Jacky Cullum Chisholm

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Jacky Clark Chisholm
Birth name Jacqueline Lenita Cullum
Born (1948-12-29) December 29, 1948 (age 67)
Origin Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Genres Gospel
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1973–present
2005–present (solo)
Labels Entheos Records
Associated acts The Clark Sisters
Karen Clark Sheard
Elbernita "Twinkie" Clark
Dorinda Clark Cole
Website http://www.theclarksisters.com/

Jacky Clark-Chisholm (born Jacqueline Cullum; December 29, 1948) [1] is a two-time Grammy Award-winning American gospel singer. She is the oldest member of the world-renowned gospel singing group The Clark Sisters.


Early life[edit]

Jacky is the eldest daughter of legendary gospel innovator Dr. Mattie Moss-Clark. Influenced by their mother’s work, Jacky and her younger sisters formed the world-renowned award-winning gospel singing group The Clark Sisters. The group flourished and became known for their classic gospel performances including "Is My Living In Vain?" and "You Brought the Sunshine".

Solo career[edit]

On March 29, 2005, Chisholm released her first solo album, Expectancy, on the Entheos Records label. On this album she teamed up with songwriter/producer Carnell Murrell, Autun Foster, and Doreonne Stramler. Recorded live at the Cathedral Center in Detroit, the album’s background vocals were supplied by a special assembly of vocalists, which included two of her children, Angel and Aaron Chisholm, as well as Lorenzo Clark, her sister Denise Clark-Bradford's son. The choir was directed by Bryon Stanfield. Her vision for the album is simply meant to “minister to the heart and soul, to restore the people of God who’ve been hurt working in the church.”[citation needed] Her signature vocals can be heard on “Oil of God,” “We Are Overcomers” featuring Twinkie Clark, and the urban Gospel tune “My Soul Says Yes.” The album also features a duet with Jacky and Ron Winans and a special appearance by the Clark Sisters together on “Blessing Me.” [2] On March 25, 2014, Jacky released her latest single "My Season", accompanied with the song On my Mind. This was the first release of new material since her 2005 solo debut.

Stage performer[edit]

As a performer, she has often taken major roles in nationally touring gospel stage plays such as Lawd Have Mercy, Mama Don’t, Can A Woman Make A Man Lose His Mind, and The Man of Her Dreams.

Musical influence[edit]

While her sibling counterparts are known for their impassioned vocals, Chisholm in contrast is known as the "sweet-voiced" sister. "I feel there is a need for more music that allows the listener to enter into praise and worship for the Lord," Chisholm asserts. "People have a need to meditate upon their own personal relationship with God, and I think that the kind of music I wish to perform will give them the space to reflect on God from their own points of view." [3]

Personal life[edit]

Chisholm has been married to Glynn Chisholm for 41 years and the mother of three children, Aaron, Michael and Angel. And as well as a grandmother.

Jacky is an Evangelist at her home church, Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God In Christ in Detroit Michigan. Bishop J. Drew Sheard, Senior Pastor. He is also a General Board Member for the Church of God in Christ and husband of her youngest sister Evangelist/singer Karen Clark Sheard. She has been appointed Director of the Youth Choir for the Church of God in Christ, Inc. National Music Department.

In addition to singing with The Clark Sisters, Chisholm soon emerged as a formidable leader in business. She became spokesperson for the group, managing promotion, correspondence, public relations, interviews, and the like, all while earning a nursing degree. Along with her mother, and sister Elbernita "Twinkie" Clark, Chisholm helped with the establishment of the Dr. Mattie Moss Clark Conservatory of Music in Detroit, Michigan, in 1979. Trusted as administrator of the school, Chisholm developed a curriculum and organized workshops that have trained hundreds of students over the years.

She is also a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association, and has done radio and television commercials for New York Life Insurance. Moreover, her stature provided her a platform as a motivational speaker for fundraisers such as H.O.P.E. South Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Professionally, Chisholm has been an instructor for the American Red Cross for 10 years. She recently earned a bachelor's degree in Family Life Education and Psychology and plans to open a counseling center for battered women and children.[citation needed]


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