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The Clark Sisters Biography

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Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan
Years Active: 1971-present
Genres: Gospel, Urban Contemporary Gospel, R&B, Soul, Dance

The Clark Sisters are an American gospel vocal group consisting of four sisters: Elbernita "Twinkie" Clark-Terrell, Jacky Clark Chisholm, Dorinda Clark-Cole, and Karen Clark Sheard. A fifth sister, 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. Their biggest crossover hits include "Is My Living in Vain?" "Hallelujah," "He Gave Me Nothing to Lose," "Endow Me," the smash hit, "Jesus Is A Love Song," "Pure Gold," "Expect a Miracle," their mainstream crossover gold certified, "You Brought the Sunshine," and a string of others, which all dominated Billboard's R & B and gospel charts during the '70s and '80s. Their albums have sold millions-upon-millions, paving the way for newcomers in gospel to continue to take gospel mainstream such as Detroit's own The Winans Family, including Be Be & Ce Ce Winans, Commissioned, Kirk Franklin, Trin-i-tee 5:7, Mary Mary, and many more contemporary gospel artists. The Clark Sisters have won two Grammy Awards. Despite similarity in names, there is no connection with the 1940s/1950's jazz quartet "The Original Clark Sisters" (also known as The Sentimentalists when they recorded with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra). With 16 albums to their credit and millions-upon-millions in sales, the Clark Sisters are the largest selling female gospel group in the history of gospel music.