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Donnie McClurkin

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One of the major figures in gospel music in the 21st century, Donnie McClurkin occupies a territory that lies somewhere between the modern gospel of Kirk Franklin, the gospel soul of Andraé Crouch, and the contemporary traditionalism of Marvin Winans. McClurkin owes a significant personal and professional debt to Winans, as he served as an associate minister at Marvin's Perfecting Church prior to establishing his own Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, New York in 2001. By that point, he had one hit record under his belt -- an eponymous 1996 set for Warner Alliance -- and the Perfecting Church served as a foundation for McClurkin to not only build upon his musical career but to expand into television and film. Raised in Amityville, Long Island, Donnie McClurkin saw his fair share of trauma as a child. At the age of eight, he lost a younger brother in a hit-and-run accident, leading his parents to send him to a relative's house while they mourned. There, he was sexually abused by an older relative. The combination of these two events led McClurkin to turn to the Lord at an early age, devoting himself to worship at the age of nine. An aunt sang with Andraé Crouch and, inspired, he formed the McClurkin Singers while he was an adolescent; he would form the New York Restoration Choir, which recorded an album called I See a World, before he headed to Detroit to be an associate minister in 1989. While serving as associate minister, he signed with Warner Alliance, which released his self-titled debut in 1996. Featuring the hit "Stand" along with "Speak to My Heart," revived from the New York Restoration Choir record, Donnie McClurkin turned into a hit, winning a Grammy for Traditional Soul Gospel Album and earning Dove Award nominations; it would later be certified gold. This helped establish McClurkin as a star in his own right, leading to him contributing two songs to the 1998 animated film The Prince of Egypt, and he gained greater momentum with the 2000 release of Live in London and More..., which hit number one on the Billboard gospel chart on its way to platinum certification; it also gave him his only R&B crossover in the form of the single "We Fall Down." In 2001, he was ordained and founded the Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, New York; he remained there as a pastor as he continued to pursue careers on-stage, screen, and record. That year, McClurkin also published Eternal Victim, Eternal Victor, a memoir addressing all of the turmoil of his youth as well as his faith. In 2002, he co-hosted the Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards -- it would be the first of six -- and the following year he released his second album, Again; it went to number one on the gospel chart and was certified gold. Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs followed quickly in 2004 -- it was released on Zomba and would go platinum -- and that year also saw the release of the documentary The Donnie McClurkin Story: From Darkness to Light. He appeared in the 2005 film The Gospel and a live album called We All Are One (Live in Detroit) before he settled into a steady pattern of preaching and performing for the next few years. He resurfaced in 2014 on RCA Inspiration with the Duets album -- it debuted at number four on the gospel chart -- and in 2016 the same label issued The Journey (Live). Early 2019 saw McClurkin issue the single "Not Yet," which was inspired by surviving a serious automobile accident. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  2.   I Am Amazed featuring Erica Campbell
  3.   When You Love featuring Cece Winans
  4.   Caribbean Medley
  5.   We Fall Down
  6.   That's What I Believe
  7.   Great Is Your Mercy
  8.   The Prayer
  9.   We Are Victorious
  10.   Not Yet
  11.   Speak to My Heart
  12.   I Need You
  13.   Days of Elijah
  14.   I'm Walking
  15.   Who Would've Thought
  16.   Just for Me
  17.   Didn't You Know
  18.   Psalm 27
  19.   I'll Trust You Lord
  20.   Holy
  21.   I Do, I Do
  22.   Victory Chant (Hail Jesus)
  23.   Again
  24.   I Call You Faithful
  25.   All I Ever Really Wanted
  26.   Yes You Can
  27.   Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  28.   Stand
  29.   I'm Still Here
  30.   The Healing Song featuring Olivia McClurkin
  31.   Ooh Child by Kirk Franklin
  32.   Come with Me featuring Olivia McClurkin
  33.   Jesus Medley: I Love Jesus/I Love the Lord/Bless That Wonderful ...
  34.   Lord, I Lift Your Name On High
  35.   Create in Me a Clean Heart
  36.   Wait on the Lord
  37.   Yes We Can Can
  38.   There Is God
  39.   Some Children See Him
  40.   Encouraged by Justin Savage
  41.   Awesome God by Olivia McClurkin
  42.   You Are My God and King
  43.   We Are All One
  44.   The Great I Am
  45.   Choose to Be Dancing
  46.   The Valley of God
  47.   [Untitled Track]
  48.   Esus Medley: I Love Jesus/I Love the Lord/Bless That Wonderful Name of
  49.   I Love to Praise Him
  50.   Church Medley: We've Come This Far by Faith/I Will Trust in the Lord
  51.   [Untitled Track]
  52.   Total Praise
  53.   Blood Sermon
  54.   Only You Are Holy
  55.   Great and Mighty Is Our God
  56.   That's What I Blieve
  57.   Come, Let Us Go Back to God
  58.   So in Love
  59.   Special Gift
  60.   You Can't Hurry God
  61.   You Haven't Lived by Nancey Jackson
  62.   He's Calling You
  63.   Word Spoken by Olivia McClurkin
  64.   Trusting in You
  65.   The Herald Angels Sing
  66.   Just a Little Talk With Jesus
  67.   My Favorite Things
  68.   Caribbean Medley; I've Got My Mind Made Up\Goodbye World\Born Again\I Am Under the Rock\Jesus Name So Sweet
  69.   I Will Follow You
  70.   My Help
  71.   Medley: Just for Me/I'll Trust You; Just for Me\I'll Trust You
  72.   All About the Love
  73.   Let It Go by Dorinda Clark-Cole
  74.   Write My Name by Dorinda Clark-Cole
  75.   Anytime by John P. Kee
  76.   God Sees
  77.   Come As You Are
  78.   Praise Him by Olivia McClurkin
  79.   I Am the Lord by Olivia McClurkin
  80.   Be There for You by Olivia McClurkin
  81.   All I Need by Olivia McClurkin
  82.   Purple (Intro)
  83.   All We Ask
  84.   Let Your Glory Fill This Place by T.D. Jakes
  85.   Language Medley: As the Deer/Great Is Thy Faithfulness/Nkosi Sikel' i Africa/God Is a Good God/Gozo en Mi Alma
  86.   Blood Medley: At the Cross/Down at the Cross (Glory to His ...)
  87.   Draw Me Close/I Am Thine Oh Lord (Draw Me Nearer)
  88.   Agnus Dei
  89.   King Inside of Me
  90.   Show Me Your Face
  91.   Heart to Soul
  92.   Church Medley: Living, He Loved Me (One Day)/Send It on ...
  93.   Intro
  94.   We Expect You
  95.   Jesus, The Mention of Your Name
  96.   Search Me Lord
  97.   Holy, Holy, Holy
  98.   Awesome God
  99.   I Will Sing
  100.   Here With You
  101.   Sáciame Señor/Yo Se Que Estás Aquí (Satisfy My Soul/I Know That ...) by JoAnn Rosario
  102.   My Past by Tramaine Hawkins
  103.   Donnie's Christmas Songs
  104.   Hallelujah Song
  105.   Let the River Flow
  106.   [Untitled Track]
  107.   Language Medley
  108.   Home Someday
  109.   Cain by Olivia McClurkin
  110.   Wait On The Lord by Karen Clark-Sheard
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