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Gospel singer Claudelle Clarke's quest to find sisters

Published:Saturday | February 7, 2015 | 12:00 AM

For years, she has been ministering to others with songs such as God Is A Mountain, That's Enough, Glory Glory and It's All Taken Care Of.

Now, she is hoping that others will help her in the search for her two sisters who she has not seen since the '50s.

"I have been looking for them since 1983. They are the missing part of the puzzle in my life - the two girls my dad never saw or talked with before he passed away," the singer, who is now living in Atlanta, United States, told The Gleaner.

Her sisters are Barbara and Arlene Clarke, both for her father, Josyln. As far as Claudelle knows, either they or their mothers were from St Mary and they should both be in their 50s right now.

From the information she has gathered, Claudelle said both her sisters migrated to England in the early '50s.

"I know that Arlene's mother died when she was a baby because she was living with us for a little while," Clarke recalls.

HEART-BREAKING EXPERIENCE

Searching for them is a heartbreaking experience as she said she is tormented by the thoughts of wondering what has happened to them.

"My heart is broken not knowing what happened or where they are, or if they have children or grandchildren. Family means a lot to me, and my two sisters are missing. It would be the greatest joy finding them," she said.

One lead she has gotten is that her sister Barbara's husband is from Morant Bay in St Thomas.

A mother and grandmother herself, she constantly reminds her offsprings about her two sisters who are missing from her life.

She lives for the day when the unit can be complete, as she said "it would be my greatest joy finding them".

Claudelle Clarke, who hails from Kingston, started her music career as a secular artiste working out at Studio One with Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Alton Ellis, among others.

It has been more than 40 years now since she made the transition to ministering for the Lord.

The singer is hoping for a miracle - that she will finally get to be united with her missing siblings.

- Cecelia Campbell-Livingston