Doreen Vail

Doreen Vail

 Baltimore, Maryland, USA

When a word could not be found to answer the question, "What kind of music does Doreen sing?", one was created just for her, "GOSPIRATIONARY"! It represents a mixture of gospel, spiritual, inspirational, and contemporary melodies that Doreen delivers with powerful vocals that your soul will "FEEL"!


Singing has been as natural for Doreen Vail as breathing. Her powerful vocals have been compared to those of Yolanda Adams, Jill Scott, and even Barbara Streisand. However, most people agree that she has a unique style that is all her own. Doreen is able to rip through a traditional gospel hymn, soar through a love ballad, and flow into a jazzy tune, all while taking her listeners on an inspirational journey that keeps them captivated until her final note is sung. Her style can be described as “gospirationary”, a unique blend of gospel, spiritual, inspirational, and contemporary melodies.

Doreen is a 2009 Stellar Award nominee for Contemporary Female Artist Of The Year for her sophomore project entitled “Odyssey”. She is also a 2009 WAMMIE nominee for the same CD. Her first CD, “Reflections of a Yielded Vessel”, opened international doors through worldwide television exposure and travel to Africa. Doreen sees her music as not just a collection of songs but also as a concept that if taken in its entirety will impact and change lives. Doreen realizes that her greatest assets are in her voice and in her heart. When connected, no matter what the platform, God uses her to impact lives.

In 2006, Doreen was also afforded the opportunity to co-produce the season four theme song “Way Down in the Hole” for the highly-acclaimed HBO series “The Wire”.

Doreen has sung and appeared on a wide variety of venues including TBN, appearing with her friend Alvin Slaughter, and a movie entitled, “Guilty By Association” starring Morgan Freeman. She has shared platforms with artists ranging from CeCe Winans, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, and Kirk Franklin to Frankie Beverly and Maze to Andy Williams. The list of churches, festivals, and conferences at which she has shared the stage with many prominent artists are too numerous to name. However, if you were to ask Doreen where the greatest places are that she has ever sung, she would say the prison in NC, the nursing homes, hospitals at patients’ bedsides, homeless shelters, women’s shelters, camps for underprivileged children, and in the bush areas of Zimbabwe, Africa. She lives her life to fulfill the quote, “You make a living from what you get and a life from what you give.”


Release Date: January 26, 2008
The CD "ODYSSEY" will take you on an amazingly soulful and introspective journey about life. Doreen's eclectic and powerful yet smooth vocal style will transition you from simply living to feeling alive! The ride is sweet as the music moves you along with gospel, jazz, neo-soul, and R&B beats. The lyrics, delivered with outstanding vocals, bring home the message. It is when the music and the vocals unite that you are then swept away by the "ODYSSEY". This is a superb CD that requires the listener to do only one thing..."PUSH PLAY"!

The project was produced by the talented and versatile James E. Johnson for Vail House Productions.

Release Date: July 2000

REFLECTIONS OF A YIELDED VESSEL is the debut project released by gospel vocalist Doreen Vail. If you find difficulty in figuring out to whom the songs on this project are directed, then the vision God gave to Doreen has not been compromised. He told her that her gift of song is meant to reach a wide and diverse audience, and that she must allow the music to meet the people where they are. The variety of songs on this project may be best described if we coin a new term . . . "gospirationary" . . . a unique blend of gospel, spiritual, inspirational, and contemporary melodies from Heaven.

The project was produced by producers extraordinaire Vonkendrick Ginyard and Vernon Bouknight of Knight Time Productions in Washington, D.C.


Seth Vail - manager
(410) 866-1497

Vail House Productions
P.O. Box 10883
Baltimore, MD 21234 (e-mail) (website)

Set List

Set List - primarily originals from her 15-song sophomore CD "Odyssey" and her 10-song debut CD "Reflections Of A Yielded Vessel". Can also do covers upon request of gospel, inspirational, R&B, Soul and jazz standards.

Solo engagements vary from 1 or 2 songs up to a 90-minute set, singing to music tracks of songs from her two CDs, cover songs from tracks and with her own band, or to music provided by musicians available at the venue.

Full-band sets can range from 20 minutes to 2 hours.