For a man who has declared that he may at any moment cease making music to concentrate fully on his passion for ministering, Donnie McClurkin can never stay away long from recording profoundly uplifting music for the soul.
McClurkin’s pure love for the Lord has grown through crippling adversity that ultimately fortified his faith ten-fold. Born November 9, 1959, in Amityville, New York, his childhood home was mired in domestic violence and drug abuse until an aunt who sang with the great Andrae’ Crouch introduced him to the musical icon who in turn introduced him to his future. Young Donnie played keyboards with his church youth choir before forming the McClurkin Singers with relatives and friends in 1979. Following a calling to preach, he never loosened his grasp on music. In 1989 Donnie started the NY Restoration Choir and recorded the album I See A World, which contained the classic “Speak to My Heart.”
Two near-simultaneous events changed McClurkin’s life forever. Just as he was appointed as an associate minister at Marvin Winans’ Perfecting Church in Detroit, he also learned that he’d been stricken with leukemia. While battling the disease, Donnie was signed to Warner Alliance Records as a solo artist where he recorded his pivotal self-titled album, marked by a smooth sophistication in the production that couched his soaring tenor for a series of soul-stirring numbers. Through BeBe Winans, media mogul Oprah Winfrey learned of Donnie’s music and struggle, invited him on her top-rated TV show , a golden opportunity that catapulted his CD to #4 on the gospel charts, recognition beyond the church world and gold + sales. Donnie soon after signed to Verity Records where his first CD, Live in London and More, would far surpass his solo debut thanks to secular radio embracing his gracefully reassuring “We Fall Down”. The song met with international acclaim, made the Top 40 of Billboard’s R&B chart and rocketed past platinum sales of over one million copies sold instantly making Donnie among gospel’s best selling artists.
He earned a trophy case full of Dove and Stellar Awards plus other honors including an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Gospel Artist. In 2001 Donnie graduated to establishing his own Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, New York, all the while continuing to release the magnificent musical works Again (2003) and the double-CD Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs (2005) each one garnering the coveted Grammy Award.
He also leads workshops that introduce young African Americans to acoustic instruments and the works of Chopin and Bach without a Pro Tools in sight! It gives them inspiration to maybe pick up a viola or a cello that they may never have experienced within their monoculture.”
Still, at the end of the day, Donnie McClurkin has been and always will be a, card carryin’ member of the Church of God and Christ (COGIC).
“I’ve always been in awe of God,” Pastor Donnie McClurkin concludes. “I didn’t want anything on my latest offering, We All Are One, to reflect suffering or ‘climbing up that mountain’ in the way to which traditional Black gospel is accustomed. I wanted to luxuriate in and celebrate in the greatness of God.”
Myronda, a native of Mobile, Alabama, is a proud wife and mother. Her twenty-two plus years in radio broadcasting have taken her to WBLX-FM (93BLX) in Mobile, Alabama, KKDA-FM (K-104) in Dallas, Texas and KJMM-FM (Fresh Jamz 105) in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was Program Director for WBLX-FM radio station for seven years and hosted a radio public affairs show, “Community Corner,” which aired on four Mobile radio stations for several years. In 2009, Myronda joined the Radio One family in Atlanta, Georgia as a Production Assistant and on-air personality for WAMJ-FM (MAJIC 107.5/97.5). Her voice has been heard on numerous radio commercials in Atlanta and on the syndicated program, CoCo Brother Live. She is currently a weekend personality on WPZE-FM (Praise 102.5).
Myronda founded Yani Productions, Incorporated in 2006 and was the creator, host and executive producer of her own television show, “In the Spirit with Myronda.” The Christian based show aired for three seasons on the Gulf Coast, focusing on helping women have a better quality of life.
Myronda has dedicated her time and efforts as an emcee and supporter of several non-profit organizations and causes:
American Heart Association (Board member for 2 years, Go Red for Women committee member)
American Cancer Society
The Colorful Arts Society, Incorporated
McDonald’s Wheels of Dreams Youth Foundation
Muscular Dystrophy Association
United Negro College Fund
Big Brothers Big Sisters
American Red Cross, and others too numerous to mention
She has also dedicated her time speaking at schools and churches.
Myronda earned an Associate degree in Science from Bishop State Community College in Mobile, Alabama and a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and Management from the University of Mobile. She and her family are members of Elizabeth Baptist Church, where she serves as a Minister in Training. She enjoys serving God, spending time with her family, giving back to the community, singing and reading.
Veda Howard was born with humor flowing through her veins. Initially clueless of this gift, she would often wonder why people were laughing at her when she was merely trying to communicate basic information. When a coworker approached her revealing she dreamed that Veda was on stage at a comedy club and the entire audience was laughing, she realized it was over her head. The coworker was unaware but, a few months prior, Veda was actually on stage for the first time at the exact comedy club mentioned in the dream.
She embraced the inevitable, it was time to grab the mic and spread some joy! Since stepping to the microphone, she has been seen on Comcast Local Comedy On Demand, performed on stage at comedy clubs, festivals, the One Love Gospel Cruise, the national Family Comedy Tour and various other events. Veda can currently be heard on Praise 102.5 on Saturdays and Sundays from 3pm-7pm and delivering the Entertainment Report during the week. In addition to her love of laughter, Veda is also a gifted vocalist and voice over talent.
“Never lose your laughter!” – Veda Howard
It’s a two hour mix show ministry featuring the best in traditional and contemporary gospel music. D. Stone and P Dub are two on-fire believers who decided to combine their efforts to reach the youth and in the process started the young, fly and saved movement.
They didn’t just want to use traditional methods of outreach, but instead encourage young believers to embrace a lifestyle swagger about their faith. Put it all together and you get a high energy mix, hosted by two brothers who got tired of seeing the entertainment industry promoting Christianity as something you do at the end of your life. We believe you can serve Him now and be young, fly and saved at the same time.
Listen to the Canton Jones Countdown Show every Saturday from 10pm to midnight, right here on Praise 102.5!
Canton Jones is a chameleon of sorts. He has the swagger of a hip hop mogul, the voice of an R&B icon and the unquestionable anointing of a man of the cloth.
But even though he can blend into any genre and appeal to any crowd, Jones leaves no doubt about his identity or his calling. “It’s always been a goal of mine to have a voice to speak life into the lives of others,” he says. “I’ve been blessed with the creative ability to use music as a vehicle to realize this dream.”
Jones’ crossover appeal is undeniable. From urban youth donning sagging pants, to progressive ministries who endorse his unique blend of hip hop, urban gospel and R&B, to middle aged music lovers who remember how it was “back in the day,” fans have embraced Jones’ lyrical edginess and warmed up to his heartfelt ballads.
More than an artist, Canton Jones represents a philosophy, a movement, and a generation relentlessly advancing a positive new sound in the industry. He understands that it is not just about the music, but about a lifestyle that offers peace and prosperity for anyone bold enough to pursue their purpose.
As a singer, songwriter, producer, and vocal arranger who has sold more than 100,000 units independently, Canton Jones has embarked on an ambitious plan to bring his unique style of hip hop, R&B and urban gospel to the forefront of the industry. On any given day he can be found sharing the stage with hip hop heavyweights like T.I., David Banner and Ludacris; collaborating with established creative geniuses like John Legend, Kirk Franklin and Patti LaBelle; or swapping verses with gospel powerhouses like Smokie Norful, Dr. Bobby Jones and Kiki Clark-Sheard.
As an entrepreneur, Jones is the consummate businessman, building an empire that will likely change the music business for years to come. “Kingdom Business” symbolizes his global business philosophy. CAJO International (a company he started with his wife Ramona nearly five years ago) – is quietly positioning itself in music, television, video, and global commerce, and raising a powerful new standard for young entrepreneurs around the world. Canton’s unlimited repertoire, massive crowd appeal, and global fan base have set him on a course destined to shake the very core of hip hop, urban gospel, and R&B.