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Two of his sisters dealt with substance abuse problems, and that's when the young Mc Clurkin found solace in his going to a church; and, also through an aunt of his who sang background vocals with gospel music musician, Andraé Crouch.
By the time that he was a teenager, he had formed the Mc Clurkin Singers, and later he formed another group, the New York Restoration Choir.
(born November 9, 1959) is an American gospel singer and minister.
He has won three Grammy awards, ten Stellar awards, two BET awards, two Soul Train awards, one Dove award and one NAACP Image award.
The disc, which featured the perennially popular "Stand," went gold shortly after being publicly lauded by Oprah Winfrey.
Dovetailing off the success of his near double-platinum selling album,"Live in London and More" Mc Clurkin released "Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs" in 2005 and "We All Are One: Live In Detroit" in 2009 which also topped Billboard charts across various musical genres.
Mc Clurkin's love for people and desire to share gospel music,globally, is why he includes a language medley: Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and Dutch in most live performanc.
He is one of the top selling Gospel music artists, selling over 10 million albums worldwide. When he was eight years old, his two-year-old brother was hit and killed by a speeding driver.
Soon after the loss, Mc Clurkin experienced family turmoil due to the loss of his brother and shortly there after he was a victim of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of his great uncle, and years after that by his great uncle's son.
The doctor suggested immediate treatment, but Mc Clurkin, who was then 31, decided to take his own advice.
"I tell people to believe that God will save you," he says, "[and] I had to turn around and practice the very thing that I preached." A friendship with a Warner Alliance executive resulted in his signing to the label for his 1996 self-titled LP, with producers Bill Maxwell, Mark Kibble of Take 6, Cedric and Victor Caldwell plus Andraé Crouch.
Mc Clurkin served as an assistant to Winans for over a decade.In 1991, a sharp pain and swelling, followed by internal bleeding led, he says, to his being diagnosed as having leukemia.