Born: May 21, 1923, Brookfield, Missouri.
Died: July 26, 1995, Edina, Minnesota.
Buried: Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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.
Akers wrote some 300 Gospel songs in her lifetime.