Donnie McClurkin certainly possesses a deep well of Christian devotion, not to mention a mighty, rumbling voice. On PSALMS, HYMNS & SPIRITUAL SONGS, the pastor/singer is joined by nearly 6,000 people packed inside Virginia's Rock Church. The energy of this rapt crowd is evident during the celebratory concert captured on this aptly named double-album.
The first disc of PSALMS, HYMNS & SPIRITUAL SONGS is straightforward, as McClurkin treads in traditional gospel fashion, singing standards and beautiful self-penned songs of praise (including the rousing "I Will Sing") to the crowd's relentless pleasure. The second disc unfolds a bit more unpredictably, as McClurkin breaks into impromptu medleys and leads a playful discussion about spreading the gospel to the world. In addition to multilingual songs, he gives an open-minded sermon of Christianity and tolerance. An added bonus on PSALMS, HYMNS & SPIRITUAL SONGS is a duet with gospel icon Kirk Franklin on the timeless secular song of hope, "Ooh Child."