Donnie McClurkin

Donnie McClurkin (born November 9, 1959 in Amityville, New York) is a gospel music singer and minister. He has won two Grammy awards, ten Stellar awards, two BET awards, two Soul Train awards, one Dove award and one NAACP Image award for his work.

Early life

McClurkin was 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 and 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 Andraé 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.[

Radio and television

McClurkin struck a deal with advertising giant Dial-Global and syndicator Gary Bernstein, allowed him to launch the Donnie McClurkin Radio Program.  He built 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.”

In 2009 he also broadcast his own television show titled “Perfecting Your Praise” on cable television.   His television appearances include Good Morning America, CBS Saturday’s Early Show, and the View. He has also been featured in movies like “The Gospel”, “The Fighting Temptations” and television shows “Girlfriends” and “The Parkers.”


  • 2009 Attachments
  • 2009 We All Are One: Live in Detroit
  • 2008 Valley Of God
  • 2007 The Essential Donnie McClurkin
  • 2005 …Again [DualDisc]
  • 2005 Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs
  • 2003 …Again
  • 2000 Live in London and More…
  • 1996 Donnie McClurkin
  • Stand (1996)
  • Speak To My Heart (1996)
  • Love will never be (1996)
  • Lost without you (1997)
  • We Fall Down (1998) (with Kirk Franklin)
  • Love Melodies (1998)
  • We Love You, Lord (2000)
  • Some Day (2001) (with Kirk Franklin)
  • The Prayer (2003) (with Yolanda Adams)
  • I Call You Faithful (2005)
  • Reward (2007) (with Tye Tribbett, Da’ T.R.U.T.H.)
  • Wait on the Lord (2009)


  • Hopeville (2007)
  • The Gospel (2005)
  • Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
  • The Prince of Egypt (1998) wrote and sang “I Am” & “Humanity”
  • 25 Strong: The BET Silver Anniversary Special
  • The Donnie McClurkin Story: From Darkness to Light (2004)
  • Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem (2004)
  • The Fighting Temptations (2003)
Notable television appearances:
  • An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Stevie Wonder (2006)
  • 20th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards (2005)
  • 19th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards (2004)
  • 18th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards Preshow (2003)
  • 17th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards (2002)
  • Essence Awards (2003)
  • The Parkers (2002)
  • Girlfriends (2001)
  • 1st Annual BET Awards (2001)
  • Essence Awards (2001)
  • An Evening of Stars: A Celebration of Educational Excellence (2001)

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