Donnie McClurkin Wins a Grammy

Verity recording artist, Donnie McClurkin, is on roll. He just landed his first Grammy Award, for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Artist. “This is such a surreal experience, it’s hard to believe that it’s really happening. I’m so grateful to God, it’s a real honor to win and to have people classify you as the artist of choice,” says McClurkin. Unfortunately, due to this raspy tenor’s heavy schedule he won’t have time to relish in the moment. McClurkin is also nominated in the Outstanding Gospel Artist category for the 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards, which will also feature him as a performer. The show will tape at the Universal Amphitheater on March 6th and air on FOX-TV Thursday, March 11 at 8:00pm.
McClurkin has three songs on the movie soundtrack for Tom Hank’s upcoming film, “The Lady Killer”. The CD is being produced by the famed Coen Brothers & T- Bone Burnett team that scored the “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou” soundtrack. Included in the CD production is veteran producer, Bill Maxwell. The film and soundtrack are set for a March 2004 release.
On the heels of all McClurkin’s successes, he finds himself in the planning stages of his first featured film for 20th Century Fox, that will also star friend and peer, Kirk Franklin. The light hearted, family friendly film, is tentatively set to start taping this year. And for those who want to experience Donnie in a live setting, a summer tour is in the works for July and August featuring, Contemporary Christian artists, Israel Haughton and Martha Munizzi. As if all that wasn’t enough, McClurkin is now writing and preparing songs for his next release which he’ll start recording in Fall 2004.


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