About Darlene McCoy
A well-known praise leader and urban inspirational artist Darlene McCoy released her self-titled debut album in 2007 making a tremendous impact on the music world. An album that from song to song is powerful, moving, and beautiful.
Darlene style is best described as refreshing, innovative, classic, anointed, and powerful. She is a leader in her community as she serves the city of Atlanta GA every Sunday morning with ministry and worship on the cities hottest Hip Hop Radio station on a show called The Spirit of Hip Hop.
McCoy serves as a praise leader leading thousands in to worship at world renowned New Birth Missionary Baptist Church where Bishop Eddie Long is the Senior Pastor. She leads millions of listeners into freestyle worship, leads sinners to Christ, and serves them by ministering first hand to callers with issues, and needs for prayer and guidance. She has been adopted by the Atlanta Hip Hop Community as the Big Sister of the Christ movement. She is at the forefront of the latest move in the kingdom of God, the urban inspirational culture, as she is plugged in entertainment as the host of a hot new upcoming Christian Television show, she hosts at Atlantas hottest new club called the C-Room, she is the CEO of JENIMAC incorporated a company that specifically ministers to the needs of girls and women.
“My definition of worship is a lifestyle,” said McCoy. “I’m a cosmopolitan person who has urban sensibilities and it is who I am and this IS my worship. When I write and sing, I want it to be from me, and this album reveals how I offer my praise and my adoration to God. It is no less or no more because it’s contemporarily styled.”
“I want them to see me and find their own way to give Him glory and praise. I went into the recording with the hopes of reaching those in my life – neighbors, friends, the person in the market … the every day people and give them what I know of God,” McCoy said.
The first single “If there Were No You,” was written and produced by hit maker J. Moss and in his special story-telling and relatable way, gave McCoy an all-encompassing song of the wholeness and completeness of God.
“I Adore You,” a classically structured love song that evokes thoughts of the most intimate of relationships while lyrically letting us know that He is the ultimate lover of our souls.
Able to show range, McCoy lets loose a bit on the opening energetic rockin’ “Good To Me,” with a hard driving guitar lick where her big voice manages to power through the track. “I can listen to any music and music is my language,” said McCoy.
“I really believe that our music should have no boundaries or limits because God is limitless and has no boundaries. In order for His Word will get to the world, we’ve got to start in music and in entertainment. That is how people will grab hold to it and that’s where people will find God … through the music.”
Another favorite is “U.N.I.T.Y.” that straightforwardly speaks to exactly what McCoy stands for – a universal connection to God through varied expressions of praise. Though inspired by the memorable news footage of Hurricane Katrina, McCoy applies what she saw to everyday life. Although the commonality for those people was devastation; our commonality now should be Jesus. How instead of fighting, through hope it can bring people together. “In working with Tommy Sims, who produced the song, he left it wide open for me to express myself and was really able to bring out what I was thinking,” she said.
In this album McCoy creates a lasting impression as a singer who does more than cross genres but transcends the definitions of what praise and worship should sound like and she takes pride in the soulful and attuned artist that she is.