Gospel Great Dorinda Clark-Cole Releases New Album; Debuts on ‘Preachers of Detroit’
Dorinda Clark-Cole is one of the busiest women in gospel music, but one would never guess with the calm grace she shows or the powerful vocal performances she gives.
The Grammy Award gospel singer’s music and entertainment presence comes full circle with this week’s release of her fifth solo album, her debut tonight on Oxygen Network’s “Preacher of Detroit” and performing the closing for the 23rd Trumpet Awards airing Sunday.
The 57-year-old Detroit resident and native is a three-time Grammy Award-winner who has been juggling a busy schedule for more than two decades.
She is an administrator at the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Bishop J. Drew Sheard. As an evangelist, she faithfully serves her home church and is a doting wife, mother of two grown children and a new grandmother.
In addition to her solo career, she also records and performs as a part of Grammy Award-winning gospel group The Clark Sisters, which consists of Clark-Cole and her sisters Jacky Clark Chisholm, Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark-Terrell and Karen Clark Sheard.
Her busy slate includes hosting “Gospel According to Dorinda” on the Word Network; hosting the syndicated “The Dorinda Clark-Cole Show” on radio; hosting TCT’s “Dorinda Show” and “Celebrate Live”TV shows.
She also has her own clothing line, The Rose Collection.
Her fifth solo album, “Living It,” is just out — her second release on Light Records.
“So many things have happened in my life that really brought me to a place of living firsthand the faith that I have sang, talked and preached about for so long,” she said. “After almost losing my house in a fire and then almost losing it to foreclosure, I have seen God restore and recover so many things in my life that I can really say that I am living it — the it being true faith, true dependence on God, true deliverance, true peace.”
Her current gospel single, “Bless This House,” is a ballad that flourishes with rich Sunday morning chords and passionate, emotional lyrical delivery. The song is a cry out to the Lord for a divine refreshing, asking Him to “bless my house, as I bless you.”
She acknowledges that, particularly because of her traveling ministry.
“I almost lost my house. My house caught on fire. Yet, I am still ministering,” she said. “So, the song is saying, as I travel, ‘Lord, bless this house, as I bless you. As I help someone else out of what they’re going through bless my house, as I bless you. Lord, please bless my children. I need you to bless my house.’”
‘Preachers of Detroit’
For “Preachers of Detroit,” Clark-Cole is one of the featured preachers appearing on the show, which is the first “Preachers” franchise to highlight women pastors. It airs at 8 p.m. EST tonight.
She is optimistic the show will put a positive light on her beloved hometown.
“There has been so much negative news coming out of the city of Detroit, and the city really is struggling. I think ‘Preachers’ will show that there is indeed a spiritual undergirding in the city that will be instrumental in it getting back on solid footing,” she says.
On Saturday, Clark-Cole can be seen on The Trumpet Awards taped in January and airing at 8 p.m. EST Saturday on TV One, with her performing “Shout” by the Isley Brothers.
In addition to the Isley Brothers, the Trumpet Awards are honoring Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Brock, Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald, actor-singer-entertainer-entrepreneur Jamie Foxx, fashion designer and Tommy Hilfiger Corp. founder Tommy Hilfiger, singer-songwriter-composer-producer Janelle Monáe, Morehouse University School of Medicine President Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, Fox Rothschild President of Community Affairs Guy Vickers and FOCOL Holdings Chairman Franklyn Wilson.