Donnie McClurkin

Gospel | 2010

One of the all-time top-selling gospel music artists, selling more than 10 million albums worldwide, Donald McClurkin, Jr., was born in Amityville in 1959. By the time he was a teenager, he had formed the McClurkin Singers, and later he formed another group, the New York Restoration Choir. McClurkin served as an assistant to Pastor Marvin Winans at Detroit’s Perfecting Church for over a decade before he was ordained and sent out by Winans in 2001 to establish Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, where he is now senior pastor. His self-titled debut album, the first of four studio albums, was released in 1996, and he has also released three lives albums, the first two reaching No. 1 on the gospel chart. In 2017, McClurkin reached the top of Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart with “I Need You”—12 years after his “I Call You Faithful” topped the same chart in 2005. McClurkin has won three Grammys, 11 Stellar Awards, four BET Awards, two Soul Train awards, four NAACP Image Awards, and three Dove Awards, and he was a judge on BET’s Sunday Best for six years.

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