Donnie McClurkin

Donald Andrew "Donnie" McClurkin, Jr. (born November 9, 1959) is an American gospel singer and minister. He has won three Grammy Awards, ten Stellar Awards, two BET Awards, two Soul Train Awards, one Dove Award and one NAACP Image Awards. He is one of the top selling Gospel music artists, selling over 10 million albums worldwide. Variety dubbed McClurkin as a “Reigning King of Urban Gospel”.

Early life

McClurkin was born in Chester, South Carolina. When he was eight years old, his two-year-old brother was hit and killed by a speeding driver. Soon after the loss, McClurkin experienced family turmoil due to the loss of his brother and shortly thereafter he was a victim of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of his great uncle, and years after that by his great uncle's son. Two of his sisters dealt with substance abuse problems, and that's when the young McClurkin found solace in his going to a church; and, also through an aunt of his who sang background vocals with gospel music musician, Andraé Crouch. By the time that he was a teenager, he had formed the McClurkin Singers, and later he formed another group, the New York Restoration Choir, with recordings from as early as 1975.


He was hired, as an associate minister, at Marvin Winans' Perfecting Church in Detroit, Michigan, in 1989. 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 there is no First Lady, but 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.

Radio and television

Tom Versen and Tony Sisti of T&T Creative signed 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."[19]

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 ShowThe ViewGirlfriends and The Parkers. He has also been featured in such films as The Gospeland The Fighting Temptations. He played a Single Man or a Church Pastor.

Personal life

McClurkin, in 2002, told a Christian website that, due to the sexual abuse, he had struggled with homosexuality. 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."

In 2016, it was reported that McClurkin had entered a relationship with CCM singer-songwriter Nicole C. Mullen.


Studio albums

Live albums




  • Live in London and More... (VHS) (2001)
  • Again (VHS) (2004)
  • Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs (VHS) (2005)

Music Videos

  • "Stand"
  • "We Fall Down"
  • "The Prayer" (with Yolanda Adams)
  • "Ooh Child" (with Kirk Franklin)
  • "I Need You"



  • 1998: The Prince of Egypt (wrote and sang "I Am" & "Humanity")
  • 2003: The Fighting Temptations
  • 2004: Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem
  • 2004: The Donnie McClurkin Story: From Darkness to Light
  • 2005: The Gospel


  • 2002: 17th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards – co-host
  • 2004: 19th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards – co-host
  • 2005: 20th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards – co-host
  • 2006: 21st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards – co-host
  • 2006: An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Stevie Wonder (documentary)
  • 2009: 24th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards – co-host
  • 2010–15: BET's Sunday Best – judge
  • 2010: 25th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards – host


Over his storied career, McClurkin has won a number of awards, including three Grammy Awards, two BET Awards and two Soul Train Music Awards.


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