Life has many disappointments and heartbreaks, even for those who are among God's believers. For Pastor Donnie McClurkin, those hardships included a youth fraught with domestic abuse at the hands of his drug addicted caretakers and an early adulthood bout with leukemia. As someone who has equally enjoyed both life's many blessings and varied devastations, McClurkin is perhaps best equipped to speak to the masses who struggle daily to reconcile God's unconditional love with their painful challenges. This autumn, he returns to minister unto legions through Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs.
This newest release in McClurkin's catalog is traditional, high church, praise and worship gospel music exhibiting McClurkin's unique ability to simultaneously entertain and heal. Highlights include the beloved devotional "Crown Him with Many Crowns," widely performed by some of gospel's most seminal artists, but receiving new life and soaring to new heights when interpreted by McClurkin. Between songs, McClurkin intersperses anecdotes about his ministerial sojourns to these far-flung locations in perhaps one of the most humorous and moving recorded moments in gospel music.
Recorded live at The Rock Church in Virginia Beach, VA on July 16th, 2004, and backed by a live orchestra, this album is rich with hilarious commentary and poignant testimonies alike, certain to delight and move all those who partake. A companion VHS and DVD of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs will be simultaneously released. Gospel music fans will have the best seat in the house in which to watch and listen to the finest gospel music performances around the globe.
Following the rousing reception of gospel's most successful tour of all time, Hopeville, McClurkin is set to head back out on the road with fellow headliners Kirk Franklin and Yolanda Adams to reappear before some of the ninety cities and six million people the trio has already reached. In addition, McClurkin and his Hopeville partners will bring to the silver screen the much-awaited 20th Century Fox screen adaptation of Hopeville, currently in pre-production.
With a gold and a platinum album and critical acclaim from international audiences, it would be easy for a man of lesser conviction to abandon the course he's charted and succumb to the temptations of secular life. Pastor Donnie McClurkin has managed to keep his church and ministry at the forefront of his career. Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs is another cornerstone in the life and times of this dynamic spiritual leader.