Los Angeles - One of Gospel music’s top male vocalists, Donnie McClurkin, returns to center stage with a new CD, We All Are One (Live In Detroit). The CD can be previewed on the site www.verityrecords.com. Recorded live in a city that embraces him as its own, the singer felt right at home. McClurkin, a resident of Detroit, MI for 12 years before returning to his home state of New York in 2001, had the wall-to-wall crowd on their feet the whole night.
"Even with Detroit’s transitions and hard situations, the church has always been a mainstay in the city," says McClurkin. "The church has always been that fulcrum to balance everything together. The mayor’s wife was at the recording, it was a powerful evening. It’s all a part of the healing that goes on in Detroit and I just thought it was the right place to do a recording thematically built around being there for one another."
We All Are One (Live In Detroit)
features some of McClurkin’s longtime friends and heavy-hitters from the gospel music world. He teams up with Mary Mary, CeCe Winans and Yolanda Adams on "When You Love;" while it’s all signed, sealed and delivered when McClurkin’s harmonies synch up with Detroit’s first lady of gospel, Karen Clarke Sheard, on the single "Wait on The Lord." McClurkin gives way for his outstanding background vocalists to shine as well: Duawne Starling captures your heart on "Home Someday" while Sherrie McGhee, Andrea Mellini and Nancy Jackson sink their chops into "All We Ask." "I want this CD to depict our dependency upon God as well as our dependency on each other and remind the listeners that - despite differing opinions, backgrounds, ethnicities, religious affiliations - we all are one," says the singer.
McClurkin has already left an indelible mark on the gospel music industry and can truly be considered a premier talent in the gospel genre. His singles "Stand" and "We Fall Down" paved the way for visibility outside the church community. Although "Stand" became an anthem in churches first, McClurkin’s broad television exposure helped to broaden his audience even more. The sophomore release, Live From London housed the second smash hit "We Fall Down," which sky rocketed when urban mainstream radio stations around the country started playing the single.
As if a musical career that has spawned a string of hit releases; numerous awards including two Grammy Awards, 10 Stellar Awards and countless other accolades is not enough, McClurkin hosts his own syndicated radio show. "The Donnie McClurkin Show" airs across the country and the internet (www.donnieradio.com), reaching over 5 million listeners. McClurkin has also managed to carve out time to do some missions work with the internationally recognized charitable organization, Feed The Children. In between all of that, he is also a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) assisting them in reaching the African -American Community. McClurkin’s role is to help educate individuals on the importance of proper diet and early screenings to possibly prevent diabetes and maintain good health. "I’ve always wanted to be involved in missions and to play a part in helping children around the world, and it’s my privilege to stand with both of these organizations and use the platform God has given me to help people," says McClurkin.
We Are All One (Live From Detroit)
is the manifestation of McClurkin’s musical prowess and pastor’s heart, and is sure to be a calming force in the lives of all the loyal fans anticipating this new release.