Dorinda Clark-Cole To Critics of ‘Church Girl’ Using Clark Sisters Sample: ‘Leave Beyonce Alone!’
Written by torresanz on August 10, 2022
Beyonce‘s latest album ‘Renaissance’ may have seen its historic ascent to #1 on the Billboard 200 accompanied by massive critical acclaim, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t still field its fair share of controversy and criticism for its content.
Beyond claims from fellow singer Kelis that her music was included on the set without permission, Bey was also on the receiving end of jeers from a number of listeners who disapproved of the interpolation of the Clark Sisters‘ 1981 gospel tune ‘Center of Thy Will’ as the base for the housed cut ‘Church Girl.’
Produced by The Dream and No I.D., ‘Girl’ features the looped vocals of legendary group member Dorinda Clark-Cole singing about being in the center of God’s will when Bey chimes in with less-than-holy lyrics about ‘dropping it like a thotty’ in the center of a dance floor.
Just weeks after lead Clark Sister Twinkie Clark, who wrote ‘Will,’ gave the sample a thumbs up, Clark-Cole took to the pulpit to echo her big sister’s sentiment. Look inside to see what she said.
Bey may have declared ‘nobody can judge me but me’ in ‘Church Girl,’ but some critics beg to differ as many have headed to social media to slam the diva for including a gospel sample under a sexually-charged and profanity-laden song.
Clark-Cole had apparently heard enough of the hoopla, as evidenced by a visit to Atlanta’s Great Faith Cathedral COGIC over the weekend.
While delivering her message, Dorinda had a few words for the good folks who have been condemning Beyonce.
“Y’all leave Beyonce alone,” the 64-year-old started at the video’s 1:41 mark. “As long as she’s got SOMETHING in there, that’s all that matters…it’s all about being in the center of HIS will.”
Hear the song in full below.
The words of encouragement came just a day before Billboard revealed ‘Church Girl’ had debuted at #22 on the Hot 100 – a feat only outdone by reports all of the content from ‘Renaissance’ secured placement on the Hot 100.