Donald Lawrence, Inspirational Impact Honor
Donald Lawrence has carved out an award-winning, multifaceted career as a recording artist, producer, songwriter, music director, and choirmaster. The guiding force behind such No. 1 hits as “Encourage Yourself,” “Back II Eden,” “The Blessing of Abraham,” and “Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus),” Lawrence has also been the producing force behind No. 1 songs like “Blessed and Highly Favored” by The Clark Sisters and “Lift Him Up,” “Souled Out,” and “Every Praise” by Bishop Hezekiah Walker.
Donald Lawrence is one of the most influential figures in modern gospel music, with an impressive career in the gospel industry that has spanned more than 25 years. Over the course of that time, Lawrence resurrected and led the Tri-City Singers, who were noted as one of the best choirs in the world, and found much individual success as a solo artist with multiple #1 Billboard hits and albums. He has also worked on numerous films, television programs and theatrical projects, providing his musical services.
On top of over 30 Stellar Award wins and 4 Dove Award wins, Lawrence has been nominated for 18 Grammy awards over the course of his career, including a Grammy win in 2008. Lawrence has also served as the face of Verizon’s How Sweet The Sound national tour, the Musical Director for the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour, and the Music Supervisor for the BeBe Winans hit theatrical production, Born For This.
In 2019, Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers released their 25-year anniversary project, Goshen. Apart from the hit album’s release, Lawrence also served as the music director on the acclaimed 2020 hit Lifetime movie biopic “The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel” and produced the film’s soundtrack. In the past few years he also worked on the Hamilton song “One Last Time (44 Remix)” that featured President Barack Obama and performed with Josh Groban for President Joe Biden’s Inaugural Prayer Service, among other projects. Lawrence has filled his mentor’s shoes by taking over the Music & Arts charitable organization started by the late Edwin Hawkins. He recently relaunched the organization with a global conference in London.
Lawrence continues to produce new music, which includes his most recently released album Donald Lawrence Presents: A Tribute to Twinkie Clark. “It’s said that the music you do is where you’ve lived,” Lawrence has said of his creative journey. “What I do isn’t contrived. I don’t think in terms of genre or religious perspective. It comes from being honest. I just honor the gift and purpose I was given to touch the world and inspire. And people have paid attention to that.”