Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Clark-Cole began singing at an early age with her sisters Karen, Twinkie, Jacky, and Denise. The sisters sang in their pastor father’s church and usually performed songs written and composed by their mother.Clark-Cole’s self-titled solo debut Dorinda Clark-Cole, released in 2002, won two Stellar Awards and a Soul Train Lady of Soul Award (Best Female Gospel Artist). The album featured the hit single “I’m Coming Out”. Her second album, The Rose of Gospel, was released in 2005. The live portions of both albums were produced by Asaph Ward, famous for his work with Kim Burrell, who counts Dorinda as well as the Clark Sisters as a direct vocal influence. Dorinda won one Stellar award. Clark-Cole is married to Greg Cole and they have 2 children, Nikkia Cole Beach and Gregory Jr.
In 2011 Nikkia and husband Deon Beach Sr gave birth to a son Deon Beach jr. In addition to being a recording artist and evangelist, Clark-Cole is a prominent figure in the Church of God in Christ of which she is a licensed National Evangelist, assistant supervisor of women, for the Michigan North Central Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ and Assistant Elect Lady of the COGIC’s International Evangelism Department. She is an administrator and instructor at the Clark Conservatory of Music in Detroit (founded by Mattie Moss Clark in 1979), and is an administrator of ministry at the Greater Emmanuel Institutional COGIC, pastored by her brother-in-law, J. Drew Sheard.
Her newest album “I Survived” talks about her fight with depression and attempted suicide.
Watch her here in New York City at an event I attended. She takes you to church!
“Back To You”