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Dottie Peoples

Dottie Peoples

American musician

Dorothy "Dottie" Peoples (b. August 12, 1950) is an American gospel singer from Dayton, Ohio. After completing high school, she toured with gospel pioneer Dorothy Norwood, a member of the Caravans. After a stint in jazz, she relocated to Atlanta in 1979 and returned to her gospel roots. She has been dubbed "Songbird of the South.


Peoples has performed with Widespread Panic at the inaugural Bonnaroo Music Festival and with Dorothy Norwood. She sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the 1996 Olympics, "He's an On Time God" at the memorial service for John Lewis, and at the 2020 Stellar Awards.

Other endeavors

Dottie has an honorary Doctor of Sacred Music from Global Evangelical Christian College (Part of the International Circle of Faith Colleges and Seminaries network). Dottie toured many places with her close friend Garnelle Hubbard-Spearman.

Peoples tours with a five-piece band consisting of guitar, keyboards, bass, synthesizer, and drums. She produces her own music, plus that of Reverend Dreyfus Smith, her pastor, and The Wings Of Faith Mass Choir, her home church. Peoples also produces the music for Reverend Andrew Cheairs and The Songbirds of Byhalia, Mississippi.

She was a spokesperson for Lustrasilk, a hair product of the Gillette company, and then as a spokesperson for a southern women's clothing store, Colbert's. She can be seen and heard in television commercials.


August 12, 1950
Dottie Peoples was born in Dayton.


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