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Pastor Donnie McClurkin - Music
By Rych McCain International/Nationally Syndicated Entertainment Columnist
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Pastor Donnie McClurkin
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Pastor Donnie McClurkin has been through a life that many weaker people would have fallen through the cracks if they had to deal with what he had to endure. As a youngster things started to unravel when his two year old brother was hit and killed by a car because he was chasing after McClurkin who had run into the street to retrieve a ball with which they were playing. Subsequently the parents blamed him and his mom and dad began to fight with each other. At eight, McClurkin was molested by a great uncle and five years later molested by that same uncle’s son. As a result, several years of sexual orientational confusion resulted and as he described it, cast him in the hell of homosexuality. But with God’s mercy and grace as well as good spiritual guidance from men of faith, he overcame it and a serious health issue.
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Soon after McClurkin signed with several record labels releasing hit after hit that resulted in two gold and two platinum albums, a string of hit singles and numerous industry awards.
McClurkin continues, “Now ‘My Past,’ that’s a song that I wrote and I wrote it with Tramine (Hawkins) in mind because I’ve always been close to Tramaine and her husband Bishop Walter Hawkins. Since Walter’s passing three years ago, there’s nobody who could write for Tramaine like Walter Hawkins and when I wrote that song I wrote it with that kind of signature. The Lord gave the essence of what the song was going to say about the past has got to be gone in order for us to move into our future.” Is it tough being a pastor and having a music career at the same time? Than has got to be a plate full. McClurkin chuckles, “No not really because you have good people. You have good people on the road and in church with you who are geared to do what they are supposed to do.”
The old folks used to call secular music the so-called devil’s music and would ostracize anyone who sang outside of the church. Does McClurkin see a battle between secular and sacred music in light that the two seem to be merging closer together? He comes to life on this one saying “There is no battle between it at all. The secular is just that. It doesn’t deal with God or godliness. Sacred music deals with God and godliness. The secular musician and singer most likely comes out of the church so there is a link. I don’t believe those that are Christians should indulge in the secular music that doesn’t represent our lifestyle. But I do believe that those who are singing secular music can sing the music of the kingdom that represents the Christian lifestyle and value.”
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