Detroit has birthed some of the greatest singers in the world: Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Vanessa Bell- Armstrong, The Winans family and many others but there is something about The Clark Sisters - Jacky, Twinkie, Dorinda and Karen (sister Denise left the group in the mid 80's). The Clark Sisters have spent the last three decades singing, preaching, evangelizing, and teaching the word of God across the country and abroad.
Carrying on the legacy of their mother the late Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, a gospel legend in her own right who received three gold records during her musical career, they have influenced a countless number of musical artists in the fields of gospel, pop, rhythm and blues, jazz and hip hop. Their inimitable style has been much imitated in nearly every R & B wail, pop moan, and gospel lick but their singular uniqueness remains untouched.
The group has recorded over 12 albums and have contributed collectively and individually to countless other projects including the Grammy Award winning "Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration".
Each sister has a distinct style that contributes to the esscence of what is now known as "the Clark sound". Twnkie Clark, the creative force behind the group has written most of the songs that we know and love today such as the crossover hit "You Brought The Sunshine", "Is My Living In Vain", "Expect Your Miracle (Looking For A Miracle)", "My Mind Is Made Up" and many others. Her organ playing has influenced the way that many of today's greatest musicians play and her powerful vocal range effortlessly soars from bass to soprano. Dorinda, the "jazzy" sister, scats, riffs and runs with a fervancy that places her in a class of her own. She has an inate ability to make each song her very own and she is a preacher to be reckoned with.
Karen, the youngest, is an inimitable vocal acrobat whose runs and high soprano range are often imitated but never duplicated. Jacky, the eldest, brings a balance to the high energy vocals of her younger sisters by contributing her sweet yet versatile vocal styling.
The ministry of The Clark Sisters shows no signs of slowing down. In addition to the much anticipated reunion album being released, each sister has already enjoyed successful solo careers.
The Clark Sisters are true gospel legends and their legacy is shared with only a few true great artists.

 

Dorinda Clark-Cole 2012
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