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Doris Akers

August 27, 2011

Was listening to a couple of gospel songs today and found out that Doris Akers wrote both of them. Here is a quote from her Wikipedia bio:

She received many awards including back-to-back “Gospel Music Composer of the Year” in both 1960 and 1961. Doris Akers Day was held in Kirksville, MO in 1976, approximately 20,000 attended the evening concert. In 1992, she was honored by the Smithsonian Institution as “the foremost black gospel songwriter in the United States.” She was posthumously inducted to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2001. Her songs including “Sweet, Sweet Spirit”, “Lead Me, Guide Me”, “You Can’t Beat God Giving”, “Grow Closer”,”I Cannot Fail The Lord”, “He Delivered Me”, “God Is So Good” and “My Expectation” appear in the hymnals of many denominations.

Her compositions have been recorded by many Gospel and secular artists, including Mahalia Jackson, The Statesmen, The Caravans, Willie Mae Ford Smith, Clara Ward, the Sallie Martin Singers, Brother Joe May, James Cleveland,Gene Viale, Bill Gaither, Ernie Haase, George Beverly Shea, Elvis Presley, Conway Twitty and many others.

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