Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Matt 28:19-20 (KJV)



Darlene McCoy

Even in a field as crowded with talent as urban gospel Atlanta-based Darlene has slowly but surely been capturing listeners' attention. EMI Gospel have been putting tracks by the married mother of three on several various artists albums including the huge best seller 'Wow Gospel 2006'. Now the release of her long-awaited self-titled debut album the singer described as "an urban inspirational Mary J Blige" has stepped into the spotlight. Quizzed by Cross Rhythms recently, we began by asking the singer/songwriter/worship leader what she thought about the Blige comparison. "I can say that I absolutely love Mary J Blige as an artist and I see the perspective they are coming from if we have to align my style with anyone. But I do not believe that this would sum me up as an artist because there is so much more to know of me and my ministry than what people have heard of me on this CD."

Darlene has known the Gospel from an early age as she was taken to church with her Christian family since she was born. But it was when the singer, raised in Greenville, South Carolina, was 15 years old that she fully committed her life to the Lord. When she was 22 Darlene married Robert McCoy and in December 1997 the couple went along to Atlanta's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church where Bishop Eddie L Long is Senior Pastor. "My husband and I were looking for a church home and visited New Birth," she recalled. "Bishop Long didn't even preach that day but the preacher gave emphasis on 'there is a sound' and it leaped in my husband and myself. We came back the very next Sunday and Bishop Long preached on that subject again. We realised that he was preaching from a familiar place to us and we joined that Sunday." There she began serving the church as a praise and worship leader. Pastor Long has much praise for Darlene and believes "she has the mandate to lead the Church and the secular world into worship. God has charged her to be a voice singing in the wilderness of this world, outside of the normal means of ministry."

In 2004 Darlene signed with EMI Gospel and started work with producer Dallas Austin (TLC, Janet Jackson). She recorded tracks for some various artists albums. She also recorded a song for the soundtrack to Tyler Perry's successful movie Diary Of A Mad Black Woman. Darlene said, "I was so honoured because I had the opportunity to appear on the same project along with so many artists I have always loved, such as Patti LaBelle, Tamela Mann, Natalie Cole and India Arie."















  Name Artist Released  
I Shall Live and Not Die - Single Darlene McCoy 05/17/11
Random Foolishness Darlene McCoy 08/06/13
Not Guilty - Single Darlene McCoy 06/05/12
Simply Because (A) Darlene McCoy
(Instrumental Track) - Single
Fruition Music Inc. 03/01/12