Doris Akers (May 21, 1923 - July 26, 1995)


Doris Akers was born in Brookfield, Missouri. She began learning to play piano at the age of five and had written her first song before the age of ten. Akers eventually moved to California where she became a choir director. Her best known composition is Sweet, Sweet Spirit.

Akers made several appearances with the Gaither Homecoming Tour.

Akers passed away in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1995.


GMA Hall Of Fame (2001)
SGMA Hall Of Fame (2011)

Songwriter's Rťsumť

(Partial List)

Can I Have This Happiness
Don't Stop Using Me
Every Time I Feel The Spirit
God Spoke To Me One Day
Golden Dreams
He Knows And He Cares
He's Alright With Me
Honey In That Rock
I Cannot Fail The Lord
I Hear God
I Stopped Dying And Started Living
I Sure Do Love The Lord
I Was There When The Spirit Came
I Wonít Move (Unless He Tells Me)
If I Didnít Know
I'm Not Satisfied Yet
It Rained
I've Found Something
Jesus Is The Name
Lead Me Guide Me
Lead On Lord Jesus
Life Eternal
Lord, Don't Move The Mountain
Lord Keep My Mind On Thee
Meet Me In Heaven
Mine For The Asking
My Heart Is Filled
No One But The Lord
Prayer Is The Answer
Sweet Jesus
Sweet, Sweet Spirit
Sweeter As The Days Go By
The Lord Is My Light
The Smile On His Face Never Fades
These Times Must Come
Walk In The Sunshine
Wanna Go To Heaven


1957 Sing Praises Unto The Lord (RCA Victor/LPM 1481): Lead Me To The Rock; Life Eternal; Lead On Lord Jesus; He's A Light Unto My Pathway; I've Found Something; I Was There When The Spirit Came; The Smile On His Face Never Fades; Jesus Is The Name; Open Your Heart; Meet Me In Heaven; Teach Me Lord To Wait; He's Alright With Me.

1959 Doris Akers Sings With The Sky Pilot Choir (Christian Faith Records/DA-6047): My Faith Looks Up To Thee; Lead Me, Guide Me; Where Jesus Is 'Tis Heaven; I Bowed on My Knees and Cried "Holy"; Lord Keep My Mind On Thee; I'll Be There; I Cannot Fail The Lord; Don't Stop Using Me; I'm Not Satisfied Yet; We'll Understand It Better By and By.

1960 Doris Akers Sings (Christian Faith Records/DA-6045): Bread Cast Upon The Waters; Climbing Jacob's Ladder; If I Can Help Somebody; Golden Slippers; Lord Don't Move The Mountain; The Wesley Brothers; How Big Is God; No One But The Lord; Mine For The Asking; Honey In That Rock.

1963 Forever Faithful (RCA Victor/LSP-2644): You'll Never Walk Alone; God Is So Good; Medley: Peace Like A River/Wonderful Peace; It Is Well With My Soul; In Times Like These; I Believe; My God Is Real; I Just Got Religion; It Pays To Serve Jesus; Just A Closer Walk With Thee; Pass Me Not.

1964 Doris Akers And The Statesmen Sing for You (RCA Victor/LPM/LSP-2936): Every Time I Feel The Spirit; Prayer Is The Answer; Get On Board Little Children; Sweet Sweet Spirit; It Rained; I Cannot Fail The Lord; Old Time Religion; Sweet Jesus; Wanna Go To Heaven; He Knows And He Cares; Bless That Wonderful Name Of Jesus; I Was There When The Spirit Came.

1964 Doris Akers Sings In Church For Missions (Crusade Records/LPM-2703): I Call Jesus My Rock; Closer To Thee; I'm Going To Live So; I'm A Child Of The King; Do You Know Him?; One Of These Days; God Spoke To Me One Day; Beatitudes; I Called On The Lord; The Storm Is Passing Over.

1965 Highway To Heaven (RCA Victor/LSP-3335): I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say; It's In My Heart; Oh How I Love Jesus/To Me It's So Wonderful; Dwelling In Beulah Land; Is There Any Peace Anywhere; It's A Highway To Heaven; To Be Used Of God; Blessed Quietness; My Song Of Assurance; Without Him; These Old Bones; How Great Thou Art.

1970 Lord, Give Me A Song (Zondervan Records/ZLP 803): No Hiding Place; My Heart Is Filled; At A Time Like This; Battle Hymn; Down By The Riverside; I Will Serve Thee; Shepherd Of Love; Lord, Don't Move That Mountain; Lord, Give Me A Song; When I Lay My Burdens Down.

1973 Sweet Sweet Spirit (Manna Records/MS-2003): Sweet Sweet Spirit; These Times Must Come; Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me; I Stopped Dying And Started Living; The Lord Is My Light; Walk In The Sunshine; If I Didnít Know; Can I Have This Happiness; Golden Dreams; I Wonít Move (Unless He Tells Me).

1974 Doris Akers And The Original Members Of The Sky Pilot Choir (Manna Records/MS-2020): All God's Children; Don't Stop Using Me; I've Found Something; He's Alright With Me; Sweeter As The Days Go By; Sky Pilot Favorites Medley: Highway To Heaven/I Was There When The Spirit Came/Freedom After Awhile; I Won't Move; These Times Must Come; Lord, Don't Move The Mountain; Sweet, Sweet Spirit.

1974 All God's Children: Doris Akers Sings The Best Of Bill And Gloria Gaither (Heartwarming Records/R3263): If It Keeps Gettin' Better; Let's Just Praise The Lord; Get All Excited; There's Something About That Name; He Touched Me; All God's Children; I Could Never Outlove The Lord; I Came To Praise The Lord; Because He Lives; Jesus I Believe What You Said.

1979 The Artistry Of Doris Akers (Manna Records/MS-2059): Are You Ready To Sing?; Holy Spirit, Thanks For The Rain; Thatís The Lord, Thatís His Way; Itís Just A Test; Itís Real, Itís Real; All You Need; Donít You Just Love The Lord?; God Will If You Will; There Is Nothing Too Good For The Lord; If I Had Ten Thousand Tongues.

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