Dorothy Norwood began singing and touring with her family at the age of eight. In 1956 she moved to Chicago Illinois, and was soon singing with gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. Shortly after, during the early 1960's, Norwood became a member of the group Albertina Walker and The Caravans, which would include such gospel music legends as the Queen of Gospel Albertina Walker who was also Dorothy's role model and confidant.
Affectionately known as "the world's Greatest Storyteller," Five of her albums have achieved gold status, while she has garnered six Grammy nominations and three Stellar Award nominations. 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. In 1972 her second album, The Denied Mother, did equally as well, and presented an opportunity to bring her music beyond the church. She was invited to be the opening act for the Rolling Stones on a 30 State American tour.
She is here tonight to help a former Dorothy Norwood Singer,(Shirley Wahls) with this fund.raiser for Shirley's' dream of establishing a Youth Foundation, to teach children ages 10-18 about gospel music basically but, all genres of music and the Arts.