It’s been five long years, but Donnie McClurkin has finally released a new CD. We Are The One: Live in Detroit just dropped; the CD features a mix of sounds, so there is a little something for everyone.
"’Wait on the Lord’ [the first single] is one of my favorites because it’s a classic with Karen Clark-Sheard, and Detroit and Clark’s [sic] are synonymous. We’ve been friends for decades, but this is the first time we’ve sung together," Donnie said during an interview with Pearl’s Window. That song is currently available for download on iTunes.
Then there’s ‘The Great I Am,’ which might have some folks catching the holy ghost. Donnie said the song takes him back to his church roots. "It’s just a jubilant, tambourine-raisin’, shoutin’-in-the-aisle song," he said.
Gospel fans will definitely want to hear one track called "When You Love," because Donnie teamed up with Mary Mary, Yolanda Adams and CeCe Winans for the song. "We’ve also got a new artist called, Duawne Starling on a song called, ‘Home Someday,’" Donnie said. "So, we’ve used this CD as a platform for other artist as well.
Later on in the interview, Pearl’s Window went there, and asked about the backlash he’s suffered from activists in the gay community.
"I went onto the Internet and saw an anti-Donnie McClurkin blog and they put this fake interview up of somebody who said that they were with me," Donnie recalled. "In the comment section there were people saying derogatory things about me, but then the Christian community must have gotten a hold of it, and they were supporting me; and it ended up being a situation where even some gay people were saying, ‘Leave him alone!’"
Donnie credits the conflict to a misunderstanding, stemming from a statement he made a few years ago. Some claim that he said he was cured from homosexuality, but Donnie argues that he was misquoted. "I never said that I was cured from anything, I said that I was delivered, and that’s what God does" Donnie asserted. "He delivers."
When asked whether he felt he was delivered from homosexuality, or just from acting on same-sex desires, Donnie doesn’t make a distinction between the two.
"The bottom line is that it’s all the same. It’s by not choosing to act that the attraction and the appetite starts to abate and wane," Donnie said. "I’m a diabetic now and I don’t eat sugar, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t want sugar. The more I don’t eat the sugar, the more I lose the taste for sugar and the more my diet starts to change permanently."
– Sonya Eskridge