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Dorothy Norwood

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  • Years Active: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Affectionately known as "the World's Greatest Storyteller," Dorothy Norwood has used her soulful vocals and uplifting delivery to rise to the upper echelon of modern gospel music. Five of her albums have achieved gold status, while, she's garnered six Grammy nominations and three Stellar Award nominations.

Norwood has been singing most of her life. At the age of eight, she toured and performed with a family group. Moving to Chicago, in 1956, she sang with Mahalia Jackson, the Caravans, and Reverend James Cleveland. Launching her solo career, in 1964, she was a hit from the start. With her debut solo album, Johnny and Jesus, she earned her first gold record award. Her second album, Denied Mother, did equally as well. An opportunity to bring her music beyond the church came in 1972, when Norwood was invited to be an opening act for the Rolling Stones' 30-state American tour.

Norwood continues to share her convictions through music. Her album, Live With the Northern California GMWA Mass Choir, released in 1991, reached the top position on the Top 40 chart compiled by Billboard.