Today Monday October 19, we celebrate three time Grammy award winning gospel singer songwriter, talk show host, and evangelist, Dorinda Clark Cole.
Proudly one of the most gifted vocalists in the music world today, dubbed the “Rose of Gospel Music” she was born the second from the youngest of The Clark Sisters. Together with her sisters Karen, Twinkie, Jacky, and Denise, they sang in their father’s church and usually performed songs written and composed by their mother.
Clark-Cole, a mezzo-soprano is referred to as the “jazzy sister” of the group.
Dorinda credits her mum Dr. Mattie Moss-Clark, for discovering her singing and preaching talent quite early age in the 1960’s and 70’s.
A noted speaker, she has been evangelizing and juggling hundreds of speaking engagements annually for over twenty years. She ministers nationally as well as internationally in countries such as England, Japan, Germany, France, Korea and South Africa. She made history in South Africa, having been the first woman to minister in the pulpit to over 4,000 people. Dr. Cole currently serves as Assistant to the Elect Lady of the Evangelism Department of the Church. She is a also member and administrator at the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God.
Clark-Cole released her self-titled solo debut, Dorinda Clark-Cole, in June 2002 on Gospo Centric Records/Zomba Label Group. It won two Stellar Awards and a Soul Train Lady of Soul Award (Best Female Gospel Artist). The album featured the hit single “I’m Coming Out”. Her second album, The Rose of Gospel, was released under the same label in August 2005. The album debuted in Billboard’s top 5 on the Gospel charts and garnered a Grammy Nomination for the Best Traditional Soul Gospel album and won 2007 and 2009 Stellar Award for the Best Female Artist of the Year. Clark–Cole also released her third solo album titled Take It Back on April 15, 2008.
Clark with the group has appeared nationally on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, ABC’s The View, Bobby Jones Gospel, Lift Every Voice, Gospel Superfest, TBN’s Praise the Lord, The Stellar Awards and The Lady of Soul Awards.
Happy Birthday Queen! Keep aging with grace.