Dorinda Grace Clark, also known as Dorinda Grace Clark-Cole, was born on October 19, 1957. She is a Grammy Award-winning gospel singer, songwriter, guitarist, talk show host, and evangelist. Clark-Cole is best known for being a member of The Clark Sisters, a family singing group, and for being the daughter of renowned choral director Mattie Moss Clark. Clark-Cole has won two Grammy Awards as a member of The Clark Sisters. Her nickname in the music industry is ‘The Rose of Gospel Music.’ Celebrate this music legend with us.
The late Elbert and Dr. Mattie Moss-Clark raised Dorinda Clark-Cole in Detroit, Michigan, where she was born on October 19, 1957. Together with her sisters Karen, Twinkie, Jacky, and Denise, she started singing at a young age. The sisters frequently sang songs written and composed by their mother at their father’s church.
Two Stellar Awards and a Soul Train Lady of Soul Award were given to her solo debut, “Dorinda Clark-Cole,” which was released on June 2002 under GospoCentric Records/Zomba Label Group. In August 2005, the same label published her second album, “The Rose of Gospel,” which debuted in the top five of Billboard’s Gospel charts, received a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album, and won the Stellar Award for Best Female Artist of the Year in 2007 and 2009, among other accolades. 2008 saw three Grammy awards for Clark-Cole as a member of The Clark Sisters. In early 2009, she performed ‘Nothing but the Truth’ at the installation of Sojourner Truth on Capitol Hill for First Lady Michelle Obama and other dignitaries. Along with her musical profession, being a wife, and mother, Clark-Cole has been evangelizing and giving speeches for over 20 years.
On December 2, 1978, she wed Gregory Cole; as a result of their union, they currently have two children and two grandkids. She offers both national and international ministry in places including South Africa, England, Japan, Germany, France, and Korea. The former spokesmodel for Donna Vinci Clothing, Clark-Cole is the new host of T.C.T. Network’s “Dorinda Show” and co-host of “Celebrate on the Road,” former host and now co-host of the Stellar Awards, and guest judge on Verizon’s “How Sweet The Sound.”
Two Stellar Awards and a Soul Train Lady of Soul Award are given to her self-titled album "Dorinda Clark-Cole," released in June 2002.
Her second album, "The Rose of Gospel,” debuts in the top five of Billboard's Gospel charts and receives a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album.
2008 sees three Grammy awards for Clark-Cole as a member of The Clark Sisters.
“In the Face of Change” is released under Harvestime Ministries.
She gives a performance of 'Nothing but the Truth' at the installation of Sojourner Truth on Capitol Hill for First Lady Michelle Obama and other dignitaries.
Why We Love Dorinda Clark-Cole
She is a music icon
Mezzo-soprano Clark-Cole, known as the group's ‘jazzy sister,’ contributed to the creation of ‘The Clark Sound,’ which frequently comprises quick and high melismas, riffs, runs, scats, and soulful growls. She credits her mother, who saw in her the ability to preach and sing at a young age, for her ferocious, convicting singing style.
Her ministerial work
Besides being a National Evangelist with a license, Assistant State Mother for the Michigan North Central Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, and the Elect Lady of the COGIC's International Evangelism Department since 2016, Clark-Cole is a pillar of the Church of God in Christ. Bishop Charles E. Blake appointed her to this position in 2016. She served as a professor at the Detroit-based Clark Conservatory of Music and currently serves as the Greater Emmanuel Institutional COGIC's ministerial administrator.
Her involvements are vast
Singing is just a part of her many activities. Not only has she put out many albums, but she is also a well-known preacher, fashion designer, radio and T.V. host, and now a reality T.V. star.
5 Surprising Facts
She launched a record
She created history in South Africa by being the country's first woman to preach in front of over 4,000 people.
She would have been a dancer
If Clark-Cole did not pursue a career in music, she claims she would be "dancing on Broadway."
She has a dream
Her dream is to sing with Celine Dion, Cher, and Bette Midler.
She had depression
During a rough time, the Gospel singer contemplated committing suicide by driving off a bridge.
She has an honorary Doctorate
The Gospel singer earned an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from a seminary in California.
Dorinda Clark-Cole FAQs
Is Dorinda Clark a pastor?
She is a minister and an administrator at the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ.
Is Dorinda Clark a twin?
No, there are no twins among the Clark sisters.
Did Dorinda Clark act on Broadway?
No, she didn’t. She chose a career in music.
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