The Praise 94.5 Family wants to wish Dr Dorinda Clark-Cole a very Happy Birthday today and keep on singing and teaching for the Lord….
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, to the late Elbert and Dr. Mattie Moss-Clark, Clark-Cole began singing at an early age with her sisters Karen, Twinkie, Jacky, and Denise. The sisters sang in their father’s church and usually performed songs written and composed by their mother. Clark-Cole, who is referred to as the “jazzy sister” of the group, helped develop what is known as “The Clark Sound”, which often features high and fast melismas, riffs, runs, scats, and soulful growls.
Dorinda attributes her fiery, convicting singing style to her mother, who saw the gift of singing and preaching in her at an early age. Back in the 1960s and 70’s, when other children their age were playing outside, Dorinda and her sisters had to work on their now famous familial harmonies. She says, “We made a lot of sacrifices. My mom was a stickler for making sure we rehearsed before we went out to perform. She saw the gifts and talents within us and started shaping and molding us. She taught us discipline along with how to use our gifts.” Dorinda sang lead on “Overdose Of The Holy Ghost”, as well as on “My Reedemer Liveth”, the B-side to The Clark Sisters’ biggest single “You Brought the Sunshine
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