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Twinkie Clark

Gospel singer, songwriter, producer, arranger, organist, and pianist Elbernita "Twinkie" Clark, although she may not be a household name, was nothing less than the Godmother of Contemporary Gospel, and the sharp, warm productions she did for her longtime sibling gospel group the Clark Sisters influenced the sonic feel and sound of modern R&B and soul as well. Clark was born November 15, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan, and her mother, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, a gospel music innovator in her own right, introduced her to piano as an infant, and by the age of four, Clark was playing full songs on the instrument. By the time she was nine, Clark had switched to the organ, and by 12, she had made her recording debut as an organist on the Southwest Michigan State Choir's album A Closer Walk with Thee. She was to remain her mother's organist until Dr. Clark's death in 1994.

Clark wrote and produced a couple of albums for her mother, but her best-known compositions and productions were for her sibling gospel group the Clark Sisters, the legendary sibling gospel ensemble that also included sisters Karen, Dorinda, and Jacky Clark. With her formal music training (she studied classical music at Howard University in Washington, D.C.) and her love for jazz, reggae, and R&B (and later even hip-hop, disco, and ragtime), Clark's arrangements and productions were an innovative blend that literally kicked gospel into the modern era. She had begun writing songs in her teens in the 1970s, and based on her exciting, vocal-based organ runs and trills, they had depth and substance, and in many ways she functioned in the Clark Sisters the way Brian Wilson did with the Beach Boys, using the group to make large sonic statements.

The Clark Sisters were able to cross over to the secular charts and fill dancefloors everywhere with 1981's "You Brought the Sunshine," and gospel had never really sounded like this before. Some of it had to do with Clark's organ playing, which was singular and always striking, earning her the title of Queen of the Hammond B-3 in gospel circles and beyond. She left the Clark Sisters officially in 1989 to devote more time to her own ministry, although she continued to add her production, songwriting, and organ expertise to various projects, and continued to surface from time to time with solo albums, including Praise Belongs to God (1979), Ye Shall Receive Power (1981), Comin' Home (1982), Masterpiece (1996), Live in Charlotte (2002), and Home Once Again: Live in Detroit (2004). A national treasure if there ever were one, Clark continued to be a presence a decade and change into the 21st century, releasing With Humility in 2011 and Live & Unplugged in 2013. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi
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so true mcwilliams
mcwilliams36 8
Yes the lord is awesome. He is mighty and much more. He is definately a man to his word. Man will lie to you and try to hurt you and kill you. But my god will protect and save you amen. Love him and worship him. R keels.
Your right 1979 was the album and her voice blows you away and when she plays that organ my Jesus!!! Thats all i can say. When i first heard her i was small i'm 37 and still listening to her this day. God is Amazing thanks for your gospel music its touch my life to were it changed me for the better. Never the less!!!
I don't know who reports these stats but twinkie released her first solo album 1979 praise belongs to god and follow up 1982 with power
Twinkie is a great artist along with her sisters, their voices blend together like honey on a honey cone. Their sound is soulful and exceedingly powerful. To God be the glory for creating these great women.
magol757
My fav Clark Sister!
I'm glad he hung just for me..Bless you jesus
Love this song
ms_anderson2 7
This song melt my heart
Can u plz put ur home once again album on iTunes plzzzzz and thank u!!!!!!
kimberlyburs e y
wow! god knows i have. At age 28 its real! wouldn't have any other way.
febaug
I love Twinkie! Thank you Lord!
It's lifted me up! Thank God, I made it.
gregoryl44
awesome
They don't come any Better than Twinkie Clark...
One of the best Hammond B3 players ever.
yank1inf
Its hard to put words to her anointed voice, all I can say is you can hear the difference between an annointed voice and the rest who try to sing!(for real
Twinkie Clark is one of my idols in gospel music. Can you please locate the song "Accept What God Allow" by Richard "Mr. Clean" White and Twinkie Clark and play it on my Pandora station. Thank you.
AMEN, AMEN AMEN.
LORD YOU ARE SO AWESOME. MRS. CLARK COULD NOT HAVE SANG IT ANY BETTER.
bennett_bett y
I love this CD AND ALL OF THE SONGS ON IT Awesome More than a melody & I LOVE YOU JESUSE, Evangelist Betty Bennett

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