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Grammy winning pastor Donnie McClurkin

Singer Donnie McClurkin poses in the press room

Singer Donnie McClurkin poses in the press room at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards held at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Jan. 31, 2010) Photo Credit: FilmMagic/Michael Tran

Donnie McClurkin is a gospel star who's won three Grammys and recorded three albums that went platinum. He's performed at national political conventions, the White House and Whitney Houston's funeral. But home on Long Island, he is Senior Pastor Donald McClurkin, the founder and leader of the fast-growing Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport.

Inductee Pastor Donnie McClurkin, singer and songwriter, arrives
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Inductee Pastor Donnie McClurkin, singer and songwriter, arrives at the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Third Induction Award Ceremony and fundraising gala held at Oheka Castle in Huntington. (Nov. 16, 2010)

Donnie McClurkin performs at the Super Bowl Gospel
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Donnie McClurkin performs at the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration 2012 at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind. (Feb. 3, 2012)

Senior Pastor Donnie McClurkin, of the Perfecting Faith
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Senior Pastor Donnie McClurkin, of the Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, talks about how his road to winning three Grammys began and credits Oprah Winfrey for sharing his talents with the world. Videojournalist: Ed Betz (Feb. 4, 2013)

Pastor Donnie McClurkin, who sang at Whitney Houston's
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Pastor Donnie McClurkin, who sang at Whitney Houston's funeral and has won several Grammys, preaches at the Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport. (July 15, 2012)

Singer Donnie McClurkin poses in the press room
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Singer Donnie McClurkin poses in the press room at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards held at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Jan. 31, 2010)

Singer Donnie McClurkin performs on stage during the
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Singer Donnie McClurkin performs on stage during the BET Awards '11 held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. (June 26, 2011)

Donnie McClurkin performs at the 10th Anniversary Essence
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Donnie McClurkin performs at the 10th Anniversary Essence Music Festival at the Superdome on July 4, 2004, in New Orleans. (July 4, 2004)

Singer Donnie McClurkin performs on stage during the
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Singer Donnie McClurkin performs on stage during the 9th annual BET Celebration of Gospel at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. (Dec. 10, 2008)

Pastor Donnie McClurkin, who sang at Whitney Houston's
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Pastor Donnie McClurkin, who sang at Whitney Houston's funeral and has won several Grammys, preaches at the Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport. (July 15, 2012)

Pastor Donnie McClurkin, who sang at Whitney Houston's
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Pastor Donnie McClurkin, who sang at Whitney Houston's funeral and has won several Grammys, preaches at the Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport. (July 15, 2012)

The cover of Donnie McClurkin's latest album
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The cover of Donnie McClurkin's latest album "We All Are One (Live in Detroit)" is released by Verity Records.

Gospel singers Yolanda Adams and Donnie McClurkin perform
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Gospel singers Yolanda Adams and Donnie McClurkin perform "The Prayer" during the 3rd annual BET Awards in Los Angeles. (June 24, 2003)

Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin is photographed at Perfecting
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Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin is photographed at Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, where he is also the pastor, soon after after the release of his album, "Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs." (Oct. 1, 2004)

Donnie McClurkin, takes the stage during the
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Donnie McClurkin, takes the stage during the "Embrace the Change" concert at the Township Auditorium, in Columbia, S.C., during the culmination of Democratic Presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama's 40 Days of Faith & Family efforts. The Grammy-winning singer whose role in the Obama campaign event riled gay activists served as master of ceremonies of a gospel concert promoting Obama. (Oct. 28, 2007)

Donnie McClurkin, takes the stage during the
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Donnie McClurkin, takes the stage during the "Embrace the Change" concert at the Township Auditorium, in Columbia, S.C., during the culmination of then-Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama's 40 Days of Faith & Family efforts. The Grammy-winning singer whose role in the Obama campaign event riled gay activists served as master of ceremonies of a gospel concert promoting Obama. (Oct. 28, 2007)

Pastor Donnie McClurkin, who sang at Whitney Houston's
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Pastor Donnie McClurkin, who sang at Whitney Houston's funeral and has won several Grammys, preaches at the Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport. (July 15, 2012)

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