Todd Anthony Dulaney (born December 20, 1983) is an American gospel musician and former baseball player. His music career started in 2011, with the release of the CD version, Pulling Me Through. This would be his breakthrough released upon the Billboard Gospel Albums chart.
He would release another album, A Worshipper’s Heart, in 2016 with EntertainmentOne Nashville, and this would place even higher on the Gospel Albums chart.
Dulaney was born in Maywood, Illinois as Todd Anthony Dulaney, to Thomas and Tommye Dulaney. He was athletic as a youth playing sports in particular baseball, where he would play at a local community college, Wabash Valley College, getting drafted by the New York Mets in the 2002 MLB June Amateur Draft as a 32nd round selection.
He never reached the major leagues, but played his short stint as a professional baseball player in the minor leagues. He decided after the 2005 season to retire from the sport because he felt God’s call to play gospel music, which he did under the tutelage of artist, Smokie Norful, who asked him to tour with him.
He says, “I spent most of my life pursuing a baseball career, playing 5 years of professional baseball. Now, my joy comes from serving the Lord in any and every capacity of life.”
His music recording career commenced in 2011, with the physical album, Pulling Me Through, and it was released on May 31, 2011 by Dulaney independently. This was his breakthrough release upon the Billboard Gospel Albums chart, placing at No. 43.
His subsequent release, Pulling Me Through, was released by GoldStreet Gospel Records on January 22, 2013. This time it placed even higher at No. 23 on the aforementioned chart because it was released digitally along with extended content.
He released A Worshipper’s Heart on April 15, 2016, with Entertainment One Music. The album peaked at No. 1 on the Gospel Albums chart, while it got No. 150 on The Billboard 200 and No. 13 on the Independent Albums chart.
Todd has worked and shared the stage with many award-winning artists, including Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Jessica Reedy, Maurette Brown-Clark, Michelle Williams, Fred Hammond, Dr Bobby Jones, Ernest Pugh, TRIN-I-TEE 5:7, Nicole and David Binion, Tye Tribbett and Donnie McClurkin just to name a few.
Dulaney has made appearances on BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel, TBN “Praise the Lord”, 15th Street Live, Atlanta Gospel Live, BBTV, TCT “I’m Just Sayin”, The 2011 Merge Summit and (3) nominations for the 2012 Stellar Awards second-round ballot, and recently received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Gospel Album.
Dulaney has delivered some of the biggest worship anthems of the past three years with his remake of the Planet Shakers’ CCM hit, The Anthem, and Victory Belongs To Jesus, which Dulaney penned, establishing a track record of success early on his musical journey.
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His latest album, appropriately titled Your Great Name (eOne Entertainment), hit the streets on January 19, 2018. His emphasis on vertical worship, along with his drive to strengthen believers’ personal relationship with God, have proven to be exactly what the genre needed. “I wanted to create an experience that showcased a bigger sound, encouraged corporate worship, and would cross cultures,” says Dulaney. “I believe we achieved that with this body of work.”
Dulaney’s wife is Kenyetta Stone-Dulaney, and together they have four children, Tenley, Taylor, Tyler, and Todd Jr., who attend church at All Nations Worship Assembly located in Chicago, Illinois.