by Kim Jones
Born in Amityville, NY, Donnie McClurkin's world was characterized by violence and alcoholism. But there was a safe haven in the church and at nine, Donnie made a commitment to Christ. His youth was troubled, but he stood on the promises in scripture. "A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men." (Prov 18:16) "I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it" (Rev. 3:8).
In 1979 he formed the McClurkin Singers with his siblings and some close friends after feeling a call to music. He went on to meet gospel-legend Andrae Crouch, who became a mentor to him. Through that relationship, grew a friendship that would shape the entire course of Donnie's future.
In the 80's, he formed the New York Restoration Choir and in the 90's he went solo, releasing his debut project in 1996 and winning two Stellar Awards. His popularity in gospel music grew and his song "We Fall Down" won him a Dove Award in 2001.
Donnie McClurkin's message is clear, as real today as the day he committed his life to Christ: "I want to introduce Jesus Christ to the world, not as a religious leader, but as an intimate Friend who wants to radically change our lives," Donnie explains. "I want the world to know that we can sit down and embrace Him, He can embrace us, and He can handle any problem we are going through. He loves each of us individually, one by one."
Donnie McClurkin's new album, "We All Are One (Live In Detroit)" will be in stores and online March 31, 2009.
Eternal Victim, Eternal Victor
In 2001, Donnie released a book called "Eternal Victim, Eternal Victor". The book explained his 20-year experience with homosexuality, which started after being raped by an uncle, and how he recovered from that trauma and the life-style it threw him into. "Victims and victors have one thing in common-suffering -it is how one handles those events that classifies whether they are one or the other," says McClurkin.
Learn more about Donnie McClurkin by visiting his web site.
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