s Temple Choir. McClurkin attended Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School.
Tragically, Donnie McClurkin did not have a picture-perfect childhood. Instead, his was a childhood of sexual abuse and confusion.
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 - Donnie Mcclurkin
He was hired, as an associate minister, at Marvin Winans' Perfecting Church in Detroit, Michigan, in 1989. Donnie McClurkin served as an assistant to Winans for over a decade.
In 1991, a sharp pain and swelling, followed by internal bleeding led, he says, to his being diagnosed as having leukemia. The doctor suggested immediate treatment, but McClurkin, who was then 31, decided to take his own advice. "I tell people to believe that God will save you," he says, "[and] I had to turn around and practice the very thing that I preached."
He was ordained and sent out by the Winans in 2001 to establish Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, New York, where he is now Senior Pastor.
A friendship with a Warner Alliance executive resulted in his signing to the label for his 1996 self-titled LP, with producers Bill Maxwell, Mark Kibble of Take 6, Cedric and Victor Caldwell plus Andraé 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 in the category Traditional Soul Gospel Album, for "Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs". 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.
Dovetailing off the success of his near double-platinum selling album,"Live in London and More" McClurkin released "Psalms,Hymns and Spiritual Songs" in 2005 and "We All Are One: Live In Detroit" in 2009 which also topped Billboard charts across various musical genres.
McClurkin's love for people and desire to share gospel music, globally, is the reason he includes a language medley: Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and Dutch in most live performances.
Other Achievement | Radio and Television - Donnie Mcclurkin
Tom Versen and Tony Sisti of T&T Creative signed Donnie McClurkin to a radio syndication deal with advertising giant Dial-Global and syndicator Gary Bernstein.
T&T Creative provided a mobile recording studio in Pastor Donnie's church that he can also take on the road. He is quoted as saying, "As much as I love music and singing, I really love doing radio and the direct feedback I get from my listeners all over the country. I never thought I would be having this much fun doing radio and I could touch and impact so many beautiful people."
In 2009, he also broadcast his own television series, Perfecting Your Faith, on cable television. His television appearances include Good Morning America, CBS’s The Early Show, The View, Girlfriends and The Parkers. He has also been featured in such films as The Gospel and The Fighting Temptations. He played a Single Man or a Church Pastor.
Personal Life - Donnie Mcclurkin
McClurkin, in 2002, told a Christian website that, due to the sexual abuse, he had struggled with homosexuality. "McClurkin believes he "turned" gay because of childhood molestation, but was able to reverse his orientation through will and prayer." He also said that he had rejected that "lifestyle": "I’ve been through this and have experienced God’s power to change my lifestyle. I am delivered and I know God can deliver others, too."
McClurkin's listing as a headlining performer for then-Senator Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential campaign stirred controversy because of his views on homosexuality. As a result McClurkin was removed from the performance roster but he still performed at one of the concerts.
In August 2013, McClurkin was disinvited from the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom as his ex-gay status was seen as disruptive. In 2015 he spoke out against same-sex marriage in response to the U.S. Supreme Court making it legal nationwide.
DONNIE MCCLURKIN EX WIFE AND CHILDREN?In 2000, Donnie fathered a son. Though never married to Matthew's mother, Kim, McClurkin worked hard to be a part of his son's life. The following year, he adopted a 9-year-old daughter named Michelle.
WHO IS DONNIE MCCLURKIN PRESENTLY MARRIED TO? - In 2016, it was reported that McClurkin had entered a relationship with CCM singer-songwriter Nicole C. Mullen.
Donnie Mcclurkin and Spouse (Nicole C Mullen)
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