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Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers


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Donald Lawrence is an American gospel music songwriter, record producer and artist.

Donald Lawrence studied at Cincinnati Conservatory, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in music. While in Cincinnati, he was also the Minister of Music at the Southern Baptist Church on Reading Road. To his credit, Donald’s musicality has seen many incarnations, as vocal coach to the R&B group En Vogue, musical director for Stephanie Mills, songwriter for The Clark Sisters, and producer for a host of artists including Peabo Bryson and Kirk Franklin.

Lawrence took on The Tri-City Singers after a friend vacated his position as musical director.[1] (NOTE: The three cities that The Tri-City Singers come from are Spartanburg, SC, Gastonia, NC, and Charlotte, NC.) The group debuted in 1993 with A Songwriter’s Point Of View on a then-brand-new independent record label called GospoCentric Records. The set debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top Gospel Charts.[3] The group’s follow-up release Bible Stories would top those same charts when it arrived in 1995.[4] It was the first to be billed as Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers and featured black church-ubiquitous hits such as “A Message For The Saints”, “I Am God” and “Stranger”. The album was released on Lawrence’s newly minted label Crystal Rose Records which was distributed through Sparrow Records.

In 1997, Donald Lawrence produced the live portion of Karen Clark Sheard’s Grammy-nominated Finally Karen debut.


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  • LaMusicLovr

    I cannot get enough of this choir and its God, what an awesome group. Highly underrated...the musicianship and vocal abilities of this group are unprecedented.

    20 Feb 2013 Reply
  • EnjoyHi5Autism

    Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers impart true, bold, straight to the throne worship experience, after song after song, after week after month after years of listening to their anointing through vocal elements that touch the spirit of man and draws you closer to God Almighty. Thank you Donald Lawrence * The Tri-City Singers. Favorite is the Africa 'Bible Stories' cd released in 1995. Had been married for 2 months to a man of God I had only met 4 months earlier in seminary. 'Bible Stories' helped with focusing on our purpose in God as a couple. It is 16 years later, your music is still inspiring and we are still married - with a 6 year old son! Again, thanks and God Bless.

    27 Aug 2011 Reply

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