Psalmist Doris A. Stokes

Psalmist Doris A. Stokes

 Dayton, Ohio, USA
BandChristianGospel

This most anticipated debut CD effort by one of the Gospel industry's best kept secrets, Psalmist Doris A. Stokes (of the powerhouse praise & worship group "Rodney Posey & Praise"), convincingly transitions into the contemporary Gospel music scene.

Biography

PSALMIST DORIS A. STOKES
Gospel Soloist/Praise & Worship Leader
Songwriter/Actress

Out of the Stokes clan of Dayton, Ohio, comes STILL another multi-talented artist and performer. Doris A. Stokes, the youngest member of this star-producing family, possesses a song and style all her own. She has been singing ever since she can remember, starting in church and at home with her brothers Otha (formerly of The Ohio Players and The Sugarhill Gang), Frank, Ralph, Otis (formerly of the R&B group “Lakeside”), Arthur (“Hakim” formerly of the Dayton band “Heatwave”) and her sister, Diane. The family often sang in huddles in the back room or in the basement of their parents’ home. “Otis and Hakim were always in charge of giving out the singing parts to all of us and we would sing some commercial jingle or cartoon theme song in at least five part harmony!”

Like the rest of the crew, Doris was raised in a Christian home by parents who loved the Lord. “That’s where it all started. It’s really all we knew from the very beginning. My mom and dad made us sing in the choir. We were "drafted" into it once the secret was out that we all could sing! Since going to church was NEVER an option in our household, being in the choir was a requirement that was not open for discussion. Just like school…it was “understood.”

Doris began writing songs at the age of nineteen, however, she first sang professionally at the age of sixteen with Otis on his first solo R&B project. During these teenage years, Doris also sang with their elder brother, Arthur “Hakim” Stokes, on several recordings including the soundtrack to the Disney movie, “All Dogs Go To Heaven,” on Curb Records. Soon, she began singing gospel professionally, and became a founding member with contemporary gospel choir “David Minor with One Voice” of Cincinnati, Ohio. She went on to lead praise & worship services in penal facilities (prison ministry is her passion) throughout the Ohio Valley and Tri-State areas. “I realize there’s nothing glamorous about singing in prison, but you are either anointed to do it, or you’re not. I looked beyond the metal bars and barbed wire and realized that Jesus died for them too.” Doris was later brought into her oldest brother's music ministry, the late (and dynamic) gospel saxophonist, Minister Otha Stokes, Jr., singing background vocals with his ensemble “The Gospel Troupe." She sang on Otha's debut gospel album entitled “Praise Him,” which he completed before his unexpected passing in June 1999.

Doris’ old choir, "David Minor with One Voice," which had disbanded in 1997, was regrouped and re-named “New Vision under the direction of Archie Byers”. New Vision made an impressive impact on the gospel music scene all over Cincinnati, the Tri-State and the South. They completed one “live” CD in 2001 in which Doris was a featured soloist. New Vision has opened and/or served as the workshop choir for such gospel artists as Rodnie Bryant, LaMar Campbell, Marvin Sapp, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Minister Kurt Carr, Byron Cage, Tramaine Hawkins, Beverly Crawford and Charles Fold and the Charles Fold Singers.

Doris is fast becoming a premier guest at workshops, seminars, convocations and conferences nationwide. In addition to her role as the featured Psalmist, she is also a teacher / clinician on the importance and power of praise and worship in our churches and in our personal lives. She is also a member of the powerhouse praise and worship group, and Crystal Rose recording artist, “Elder Rodney Posey & Praise."

“Rodney is a master at leading God’s people into His presence. I have been heavily influenced by his gift. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to have a great friend and mentor like Rodney Posey.”

Other musical influences include Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle and Aretha Franklin. “They have unmatched vocal abilities…awesome.” Her greatest gospel "awes" go to Rance Allen, Shirley Caesar, Vanessa Bell –Armstrong and LaShun Pace (for their “not to be messed with” runs). The Clark Sisters, The Winans, Yolanda Adams (for the power of ministry behind her vocals) and Tramaine Hawkins (for her powerful soprano vocal dynamics) are also favoirtes. Out of the new era of gospel artists she gives "thumbs up" to Fred Hammond and Radicals for Christ, Hezekiah Walker, Donald Lawrence, Kurt Carr, Richard Smallwood and John P. Kee. “I love all of them for the unique gifts they bring to the Body of Christ.”

In addition to her busy music ministry, Doris is very active as an actress/vocalist in gospel stage plays whenever the opportunity arises! She was featured in the gospel play “An Upper Room Experience” that also starred Shirley Murdock. She is presently writing her own stage production tentatively entitled, “We Are Family…?” She believes that this stage version of her testimony will have audiences hysterically laughing one moment, and in tears the next. It should also make everyone who sees it

Lyrics

Send Me

Written By: Doris Stokes

SEND ME
Written by: Doris A. Stokes for NouriSongs Publishing
Co-writer: V-N.I.C.E.
From the forthcoming CD: “Black Pearl”

Hook
I’ll go where You want to go,
Do what You want me to do,
Anywhere You want to send me,
Just know that I’m down with You! (repeat)

Verse 1
Some, some people say,
Say they’re not wil-ling to show Your love
But how, how will they hear
Without a preacher?
How, how will they know?

Oh, can, can we afford
Afford to pick and choose
Who should hear your Word?
Oh, no!
For One, One died for all,
One rose for all,
Send me I’ll go!
(Hook)

Verse 2
Some, some people say,
Say, if you’re skin’s not the “right” tone,
Oh, you, you can-not pos-sibly be,
Be as good as me! (No, no!)
Oh, we, we are still compelled,
To love the “hell” out of those like that!
Oh, yeah!
For One, One died for all,
One rose for all,
Send me I’ll go!

Special Round
To the prisons, (I’ll go)
To the homeless, (I’ll go)
The unloved and, (I’ll go)
To the streets and, (I’ll go)
To the lonely, (I’ll go)
Broken-hearted, (I’ll go)
To the nations, (I’ll go)
I’ll go! (repeat)

(Hook)

Anointed!

Written By: Doris Stokes, V-N.I.C.E.

ANOINTED!
This is for all of the “haters!”
Written by: Doris A. Stokes for NouriSongs Publishing
Co-writer: V-N.I.C.E.
From the New CD:“Black Pearl”

Intro Rap (Spoken)
This is for all of the “haters”,
Who can’t stand to see the favor of the Lord on me,
Don’t get mad ‘cause I’m Anointed for the job,
If you want what I got, you have to do what I did,
I paid a high price…
Are you ready for this?
Hit it!

Hook
Nothin’ you ever say about me,
Will do me no harm!
So “haters” BEWARE!
No weapon you ever form against me,
Shall ever prosper!

Verse 1
I’ve been sittin’ here thinkin’ “what’s the problem people hatin’ on me?”
Could it be my possessions, or my disposition,
I , can’t seem to figure it out!
But then I fast and prayed, began to think about how good God had really been to me,
How He raised me, He gave me everything I need for ministry,
For that I paid a high price!
Never, never, never!

(Hook #2)
Can nothin’ you ever say about me,
Will do ya no good!
So “haters” BEWARE!
God said, touch not mine Anointed and
Do my prophet no harm!

Verse 2
Ya know people are so quick to judge based on the things that they see,
People have no idea of the pain and the cost of what it took for you to come to be,
And so they “check out” your car and your house, your job
And think that “things” are the ultimate key,
If they knew all the tears, all the “haters” you overcame to be
A-N-O-I-N-T-E-D!
Never, never, never!
(Hook #1)

Never, never, never!

Breakdown
Is it the clothes I wear? No!
Is it how I wear my hair? No!
If you’re hatin’ my attitudes’ “I don’t care” No!

Oh, must be Anointed!

Maybe ‘cause my crib is “live?” No!
Or is it the car I drive? No!
My “bling, bling” caught ya eye? No!

Oh, must be Anointed!

Never, never, never!

Special Round
Nothin’!
You ever say about me,
You can’t even stop me,
You ever take from me,
A hedge is all around me,
No weapon formed against me,
Will ever prosper!

(Repeat and add the intro rap to the round and fade)

Intro Rap (Spoken)
This is for all of the “haters”,
Who can’t stand to see the favor of the Lord on me,
Don’t get mad ‘cause I’m Anointed for the job,
If you want what I got, you have to do what I did,
I paid a high price…
Are you ready for this?
Hit it!

Discography

"Black Pearl" debut CD from Neuhaus Entertainment Group
"A New Song of Worship" by Rodney Posey & Praise
from Crystal Rose Records
"The Fire Choir" Solid Rock Fire Choir/Independent Project
"Otis Stokes" debut solo CD from JustUs Records
"All Dogs Go To Heaven" Walt Disney Movie Soundtrack Song: "One Down, Two Down" by Hakim and Lady Diana from Curb Records

Set List

Glorious - Martha Munizzi
Send Me - Doris Stokes
Bless The Lord With Me - Darwin Hobbs
Special Gift - Donnie McClurkin
Forever You're My King - Carlton Pearson
The Lord Thy God - Straight Gate Choir
God Is Here - Martha Munizzi
More Than Anything - LaMar Campbell
High Praise - Dr. Judith McAllister