Dot Akers
1923–1995

Introduction

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Born: May 21, 1923, Brook­field, Mis­sou­ri.

Died: Ju­ly 26, 1995, Ed­i­na, Min­ne­so­ta.

Buried: Lake­wood Ce­me­te­ry, Min­ne­a­po­lis, Min­ne­so­ta.

Biography

Doris was the daugh­ter of Floyd and Pearl Ak­ers. Her fa­mi­ly moved to Kirks­ville, Mis­sou­ri, when she was five years old.

A self taught mu­si­cian, she wrote her first Gos­pel song at age 10. As a teen­ag­er, she formed a band called Dot Ak­ers and Her Swing­sters.

After mov­ing to Los An­ge­les, Ca­li­for­nia, she played for the Sal­lie Mar­tin Sing­ers, then formed her own group with Dor­o­thy Sim­mons, the Sim­mons-Ak­ers Singers.

Later, she was so­lo­ist and di­rect­or for the Sky Pi­lot Choir in Los An­ge­les.

She was al­so as­so­ci­at­ed with the Full Gos­pel Church, Co­lum­bus, Ohio.

She was in­duct­ed in­to the Gos­pel Mu­sic Hall of Fame in 2001.

Works

Akers wrote some 300 Gos­pel songs in her life­time.

Sources

Lyrics