Gospel music’s legendary Clark Sister with the jazzy vocals, the high octane energy on stage, fabulously funky fashions and the churchy midas touch on everything she touches Dorinda Clark Cole has officially announced her decision to sign with Light Records.
The highly respected member of the famed Grammy Award-winning family The Clark Sisters joins the growing imprint which currently features James “J.J.” Hairston & Youthful Praise, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Pastor Shirley Caesar and the recently announced Ricky Dillard & New G. That’s huge for the label and even bigger for Dorinda Clark Cole who’s developed her own sound distant from her sisters yet still as powerful, compelling and loved just as globally. As a matter of fact, let’s check out one of Dorinda’s most recent solo hits and take you back to her effortless style of blending contemporary and traditional gospel together for the masses. Think she can do it again? Of course she can – she is after all the one and only Dorinda Clark Cole! When was the last time you’ve seen Dorinda Clark Cole live in concert? If it hasn’t been recently, check this live selection featuring Dorinda Clark Cole singing “Take It Back” and taking us to church like only she can during her hometown stop in Detroit on the Verizon Wireless “How Sweet the Sound” tour.
DORINDA CLARK COLE – DISCOGRAPHY (SOLO) Dorinda Clark Cole – Dorinda Clark Cole (Released: GospoCentric Records, 2002) This self-titled solo debut album from Dorinda Clark-Cole became an instant smash among fans and gospel music aficionados as it burst onto the scene just in time to sizzle through the summer of 2002. With co-writing credits on five out of the twelve tracks, Dorinda explores contemporary vocal/musical arrangements on the opening jam “If It Had Not Been for the Lord” and the funky “I’m Coming Out.” She remains faithful to her traditional gospel roots on album favorites such as “You Can’t Hurry God” and “You Can’t Take My Joy.” Dorinda takes us straight to church where the saints are reminded that there’s “Nobody like Jesus” and shares her testimony as she ministers to the hearts of many on “I’m Still Here.” The album’s half live and half studio tracks give listeners young and old the true essence of Dorinda in all aspects and the accompanying live DVD (Dorinda Clark-Cole Live) only enhances the experience as she aptly journeys through the album’s chart-topping hits.
Dorinda Clark Cole – The Rose of Gospel (Released: GospoCentric Records, 2005) Recorded live during 2005’s Stellar Awards week, Dorinda’s latest project picks up where her debut left off with most of its eleven tracks (excluding the bonus spoken word track “The Word Becomes Flesh” showcasing Dorinda, the anointed preacher and evangelist) deeply imbedded in the old-time church Dorinda was born and raised in. The album’s thunderous entrance with “Great is the Lord” shows Dorinda’s creative vocal prowess at its best stacked overtop backing choir vocals from New Direction. Identifiable through this next phase of her ministry, Dorinda has clearly done it again. She continues to deliver encouragement, inspiration and empowerment on songs like the foot-stomping, hand-clapping “So Many Times,” the infectious horn-laced hit “Say Yes”, the relaxed adult-contemporary sound of “For the Rest of My Life” and the truly testimonial “Nobody but God.” Dorinda satisfies gospel tastes of all kinds with her unique brand of funky, jazz-influenced modern-day church music and keeps you wanting more from the appropriately renowned “Rose of Gospel.”
Dorinda Clark Cole – Take It Back (Released: GospoCentric Records, 2007) Gospel diva Dorinda Clark Cole returned to the spotlight with her blazing church jam and title track “Take It Back,” bringing audiences to their feet during her live concert experiences and kept us running to the stores to pick up a copy of this chart-topping project. With hits like “Make Me Real,” a subtle request in worship for God to keep each of us authentic in His perfect will and way, and the updated throwback hit which she wrote in the 80s, “Got To Hold On,” Dorinda’s vocal stylings have done nothing but grow stronger and stronger. She’s hitting notes we didn’t know she had in her and her skillful way of blending scripture and soaring arrangements are mind-blowing. Be sure to check out additional album highlights including Dorinda’s funky gospel dance hit “Return” featuring production by cousin J. Moss, “It’s Okay” with special guest appearances from Dorinda’s daughter Nikkia as well as her nieces Angel Chisholm and Kierra “Kiki” Sheard.
This is another power-packed offering from Dorinda Clark Cole you don’t want to miss.