AKERS, Doris Mae. b. Brookfield, Missouri, 21 May 1922; d. Minneapolis, Minnesota, 26 July 1995. Doris Akers had an active career as singer, choir director, songwriter, and recording artist, though she had no formal training in music. She wrote her first song at age ten, and afterwards composed hundreds of gospel songs and hymns (some sources indicate 500) including ‘Lead me, guide me’* and ‘There’s a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place’* which have influenced developments in Black Urban Gospel and White Southern Gospel. She lived in Los Angeles from 1945 to 1970, where she founded the Doris Akers Singers (1947) and the Sky Pilot Choir (1958), and published her first solo album, ‘Sing...
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