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Dorinda Clark-Cole, Jonathan McReynolds to Be Honored at 2024 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards

Mr. Nimbus | 02/22/2024

Gospel legend Dorinda Clark-Cole of The Clark Sisters will receive the Trailblazer of Gospel Award at the 2024 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards. The awards will be held at Flourish Atlanta on Thursday, March 28.

Jonathan McReynolds will receive the BMI Champion Award for his artistry and impact on gospel music, marking the first time this accolade has been presented at this ceremony.

The private event will be hosted by BMI president and CEO Mike O’Neill, and Catherine Brewton, BMI vice president, creative, Atlanta. Throughout the ceremony, BMI will recognize the songwriters, producers and music publishers of the past year’s 25 most-performed gospel songs in the U.S.

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“The Clark Sisters are among the legends of gospel, and Dorinda’s distinctive jazzy sound lends a unique brilliance to the group,” Brewton said in a statement. “I’m so proud to be honoring her work and highlighting the impact she’s made on the genre and community through her music and evangelism. We’re also paying tribute to one of the most incredible voices in gospel, Jonathan McReynolds, whose music is often referred to as ‘life’ songs, speaking to the hearts of all.”

Clark-Cole and McReynolds are both Grammy winners. With The Clark Sisters, Clark-Cole won two Grammys in 2008 – best traditional gospel album for Live – One Last Time and best gospel performance for “Blessed and Highly Favored.” Earlier this month, The Clark Sisters received a lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy. McReynolds won a Grammy for best gospel performance/song three years ago for “Movin’ On.”

Clark-Cole, known as the “Rose of Gospel Music,” is a singer-songwriter, talk-show host and evangelist. Born and raised in Detroit, Clark–Cole is the daughter of pioneering choral director Mattie Moss Clark. In addition to her two Grammys, Clark-Cole has won two GMA Dove Awards, three BMI Awards, 13 Stellar Gospel Music Awards and a Lady of Soul Award. The sisters’ lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy followed a James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award at the Stellar Awards in 2020. That same year, The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel biopic, produced by Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott and Queen Latifah, premiered on Lifetime to millions of viewers.

In addition to his Grammy, McReynolds has received four BMI Awards and was named BMI’s Gospel Songwriter of the Year in 2023. He has also been honored at the Stellar Awards and the GMA Dove Awards. He has had seven top five albums on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart, including two that reached No. 1: Life Music: Stage Two (2015) and Make Room (2018). He has also had 10 top 10 hits on Hot Gospel Songs, including “Movin’ On” (a collaboration with Mali Music) and “Not Lucky, I’m Loved.”

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