Dr. Dorinda Clark-Cole
She is a singer, Evangelist, composer, entrepreneur (CEO), administrator, visionary, wife and mother, but most importantly, an anointed woman of God. Dorinda Clark Cole was designed for greatness from the time that she was born. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, she found fame as a member of the world renowned gospel singing group The Clark Sisters. Her mother, the late Dr. Mattie Moss Clark was a gospel music pioneer in her own right whose accomplishments included receiving three gold records, being the first person to ever record a choir, serving as President of the Music department of the Church of God in Christ for over 25 years and being instrumental in influencing the sound of gospel music to becoming what it is today.
With a pastor father, and a mother whose name was almost synonymous with Gospel music, she and her sisters have deep roots in both church and family. “We were always a close-knit family,” she recalls, “and my sisters and I were not only raised in church, we were trained by our parents to take responsibility for entire parts of the service if the situation required.”
Being a firm believer in serving in ministry, she is Vice-President of the Music Department of the Church of God in Christ, the second largest African American religious organization in the world; Assistant Administrator to the North Central Jurisdictional Supervisor of Michigan; a dedicated member and Administrator of the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ, under the pastorate of Dr. J. Drew Sheard.
Dr. Cole is a highly sought-after Evangelist and motivational speaker, touching hearts, changing minds, and winning souls for the Kingdom with a gift for the spoken word. Being called to the ministry while still in her teens, she has ministered across the US and as far away as England, Japan, Germany, France, Korea and South Africa. It was in South Africa that she made history as the first woman to ever minister in a pulpit as she boldly preached the word to a flock of over 4,000 people. In September 2004, Dr. Cole received an honorary “Doctorate of Divinity’ from Mt. Carmel Theological Seminary of Fresno, California. Dr. Cole attributes much of her success to her mother having steered her with Godly admonition by precept and example.
In 1999, as founder and CEO of Lifeline Productions, Inc., she created an annual Singers & Musicians Conference. Through this conference it is her goal to educate a new generation of minstrels of the importance of “keeping ministry in the music” by offering various activities including daily workshops and evening worship services featuring from artists whose ministries have gone beyond ministering in song. Not only is this great woman an entrepreneur and dynamic preacher but she’s an awesome singer as well.
In 2002, she released her debut self-titled album Dorinda Clark Cole on GospoCentric Records. This project debuted in Billboard’s Top 5, garnered her two Stellar Awards, The Soul Train Lady of Soul Award, BMI Christian Music Award and a host of other awards and plaques. Dr. Cole’s vocal ministries have even scored her recognition in the national sporting arena. In January 2004, she performed at the 38th Super Bowl. She sang the National Anthem to open The Miami Heat and 76ers basketball game, and is the first black female gospel artist to perform at half time during the March 2004 Memphis Grizzlies Gospel Night Event. She has appeared on national television shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Bobby Jones Gospel, Lift Every Voice, Gospel Superfest, Praise the Lord, The Stellar Awards and The Soul Train Lady of Soul.
In August 2005, her sophomore release The Rose of Gospel also debuted in Billboard’s Top 5 and garnered a Grammy nomination for the best Traditional Soul Gospel Album and Stellar Award.
Above all, Dr. Cole’s endeavor is to reach those who’ve never been inside of a church. The focus of her album is to reach everybody-from the youngest to the oldest. Her paramount desires are to continue spreading the message of Jesus Christ through an anointed ministry and to be pleasing in the sight of God. “When I’m gone, I want people to be able to say she blessed my life in many ways. She blessed me through ministry. She blessed me through song. She blessed me with encouragement, and speaking words into me that have changed my life.”