Donnie McClurkin Biography
Donnie McClurkin is an American gospel singer and minister. He is one of the top-selling gospel artists, selling over 10 million albums worldwide.
Donnie McClurkin Age
McClurkin is 64 years old as of 2023. He was born (Donald Andrew McClurkin, II) on November 9, 1959, in Copiague, New York in the United States of America. McClurkin celebrates his birthday on the 9th of November every year.
Donnie McClurkin Height
McClurkin stands at an approximate height of 6 feet 0 inches.
Donnie McClurkin Family
McClurkin was born and raised in Copiague, New York in the United States of America. He was brought up along with his brother and sisters. Unfortunately, when he was eight years old his two-year-old brother was hit and killed by a speeding driver. Soon after they lost him, the family experienced turmoil. McClurkin was never lucky, he was a victim of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of his great uncle, and years after that by his great uncle’s son.
In addition to his story, his two sisters dealt with substance abuse problems which led him to find solace in going to a church and, also through an aunt, Andraé Crouch of his who sang background vocals with a gospel musician. He had formed the McClurkin Singers by the time he was a teenager. Later, he formed another group, the New York Restoration Choir, with recordings from as early as 1975.
Donnie McClurkin Wife
McClurkin entered into a relationship with CCM singer-songwriter Nicole C. Mullen in 2016. During his interview on TV One’s Unsung in 2021, he spoke about his relationship with Mullen, explaining that he had never had a long-term relationship. He believes that this, as well as his previous relationships with men and women, had made him oblivious about what women want in a relationship. McClurkin stated that he is concerned that he may never marry.
He is a proud father to Matthew. Matthew was born in 2000. In addition to that, he related to singer Marsha McClurkin of the short-lived new jack swing group Abstrac.
Donnie McClurkin Net Worth
McClurkin has an estimated net worth ranging between $1 Million – $5 Million which he has earned from his successful career as a gospel singer and minister.
Donnie McClurkin Awards
Throughout his career, he has received several awards and honors. These awards include one NAACP Image Award, one Dove Award, two Soul Train Awards, two BET Awards, ten Stellar Awards, and three Grammy Awards.
Donnie McClurkin Radio and television
McClurkin was signed to radio syndication, “Tom Versen and Tony Sisti of T&T Creative,” dealing with advertising giant Dial-Global and syndicator Gary Bernstein. It provided a mobile recording studio in Pastor Donnie’s church that he can also take on the road. McClurkin was 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 beautiful people.”
Donnie McClurkin Ministry
In 1989, he began working at Marvin Winans’ Perfecting Church in Detroit, Michigan as an associate minister. He also worked for more than ten years as an assistant to Winans.
Donnie McClurkin leukemia
Minister McClurkin found himself in a position to practice what he was preaching to people. In 1991, he experienced internal bleeding, swelling, and sharp pain. That’s when he was diagnosed with leukemia. The doctor suggested immediate treatment, but he decided to take his own advice. By then he was only 31 years old, still young.
“I tell people to believe that God will save you, and I had to turn around and practice the very thing that I preached.” He was ordained and sent out by the Winans in 2001 to establish Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, New York, where he is now Senior Pastor.
Donnie McClurkin Music
His 1996 self-titled LP was a result of his friendship with a Warner Alliance executive with producers Victor Caldwell plus Andraé Crouch, Cedric, Mark Kibble of Take 6, and Bill Maxwell. Oprah Winfrey publicly lauded McClurkin’s disc, which featured the perennially popular “Stand,” and went gold shortly.
He is well known for his hit songs We Fall Down and Stand. The songs were played in heavy rotation on both Gospel and Urban radio. In addition to that, his three solo albums have topped the Billboard charts. He won the category Traditional Soul Gospel Album, for “Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs” at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards.
In 2005, he released “Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs” dovetailing off the success of his near double-platinum selling album, “Live in London. He also released “We All Are One: Live In Detroit” in 2009 and it topped the Billboard charts across various musical genres. He includes a language medley: Japanese, Dutch, Spanish, and Russian in most live performances for the love he has for people and the desire to share gospel music, globally.
Donnie McClurkin Songs
The following are some of the songs that he has released;
- Not Yet 2019
- I Need You, Stand, and We Are Victorious featuring Tye Tribbett 2014
- I Am Amazed featuring Erica Campbell & Preashea Hilliard 2013
- Wait on the Lord featuring Karen Clark Sheard 2009
- Church Medley 2006
- Ooh Child and I call You Faithful 2005
- The Prayer featuring Yolanda Adams 2003
- We Fall Down 2000
- Speak to My Heart and Stand 1996