Lorraine Clarke-McGhie | Leading British Gospel to Mainstream

In 2005 Lorraine Clarke – McGhie released her debut album titled I CAN GO ON, an 11 song album of self-penned tracks. She is still going strong and is an example of one of the rapidly emerging talents to be established in British Gospel. McGhie has risen above the radar and could be one of the first Gospel brands since Nu Colors to stake her claim in the national UK charts.


What is Lorraine Clarke - McGhie’s signature song and why?
My signature song ‘Bless Thou The Lord Oh My Soul/ He’s Worthy’ by Judith McAllister. This is an up-tempo lively praise song that modulates and requires a lot of energy to sing. It is a song that gets everyone moving in praise. I love to use dance when praising God. This is a song where I have desire to physically hold back? – Oh no! It’s the time to get my praise on!

Who is your role model?
Oprah Winfrey is one of my many role models; Intelligent. A Powerful leader. Financially independent. Confident. Articulate. A Great influencer. Passionate. Caring. Considerate. Inspiring. Hard working. Able to get the best out of people.

Your toughest challenge?
Having to remember each day that I have type 2 diabetes is a very tough challenge.  The implications of what this could lead to is so devastating that I have to reverse all my negative thoughts daily. It helps knowing that God has looked after me this far as I stand on His word and look after myself to the best of my ability.   

Your brightest day?
My brightest day was the day I started my relationship with God.

Given a choice, who should produce your next album and why?
I would like Warren Campbell – Mary Mary’s producer – to produce my next album as well as my husband and Paul Watson. I am just imagining all three of them. I know for certain they will not be happy if I don’t allow them to collaborate together. Lol! Warren has done a fantastic job with Mary Mary and Erica Campbell. This would also be a fantastic opportunity for my husband who is co-producer of my current EP to grow musically as well.

Has your music event entered the national UK charts, if not, why not?
My up and coming single and EP are still being completed and I’m praying that they will eventually enter the national UK charts. However the music that I have released before was not supported and marketed the way I anticipated. This was due to me not having the right connections at the time and also me giving up on myself when I saw things weren’t working in my favor. This time I have decided to try something different with the help and direction of my husband Clive McGhie and Paul Watson which will enable my music to appeal to everybody. I want my music to be played in all mainstream venues around the world.

Do you tour Europe, USA, Africa?
Not at the moment. However my plan is to not only tour Europe, America and the African continents but to tour the world.

Why should a mainstream demographic listen to your music?
This time my music is different than my previous music. I would consider my music to be motivating, inspiring and hopeful. At the same time I would consider it diverse, funky, soulful and would appeal to a wider demographic. The message in my songs is quite simple, easy to understand, positive and in styles that would easily appeal to all.

Do you have a favourite MOBO moment?
The year 1996 when Nu Colours won the MOBO Award- they were the first British gospel group to have won this award. Also the founder of Nu Colours,Lawrence Johnson, is a dear friend and part of my advisory team. When it’s my turn, Now that will be my favorite moment.


In your opinion, why is American legend Kirk Franklin a successful Gospel artist, and can you achieve the same level of success?
There are a number of reasons... He lives in a continent that celebrates and appreciates gospel music and he has crossed many musical barriers by being the first to bring gospel music to the secular world. This has been done by his choice of music that he produces and the way he writes lyrics that appeal to those both in and out of the church. I believe he had the right formula and the boldness to be different. That is the beauty of music. If it sounds good and the message is simple to understand and it produced right then I believe it has the potential to go far.


Lorraine is presently in the studio recording her third project (title to be revealed) soon with a release date scheduled for June 2015 with Paul Watson – Producer and her husband producer Clive McGhie who has co-produced all the tracks and inspired the wide range of styles. Lorraine Clarke-McGhie’s new project promises to be inspirational, soulful and funky showing her diversity and personality.


Steve Alexander Smith (Author: British Black Gospel)