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The Clark Sisters

Background information
Origin Detroit, Michigan
Genre(s) Gospel/Soul/Jazz
Occupation(s) Singers
Instrument(s) Vocals
Years active 1970-present
Label(s) Billmo Records,
Sound Of Gospel Records,
Westbound, Elektra,
Word Records,
Sparrow Records,
EMI Gospel
Mattie Moss Clark,
Kierra "Kiki" Sheard,
J Moss
Website http://www.theclarksisters.com
Elbernita "Twinkie" Clark
Jacky Clark Chisholm
Dorinda Clark Cole
Karen Clark Sheard
Former members
Denise Clark Bradford

The Clark Sisters are an American gospel vocal group consisting of four sisters: Elbernita "Twinkie" Clark, Jacky Clark Chisholm, Dorinda Clark Cole, and Karen Clark Sheard. A fifth member, Denise Clark Bradford, no longer performs with the group. The Clark Sisters are the daughters of gospel musician and choral director Dr. Mattie Moss Clark. They are credited for helping to bring gospel music to the mainstream and are considered as pioneers of contemporary gospel. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Gospel (disambiguation). ... The soul, according to many religious and philosophical traditions, is the self-aware essence unique to a particular living being. ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States around the start of the 20th century. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Word Records is a giant in Christian Music. ... Sparrow Records is a popular Christian Music record label; a Division of EMI Music. ... EMI Christian Music Group is a subsidiary of EMI which contains its Christian music record labels: ForeFront Records, Gotee Records, Sparrow Records, Tooth and Nail Records, EMI Gospel, Credential Recordings and WorshipTogether. ... Mattie Juliet Moss Clark was an American gospel choir director and the mother of The Clark Sisters, a world-renowned gospel vocal group. ... Kierra Kiki Sheard on the cover of her 2006 album, This Is Me. ... J. Moss is a Detroit-based songwriter and record producer. ... Elbernita Twinkie Clark is an African-American gospel singer, songwriter, and musician from Detroit, Michigan. ... Jacky Clark-Chisholm (born Jacqueline Clark) is the eldest daughter of legendary gospel innovator Dr. Mattie Moss-Clark. ... Dorinda Clark Cole (born Dorinda Grace Clark) is an American evangelist and gospel singer. ... Karen Valencia Clark-Sheard is an African-American gospel singer who was born in Detroit, Michigan. ... Gospel music refers to the religious music that first came out of African-American churches in the first quarter of the twentieth century or, more loosely, to both black gospel music and to the religious music composed and sung by predominately white Southern Gospel artists. ... Elbernita Twinkie Clark is an African-American gospel singer, songwriter, and musician from Detroit, Michigan. ... Jacky Clark-Chisholm (born Jacqueline Clark) is the eldest daughter of legendary gospel innovator Dr. Mattie Moss-Clark. ... Dorinda Clark Cole (born Dorinda Grace Clark) is an American evangelist and gospel singer. ... Karen Valencia Clark-Sheard is an African-American gospel singer who was born in Detroit, Michigan. ... Dr. Mattie Moss-Clark - Legendary singer, composer, director, and founder of the Clark Conservatory of Music in Detroit, Michigan. ...

Despite the similarity in names, there is no connection with the famous jazz quartet of the 1940's and '50's, the "Clark Sisters", also known as "The Sentimentalists", when they recorded with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.



The Clark Sisters were born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. They each began singing at an early age and by the late 1960s they were all performing together in church services, usually singing songs written and arranged by their mother. A few years later, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark turned over control of the group to Twinkie, who would then go on to write, arrange, conduct and produce all of the Clark Sisters recordings. In 1973, the sisters recorded their first album, Jesus Has A Lot to Give, on their uncle's local label Billmo Records.[1] The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ...

The following year, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark Presents The Clark Sisters was released, and people around Detroit began to take notice of the group. In 1974, The Clark Sisters signed to Sound of Gospel Records where they would see their recording career take off. In the late 1970s, the group released four albums: Unworthy (1976), Count It All Joy (1978), New Dimensions of Christmas Carols (1978), and He Gave Me Nothing to Lose (1979). 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... For the song by the Smashing Pumpkins, see 1979 (song). ...

The early 1980s saw The Clark Sisters become a nationwide phenomenon as Twinkie guided the sisters in a live recording which was titled Is My Living In Vain. Upon its release, the album would remain atop of the Billboard gospel charts for over a year. The Clark Sisters' following release would prove to be an even bigger success. "You Brought the Sunshine", their biggest hit to date, would go on to garner the Sisters a gold album and a bonafide hit on the gospel and R&B charts. The Clark Sisters released four more albums during the 1980s. During this time, Denise would leave the group to become a minister. Twinkie followed suit with her solo projects and ministerial calling, while Jacky, Dorinda, and Karen stayed behind and performed as a trio. They recorded one album, Miracle, in 1994. Later that year, their mother died from complications of diabetes.[2] The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Billboard can refer to: Billboard magazine Billboard (advertising) Billboard antenna In 3D computer graphics, to billboard is to rotate an object so that it faces the viewer. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... This article is about the disease that features high blood sugar. ...

Karen went solo in 1997, and her debut album, Finally Karen, received a Grammy nomination and won a Soul Train Lady of Soul award. She has since released three more solo albums: 2nd Chance, The Heavens Are Telling, and It's Not Over. Dorinda and Jacky released their first solo efforts, Dorinda Clark Cole and Expectancy, respectively, in 2002. The Clark Sisters have all contributed in various capacities to each other's albums, whether they sang or wrote lyrics. More recently, The Clark Sisters did a live recording on July 8, 2006 in Houston, Texas entitled One Last Time. The recording was directed and produced by Donald Lawrence and is expected to be released as a CD on April 10, 2007[3] on EMI Gospel, followed by a CD/DVD Special Edition release June 19, 2007. 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Finally Karen is the debut album of gospel singer Karen Clark Sheard, released on November 4, 1997. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... 2nd Chance is the sophomore album of gospel singer Karen Clark Sheard, released on July 30, 2002. ... The Heavens Are Telling is an album by multiple Grammy- and Stellar- award winning gospel singer Karen Clark Sheard, released on November 4, 2003. ... Its Not Over is an album by multiple Grammy- and Stellar- award winning gospel singer Karen Clark Sheard, released on January 24, 2006. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Incorporated June 5, 1837 Government  - Mayor Bill White Area  - City  601. ... CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit ÄŒeské Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s...

"The Clark Sound"

The Clark Sisters are renowned for their unique vocal stylings, dubbed as "The Clark Sound". Molded and sculpted by the dynamic Twinkie, The Clark Sisters incorporated high and fast double concentrates(which are vocal techniques requiring fast scats and runs placed together), melismas, acrobatic trills and riffs, and deep, soulful growls, or "squalls". The sisters are also well known for each distinctive sound that they contribute. Jacky (alto) is known for her soft, deeper vocals; Dorinda (alto), the "jazzy" sister, inputs scats and riffs; Karen (soprano) is known for her riffs, runs and high vocal range; and Twinkie(tenor) is credited with being the "heart of the Clark Sisters", due to being the chief songwriter,music and vocal arranger, producer and also possessing a range from soprano to low contralto and even bass. In music, melisma (commonly known as vocal runs or simply runs) is the technique of changing the note (pitch) of a syllable of text while it is being sung. ... The trill is a musical ornament consisting of a rapid alternation between two adjacent notes of a scale (compare tremolo). ... Riff is also an alternate spelling of Rif, a region of Morocco. ... Growling is the low, guttural vocalization produced by predatory animals to express anger. ... Look up scat in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...




  • "You Brought The Sunshine (In My Life)" (Westbound/Elektra, 1983)
  • "Time Out" (Rejoice/Word/A&M, 1986)
  • "Blessed & Highly Favored" (EMI Gospel, 2007)

Other Appearances

  • "Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates" - Commissioned & The Clark Sisters (from Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration) (Reprise, 1992)
  • "Nothing To Lose" - Florda A&M University Gospel Choir featuring The Clark Sisters (Crystal Rose, 1996)
  • "Jesus Is A Love Song" - Karen Clark-Sheard featuring The Clark Sisters (from Finally Karen) (Island, 1997)
  • "Pure Gold" - Karen Clark-Sheard featuring The Clark Sisters (from Finally Karen... Live! - VHS Only) (Island/Polygram Video, 1997)
  • "Show me the Way"- Dorinda Clark-Cole featuring The Clark Sisters(from Dorinda Clark-Cole)(Gospocentric,2002)
  • "You Brought The Sunshine" - Kelly Price feat. The Clark Sisters (Def Soul, 2003)
  • "I'm Not Perfect" - Missy Elliott feat. The Clark Sisters (from This Is Not A Test) (Elektra, 2003)
  • "I Made It" - Twinkie Clark featuring The Clark Sisters (from Home Once Again) (Verity, 2004)
  • "Blessing Me"- Jacky Clark-Chisholm featuring The Clark Sisters (from Expectancy)(Entheos ,2005)


  • The Clark Sisters' biggest hit "You Brought The Sunshine" was picked up from its original independent gospel record label Sounds of Gospel and distributed by both Westbound Records and Elektra Records and in 1983 peaked at #16 on the Black Singles chart, #27 on the Club Play Charts, and #80 on the Hot R&B Charts.[4]
  • The Clarks' signature song "Is My Living In Vain" was remade by R&B quartet Xscape as well as gospel quintet Zie'l.
  • An early Clark favorite "Endow Me" from their chart topping album You Brought The Sunshine was remade by Coko featuring Faith Evans, Fantasia Barrino, and Lil' Mo on her 2006 gospel debut.
  • "You Brought The Sunshine" has had serveral remakes by artists such as Kelly Price. This song is expected to be on their reunion album (scheduled for April 10, 2007).

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  1. ^ The Clark Sisters Biography. JLEntertainment.com.
  2. ^ The Clark Sisters Tribute. GospelFlava.com.
  3. ^ http://theclarksisters.com/whatsnew.htm
  4. ^ The Clark Sisters Chart History. All Music Guide.

External links

  • Official Clark Sisters Website
  • Clark Sisters Official Myspace Page
  • The Clark Lounge
  • Clark Sisters Marathon on Myspace
  • Clark Sisters Internet Radio Station on Live365
  • Stellar Awards

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