@ Saamans Park (Kingdom Night) St. Lucia Jazz Festival
9 May 2007
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Donnie McClurkin was born and raised in Amityville, New York. As
a young man his home was plagued by violence, alcoholism and abuse.
With help and support from his aunt he would find a safe haven in
his church, Bethel Gospel Tabernacle, Assemblies of God. At the
age of nine McClurkin would make a firm commitment to Christ.
With the many negative influences that besieged McClurkin during
his childhood, music was one of the positive influences that assisted
in his quest for stability. In 1979, McClurkin formed the McClurkin
Singers with his siblings and a few close friends. With his calling
to preach growing stronger, he reached out to gospel legend Andrae
Crouch, who would become his friend and mentor.
In 1989, McClurkin formed the New York Restoration Choir. The choir
went on to record the album “I Feel Well”. The song
“Speak to my Heart” proved a big hit amongst the gospel
1996 would see McClurkin release his self-titled debut album on
Warner-Alliance Records. This album featured the hit song “Stand”
as well as a re-recorded “Speak to My Heart”, which
earned McClurkin two stellar awards, as well as Grammy, and Dove
In 1999, McClurkin recorded the album “Live In London”
at the Fairfield Hall in Croydon. This album became a best seller,
hitting the number one position on all the gospel charts. “Live
In London” would eventually reach platinum status, selling
After being an associate Pastor to Marvin L. Winans
for nearly a decade, McClurkin became ordained. He is now Senior
Pastor at Perfecting Faith, Located in Freeport, NY.
In 2001, McClurkin’s first book was published. “Eternal
Victim/Eternal Victor” reflects on his past and parallels
his family circumstances with biblical families.
2002 would see the release of McClurkin’s sophomore Verity
album at West Angeles Church of God In Christ.
McClurkin frequently ministers at some of America’s great
gatherings such as Promise Keepers, Carlton Pearson’s Azusa
Conferences, Benny Hinn crusades, TD Jakes Ministry events, as well
as Rod Parsley’s Dominion Camp Meetings. Some interesting
highlights of Donnie’s ministry are performing at the White
House before United States Presidents Bush, and Clinton. He has
made appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and has an award winning
song on the soundtrack of the animated film, The Prince of Egypt.
Donnie McClurkin feels his purpose in life is to worship God, and
to minister to people. He explains:
“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. 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.”