Donnie McClurkin (born November 9, 1959 in Amityville, New York) is a Grammy Award-winning American gospel music singer and minister.
Donnie McClurkin is an international Gospel Superstar whose voice and image is now recognized around the world. He has performed for kings, queens, and presidents. While known as a premiere figure in Gospel Music, he is first and foremost a humanitarian, teacher, and man of God. Pastor McClurkin served as an assistant to Pastor Marvin Winans at Detroit's Perfecting Church for over a decade. He was ordained and sent out by Bishop Winans in 2001 to establish Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, Long Island, where he is now Senior Pastor.
Born and raised in Amityville, New York. When he was eight years old, his two-year-old brother was hit and killed by a speeding driver. This greatly impacted the McClurkin family. The night of the funeral, McClurkin's uncle raped him. Domestic violence and drug abuse took hold in the family. At the age of thirteen, McClurkin was again raped, this time by his cousin, his uncle's son. McClurkin found comfort through an aunt who sang background vocals with gospel music musician Andra?© Crouch. After staying close to Crouch throughout his boyhood, he began to play piano and sing with his church youth choir. He formed the McClurkin Singers by the time he was a teenager, and later formed another group, the New York Restoration Choir.
While serving as Assistant Pastor minister at Marvin Winans' Perfecting Church, life once again slowed to normal, and then suddenly, in 1991, a sharp pain and swelling, followed by internal bleeding, led, he says, to a diagnosis of leukemia. The doctor suggested immediate treatment, but Pastor McClurkin, who was then 31, decided to take another path. Looking back now, Pastor McClurkin concedes that he was afraid but says that he had to take his own advice. "I tell people to believe that God will save you," he says, " I had to turn around and practice the very thing that I preached."
A friendship with a Warner Alliance executive resulted in his signing to the label for his 1996 self-titled LP, with producers Mark Kibble (of Take 6), Cedric and Victor Caldwell plus Andra?© 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 a grammy in the category Traditional Soul Gospel Album, for "Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs". In 2004, he sang at the Republican National Convention. In 2007, he sang at a concert for then Presidential Candidate, Barack Obama.
Pastor McClurkin is best known for his hit songs ???Stand??? and ???We Fall Down??? which are played in heavy rotation on both Gospel and Urban radio. Indeed, he has quickly become a core artist in both formats. His three solo albums have topped the Billboard charts. With that type of popularity, it should come as no surprise that Pastor McClurkin's list of awards and accolades includes two Grammy awards, ten Stellar awards, two BET awards, two Soul Train awards, one Dove award and one NAACP Image award.
Dovetailing off the success of his near double-platinum selling live album, Pastor McClurkin released ???We All Are One: Live In London??? in 2009 which also topped Billboard charts across various musical genres. His most recent tour with CeCe Winans was so well-received that he is eager to get back on the road to reconnect with his fans, especially the ones that listen to his radio show every day in over 25 markets. He performed tracks on his last live album in Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and Dutch.
Pastor McClurkin struck a deal with advertising giant Dial-Global and syndicator Gary Bernstein, allowed him to launch the Donnie McClurkin Radio Program with unprecedented ratings in markets as big and diverse as New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Norfok, Memphis, and Baton Rouge, just to name a few. His love of radio has led to him building a mobile recording studio in his 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 people. Trust me, I read every single e-mail and respond both in writing and on the radio to all my listeners."