Psalmist Doris Stokes
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Psalmist Doris Stokes

Fairfield, Ohio, United States | INDIE

Fairfield, Ohio, United States | INDIE
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"Press Review Comment"

"Psalmist Doris Stokes has a unique anointing for Praise & Worship. She is a great vessel in the kingdom of God."
- G.Q. Lee, President/GospelXone.com; Internet Marketing/Promotions


"Press Review Comment"

"For years Doris Stokes has ministered when called, be it at the first minute or the last, offering up anointed melodies. Now, with the release of this project, many will hear and learn to love this sweet natured, church lady who can hold her own with the best! Doris Stokes' time has come!"
- Donna Creer, President of the Arkansas Gospel Announcer's Guild; 2nd Vice Chair National GMWA


"Press Review Comment"

"Doris Stokes has a fundamental gift and music ministry, and she truly is a blessing to the Body of Christ."

- Elder Rodney Posey; Pastor & National Recording Artist; Cincinnati, OH


"Press Review Comment"

"Doris Stokes is such a blessing to the Body of Christ. I so appreciate her Spirit and love for her ministry!"
- Minister Anita Chapman; Member of "Rodney Posey & Praise"; Worship Leader for Impact Worship Center,


"Press Review Comment"

"Her Willing Spirit is so important in these last days. These days I feel it's so hard to find a ministry such as Psalmist Doris Stokes & Zamar that are concerned about all facets of the Body of Christ, so as I support her Ministry I pass it on to others so that others can be blessed also."
- Avery Corbin; MyUrbanGospel.com; Operations Manager & Host of "Morning Glory" Program; Internet Radi


"Press Review Comment"

"It has been said that Bishop Mack gives his all when ministering; and I can say the same for Doris Stokes!"
- Bishop Michael Mack; Senior Pastor, Jerriel Baptist Church; Cincinnati, OH


"Press Review Comments"

"Psalmist Doris Stokes has blessed audiences on several occasions for my gospel programs. I thank Doris for bringing a spirit of praise and worship to my Gospel Plays!" - Jerome D. McIntosh; God's Champion Entertainment; Gospel Stage Playwright


"Press Review Comments"

"Doris exemplifies excellence in all that she does, her voice is anointed, her character strong, her witness reaches many, her spirit a sweet one, her future bright, and her love for God evident."

- Tracey Artis; VP of Gospel Promotions, Zomba Gospel Group


Discography

*"Praise & Worship...Unleashed!" by Doris Stokes. This HIGHLY anticipated "live" recorded praise & worship project by one of the industry's most promising, Anointed Worship Leaders/Psalmist is due for an October 2008 release...Be ONE OF THE FIRST to listen to the new single "Calypso Praise (STRIKE!) on the media player! (above) OR click on the "Audio" button to select the song.

*"Black Pearl" CD Sampler, by Doris Stokes (2003) Songwriter, Producer, Lead/Background Vocalist.

*"Taking the Word to the World", written by Doris Stokes. Recorded on the International Apostolic University of Grace & Truth Emalgamated Choir's Graduation video. (2002) Songwriter, Background Vocalist.

*"A New Song of Worship" by Elder Rodney Posey
Background vocalist and member of group "Praise." (2001)

*"We Need a Word From the Lord" written by Morris Mingo. Featured Lead Vocalist on "live" recording by "New Vision under the direction of Archie Byers." (1999)

*"The Fire Choir" by The Fire Choir of Solid Rock Church, Monroe, Ohio. (1998) Background Vocalist.

*"Praise Hymn" by Minister Otha Stokes, Jr. (1997) Background Vocalist and member of "Gospel Troupe."

*"Praise His Holy Name" written by Morris Mingo. David Minor With One Voice. Lead Vocalist (1994).

*"Otis Stokes " written/produced by Otis Stokes. Background Vocalist (1993).

*"All Dogs Go To Heaven" Movie Soundtrack MGM Movietime. Artists: Hakim & Lady Diana; Curb Records. Background Vocalist (1988).

*Hakim & Lady Diana" by Hakim & Lady Diana. Curb Records. Background Vocalist (1987).

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Bio

There are singers and there are SANGERS; Psalmist Doris Stokes just happens to be blessed as one of the latter! This dynamic vocalist hails out of the Stokes Family of Dayton, Ohio. Doris is the youngest member of this star-producing family, possessing a song and style all her own. She has been singing ever since she can remember, starting in church and at home with brothers, Otha (formerly of the group The Ohio Players & The Sugarhill Gang), Arthur (Hakim, formerly of the Dayton R&B group “Heatwave”), Frank, Ralph, Otis (formerly of the R&B group “Lakeside”) and sister Diane. The family often sang in huddles in the back room or in the basement of their parent’s 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 five (5) part harmony.”

Doris and her siblings were raised in a Christian home by parents who loved the Lord. “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 could all 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 on brother Otis’ first solo project. During these early years, she also sang background vocals with brother Hakim on several recordings including the soundtrack to the MGM movie, “All Dogs Go To Heaven” on MCA/Curb Records. Soon she began singing Gospel professionally and became a founding member with contemporary gospel choir out of Cincinnati, Ohio “David Minor With One Voice.” She went on to lead praise and worship services in penal facilities (prison ministry is her passion) all over the Ohio Valley and the 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. until his unexpected passing in June 1999.

Doris’ old choir “David Minor With One Voice” which had disbanded in 1997, was re-grouped and re-named “New Vision under the direction of Archie Byers.” This group began to make an impressionable impact on the gospel music scene all over Cincinnati, the Tri-state and the southern region. They completed one “live” CD in which Doris was a featured soloist. New Vision opened and/or served as workshop choir for such gospel artists as: Rodnie Bryant, LaMar Campbell, Marvin Sapp, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Karen Clark-Sheard, Kurt Carr, Tramaine Hawkins, Beverly Crawford and Charles Fold just to name a few.

Doris is fast becoming a premier guest at workshops, convocations and conferences nationwide. She has also become a TBN “favorite” guest music minister! She is a teacher/clinician on the importance of praise and worship as a lifestyle. Doris has served as a faithful member of the powerhouse praise and worship background group “Praise” which sings behind former Crystal Rose Records recording artist, Elder Rodney Posey.

Doris has shared stages with some of the Gospel industry’s finest including Israel Houghton, Marvin Sapp, the late Dr. Charles Fold, Karen Clark-Sheard, CeCe Winans, Mom Winans, Vickie Winans, Elder Carnell Murrell, Rance Allen, Father Hayes, J. Moss, Deitrick Haddon, Men of Standard, Fred Hammond, Minister Earl Bynum, Helen Baylor among many others and has served as background vocalist for such favorites as Byron Cage and Dorinda Clark-Cole. In August 2009, Doris was honored to have been the Opening Artist for the Annual 2009 Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion in Cincinnati, Ohio which featured the McDonald's Inspirational Gospel Concert with Special Guests: J. Moss and CeCe Winans!

In addition to her busy music ministry, Doris is the mother of one son, Nouri whom she adores. She is also a fashion designer (designing most of her stage outfits) and looking to launch a line of clothing in the future specifically for women in ministry.

Doris is also 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” which also featured Shirley Murdock. She has traveled extensively with the God’s Champion Entertainment stage production “Someone To Love Me” as the special Guest Psalmist during intermission. Doris is presently writing her own stage production tentatively entitled, “We Are Family…?” She believes this stage version of her testimony will have audiences laughing hysterically one moment and in tears the next. It should also make everyone who sees it inventory themselves on some very key life issues, especially racism in the church.