The Ministry of Song: A Conversation with Donald Lawrence

On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, Professor Braxton D. Shelley’s course on “The Musicality of Black Preaching” held a class that featured a free-flowing discussion with Donald Lawrence about his  music, ministry, and creativity.

Donald Lawrence is a songwriter, producer, composer, music/choir director, and a recording artist. He is the guiding force behind such number one hits as “Encourage Yourself,” “Back II Eden” and “The Blessing of Abraham.” Equally at home in both the inspirational and contemporary arenas, the multiple Grammy and Stellar Award winner has collaborated with a diverse roster, including such marquee names as Karen Clark Sheard, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, En Vogue and Mary J. Blige.