Live - One Last Time
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Release Date
October 2, 2007
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EMI Gospel

Sounds like … a mesmerizing, quartet-styled vocal blend reminiscent of classic groups like the Caravans and the Clara Ward Singers, though more sophisticated and sassy in technique.

At a glance … a flawless concert recording, Live – One Last Time only ratifies The Clark Sisters' "legend" status in contemporary gospel music.

Gospel music has had its fair share of vocal quartets over the years, but none quite compares to The Clark Sisters. Growing up, their mother—church-music pioneer Mattie Moss Clark—subjected them to arduous practice schedules, at times even waking them up in the wee hours of the night to rehearse parts she said the Lord had given her. This vocal boot camp eventually paid off, as the foursome developed such a tight ear for harmony and blend that their subsequent stint as The Clark Sisters was almost second nature.

Church girls through and through, sisters Jacky, Dorinda, Karen, and Twinkie always had a soft spot for gospel, but their musical tendencies extended in every which way, pushing them to flirt with R&B, blues, jazz, funk, disco, pop, or some combination of all the above. This helped them find an audience beyond the sanctuary, earning hits in both gospel and mainstream circles, including their signature smash, the dance anthem "You Brought the Sunshine."

But that was over 25 years ago, and after their glory days, their career ebbed and flowed until The Clark Sisters eventually stopped recording altogether. The ladies instead set their sights on solo careers throughout the '90s. It's taken more than a decade for them to reunite for their big comeback, Live — One Last Time. EMI Gospel pulled all the stops to make it happen, hiring mega-producer Donald Lawrence to ...

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