The Pentecostal Temple of the Apostolic Faith is welcoming award-winning gospel singer Donnie McClurkin to the stage Friday night as part of its 39th Pastoral Anniversary Celebration.
McClurkin has won three Grammy awards, 10 Stellar awards, two BET awards, two Soul Train awards, one Dove award and one NAACP Image award. According to McClurkins website, even though he has declared that he may at any moment cease making music to concentrate fully on his passion for ministering, (he) can never stay away long from recording profoundly uplifting music for the soul.
Currently touring in support of his new release, We All Are One (Live in Detroit), McClurkins latest offering is a boldly eclectic collection, and includes the powerful opener Trusting in You and the lilting call and response vibe of You Are My God and King to the soul-soothing Let the River Flow and a duet with Karen Clark-Sheard for Wait on The Lord, according to his website.
However, McClurkin said on his website that hes most excited about the track When You Love.
Thats one of my favorites, he said. We must remember that God didnt just make us spirit. He made us body, mind and spirit. The song is inspirational -- derived from the gospel -- but based solely on love ... how to love, what to do when you love, how to act when youre in love. ... It lifts men and women out of the lust thats all over the radio and into commitment, romance, even respecting your elders -- the whole gamut. ... Its a beautiful song without any risque, ambiguous or alternative messages. This is simply about the heart of God and how he wants us to learn to love purely.
We are very excited to have Mr. McClurkin here to share his faith and give us a performance to remember, said Nicholas Farley, media director for the Pentecostal Temple of the Apostolic Faith. Donnie McClurkin is such an inspiration.
McClurkin said he finds music an excellent way to share his faith.
Ive always been in awe of God, he said on his website. I didnt want anything on my latest offering, We All Are One, to reflect suffering or climbing up that mountain in the way to which traditional black gospel is accustomed. I wanted to luxuriate in and celebrate in the greatness of God.
Donnie McClurkin in concert
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Pentecostal Temple of the Apostolic Faith, 928 Anthony Road
Information: 478-747-1735; www.thetemplemacon.org