Dorothy Norwood (born May 29, 1935) is an American gospel singer and songwriter. She began touring with her family at the age of eight, and in 1956, began singing with Mahalia Jackson. In the early 1960s she was a member of The Caravans, and in 1964, she embarked on a solo career, recording her first album, Johnny and Jesus. Her 1991 album Live with the Northern California GMWA Mass Choir reached the Number 1 position on Billboard’s Top Forty.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, she 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 1960s, Norwood became a member of the gospel group The Caravans, which would include such gospel music legends as the Queen of Gospel Albertina Walker who is also Dorothy’s role model and confidant. Other members of the Caravans include Shirley Caesar, Inez Andrews,Delores Washington and the late Rev. James Cleveland.