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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Gospel Singer
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, but according to my mood
Favorite Food:
Jamaican
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
No Is As Good An Answer As Yes.

Birthplace

Born:
11/9/1959
Birth Location:
Copiague, New York

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Gospel Singer
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, but according to my mood
Favorite Food:
Jamaican
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
No Is As Good An Answer As Yes.

Birthplace

Born:
11/9/1959
Birth Location:
Copiague
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Biography

Gospel singer and pastor Donnie McClurkin was born on November 9, 1959 in Copiague, New York to Donald McClurkin, Sr. and Frances McClurkin. 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.

McClurkin formed the McClurkin Singers with his older sisters and a neighbor; and in 1983, the group performed with the Tri-Boro Mass Choir, led by Albert Jamison, who introduced McClurkin to gospel singer James Cleveland, who became a mentor to McClurkin. McClurkin made annual visits to Los Angeles, California to sing with Cleveland at Cornerstone Institutional Baptist Church. From 1987 to 1989, McClurkin sang in the chorus for the Broadway production of Don't Get God Started, which debuted at the Longacre Theatre in New York City. In 1989, McClurkin moved to Detroit, Michigan, where he and Pastor Marvin L. Winans co-founded Perfecting Church. With the choir, McClurkin recorded the songs “Speak to My Heart” and “We Worship You.” After signing with Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., McClurkin released his first self-titled solo album in 1996, which gospel singer and mentor Andrae Crouch helped to produce. In the late 1990s, McClurkin wrote songs for the animated film The Prince of Egypt, and signed a publishing contract with The Walt Disney Company. He also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and performed at the Grammy and Stellar Awards. His second album, Live in London and More, was number one on the U.S. Gospel Chart for more than forty weeks after its release in 2000.

McClurkin was ordained as a pastor by Marvin L. Winans in 2001. That same year, he established Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, New York, which started as a small bible study group. His weekly radio program, The Donnie McClurkin Show, debuted in 2006, and went on to broadcast in over seventy-five markets. From 2010 to 2015, McClurkin appeared as a judge on five seasons of BET’s Sunday Best. His discography includes Again (2003), Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs (2004), We Are All One (Live in Detroit) (2008), Duets (2014), and The Journey (Live) (2016).

McClurkin released his autobiography Eternal Victim, Eternal Victor in 2001; and was the subject of the subsequent biographical documentary From Darkness to Light: The Donnie McClurkin Story in 2004. McClurkin had a cameo role in the film The Fighting Temptations, and starred alongside actors Boris Kodjoe and Idris Elba in the movie The Gospel in 2005. His weekly television program Perfecting Your Faith began airing on The Word Network in 2009. McClurkin collaborated often with gospel singers Kirk Franklin and Yolanda Adams, including on the Hopeville tour, and received numerous awards for his music, including multiple Grammy, Stellar, Dove, and NAACP Image Awards.

Donnie McClurkin was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 6, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Donnie McClurkin's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Donnie McClurkin lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Donnie McClurkn describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Donnie McClurkin describes his mother's upbringing in New York City's Harlem neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Donnie McClurkin describes his mother's church community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Donnie McClurkin talks about how his maternal grandmother coped with her rape
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Donnie McClurkin describes his maternal grandparents' occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Donnie McClurkin remembers his neighborhood in Amityville, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Donnie McClurkin describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Donnie McClurkin describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Donnie McClurkin describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Donnie McClurkin talks about buying his paternal grandfather's property
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Donnie McClurkin describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Donnie McClurkin recalls visiting his paternal relatives in Chester, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Donnie McClurkin recalls being called a racial slur in kindergarten
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Donnie McClurkin describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Donnie McClurkin describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Donnie McClurkin lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Donnie McClurkin remembers celebrating Christmas with his family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Donnie McClurkin remembers singing his first church solo
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Donnie McClurkin describes his parents' relationship
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Donnie McClurkin talks about his mother's parenting methods
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Donnie McClurkin describes his relationship with his father, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Donnie McClurkin describes his relationship with his father, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Donnie McClurkin recalls the death of his younger brother, Thomas McClurkin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Donnie McClurkin describes his experience of childhood sexual abuse
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Donnie McClurkin recalls his family's move after his brother's death
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Donnie McClurkin remembers his religious conversion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Donnie McClurkin describes his early relationship with God
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Donnie McClurkin recalls meeting Andrae Crouch
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Donnie McClurkin describes Andrae Crouch's career as a gospel singer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Donnie McClurkin remembers his friendship with Andrae Crouch
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Donnie McClurkin recalls his commitment to the church
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Donnie McClurkin remembers his introduction to songwriting
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Donnie McClurkin recalls his first musical performance
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Donnie McClurkin recalls forming the McClurkin Singers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Donnie McClurkin remembers his experiences of bullying
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Donnie McClurkin remembers singing for James Cleveland, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Donnie McClurkin remembers singing for James Cleveland, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Donnie McClurkin recalls being offered a contract with Savoy Records
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Donnie McClurkin recalls singing at the Democratic National Convention and the White House
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Donnie McClurkin recalls his experiences in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Donnie McClurkin recalls struggling with his sexuality, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Donnie McClurkin recalls struggling with his sexuality, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Donnie McCLurkin recalls changing his lifestyle after his spiritual awakening
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Donnie McClurkin recalls how his sisters helped him with his sexuality
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Donnie McClurkin shares his views on homosexuality
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Donnie McClurkin describes his attitude toward homosexuality as a pastor, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Donnie McClurkin describes his attitude toward homosexuality as a pastor, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Donnie McClurkin shares a biblical story
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Donnie McClurkin describes his religious philosophy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Donnie McClurkin recalls his leukemia diagnosis
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Donnie McClurkin recalls his first performance at the Grammy Awards
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Donnie McClurkin recalls signing a recording contract with Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Donnie McClurkin describes the success of his debut album
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Donnie McClurkin remembers singing 'The Prayer' with Yolanda Adams
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Donnie McClurkin recalls writing songs for The Walt Disney Company
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Donnie McClurkin recalls signing a recording contract with Verity Records
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Donnie McClurkin reflects upon the success of his album, 'Live in London and More'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Donnie McClurkin talks about contemporary gospel artists
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Donnie McClurkin reflects upon his awards and accolades
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Donnie McClurkin talks about his son, Matthew McClurkin
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Donnie McClurkin talks about his adopted daughter
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Donnie McClurkin recalls founding the Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, New York
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Donnie McClurkin talks about his book, 'Eternal Victim, Eternal Victor'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Donnie McClurkin talks about the importance of mental healthcare in the black community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Slating of Donnie McClurkin's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Donnie McClurkin describes his early musical influences
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Donnie McClurkin describes his family's musical taste
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Donnie McClurkin recalls the television programs of his youth
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Donnie McClurkin describes his favorite musical groups of the 1970s
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Donnie McClurkin describes his musical inspiration
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Donnie McClurkin remembers the inspiration for his song, 'Stand'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Donnie McClurkin describes his relationship with God, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Donnie McClurkin describes his relationship with God, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Donnie McClurkin talks about struggling with desire
  • Tape: 8 Story: 11 - Donnie McClurkin shares his views on social labels
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Donnie McClurkin recalls his role in 'Don't Get God Started'
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Donnie McClurkin recalls his audition for 'Don't Get God Started'
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Donnie McClurkin talks about the Broadway production of 'Don't Get God Started'
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Donnie McClurkin remembers befriending Marvin Winans
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Donnie McClurkin describes the cast of 'Don't Get God Started'
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Donnie McClurkin recalls his move to Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Donnie McClurkin describes the community of Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Donnie McClurkin describes the history of gospel music in California
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Donnie McClurkin describes the musical success of the Winans family
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Donnie McClurkin talks about the famous gospel singers from Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Donnie McClurkin describes the Perfecting Church in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Donnie McClurkin describes the services at the Perfecting Church
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Donnie McClurkin describes the community programs of the Perfecting Church
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Donnie McClurkin describes the Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Donnie McClurkin recalls founding the Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, New York
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Donnie McClurkin remembers the support of Charles E. Blake, Sr.
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Donnie McClurkin remembers his challenges at the Perfecting Faith Church
  • Tape: 10 Story: 9 - Donnie McClurkin describes the growth of the Perfecting Faith Church
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Donnie McClurkin talks about his social media presence
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Donnie McClurkin recalls the responses to his book, 'Eternal Victim, Eternal Victor'
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Donnie McClurkin talks about his personal relationships
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Donnie McClurkin describes his friendship with Yolanda Adams
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Donnie McClurkin talks about 'The Donnie McClurkin Story: From Darkness to Light'
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Donnie McClurkin recalls his appearance in 'The Fighting Temptations'
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Donnie McClurkin recalls performing in the Hopeville gospel tour
  • Tape: 11 Story: 8 - Donnie McClurkin describes his work as an actor
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - Donnie McClurkin talks about 'The Donnie McClurkin Show'
  • Tape: 12 Story: 2 - Donnie McClurkin talks about the Donnie TV multimedia website
  • Tape: 12 Story: 3 - Donnie McClurkin recalls his role as a judge on BET's 'Sunday Best'
  • Tape: 12 Story: 4 - Donnie McClurkin talks about his support for emerging musical artists
  • Tape: 12 Story: 5 - Donnie McClurkin talks about his role as a father
  • Tape: 12 Story: 6 - Donnie McClurkin describes his relationship with his son
  • Tape: 12 Story: 7 - Donnie McClurkin recalls introducing his son to his fiancee
  • Tape: 12 Story: 8 - Donnie McClurkin talks about the contaminated water crisis in Flint, Michigan
  • Tape: 12 Story: 9 - Donnie McClurkin reflects upon the importance of community activism
  • Tape: 13 Story: 1 - Donnie McClurkin talks about the future of gospel music
  • Tape: 13 Story: 2 - Donnie McClurkin describes the problems with recording contracts
  • Tape: 13 Story: 3 - Donnie McClurkin talks about his skill as an actor
  • Tape: 13 Story: 4 - Donnie McClurkin reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 13 Story: 5 - Donnie McClurkin shares a message to young African American men, pt. 1
  • Tape: 13 Story: 6 - Donnie McClurkin describes the racial history of the United States
  • Tape: 13 Story: 7 - Donnie McClurkin reflects upon the recent police shootings
  • Tape: 13 Story: 8 - Donnie McClurkin shares a message to young African American men, pt. 2
  • Tape: 13 Story: 9 - Donnie McClurkin talks about the importance of interfaith cooperation
  • Tape: 13 Story: 10 - Donnie McClurkin talks about President Donald John Trump