A Minnesota native, Dorothy Doring was already singing on stage at age four and appearing on local radio at age 9. Formal voice training began when she was 12 and by 13 she was singing rock ‘n roll with a local band. After high school, Doring obtained a bachelor’s degree in vocal music at Moorhead State University, performing in opera recitals as well as area venues as a folk/pop singer. Moving to the Twin Cities after completing her B.A. degree, Doring began her career as a full-time musician, taking time along the way to earn an M.A. in Education.
Dorothy Doring is continously active in the jazz scene, her accomplishments are reflected in her achievements. Cambridge Who’s Who named Dorothy “Professional of the Year Representing Entertainment” (2007-2008); she was the winner of the National Anthem Project representing the State of Louisiana (2006) and the Minnesota Music Academy Award nominee for “Jazz Recording of the Year” for About Time (2002). Dorothy is also an active member of the Minnesota chapter of “Jazz Vocalists.” Doring balances performance and teaching, as a music educator for the St. Paul Public Schools and on stage at music venues throughout the Twin Cities.
A vocalist with a unique sense for musical style, a charismatic stage presence and a voice that exudes passion and experience, Dorothy's new release, Southern Exposure (Quarter Note Records), was recorded in New Orleans with producer/pianist David Torkanowsky. Dorothy is a vocalist not limited by a genre of music or proficiency of only one style. Southern Exposure celebrates the diversity of this well traveled and seasoned veteran of performance. Doring is not only a dynamic multi-faceted vocalist but Doring is also a consummate performer on stage bringing her years of experience to the forefront with relaxed, confidence that translates to a seamless presentation live no matter the style or genre of music Doring is presenting. It was the purposeful goal of Doring to create different textures vocally from track to track to show her versatility as a vocalist and her ability to translate the storyline within each song based on vocal textures, styles and delivery. The result is a wonderfully diverse and intriguing CD that keeps the listeners attention, while creating a truly unique listening experience.
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“Backed by a krewe of some of New Orleans's finest . . . Doring turns in a sublime disc that could be considered a tribute to the Crescent City's sometimes overlooked contemporary jazz scene.” ~City Pages
“. . . Dorothy Doring celebrates the impressive Southern Exposure. . . . …The disc benefits from an all-star cast of New Orleans modern-jazz vets . . . .”
~Minneapolis Star Tribune
“[Torkanowsky's] arrangements leave a space for Doring's clean, sensitive voice as she approaches jazz and pop standards.” ~offbeat.com (New Orleans)