WV’s First Lady of Soul
Doris A. Fields, also known as Lady D is a West Virginia native born in Kayford, WV. She is a graduate of East Bank High School and W.Va. State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. She is also a graduate of Phillip’s College in Gulfport, MS with an Associate Degree in Travel and Tourism. She is known as W.Va’s First Lady of Soul.
Lady D has been singing since the age of three years old. She is also an actress, songwriter, director and promoter. She has toured her one-woman show, “The Lady and the Empress” since 2003. It is a musical stage play based on the life and music of blues legend, Bessie Smith. Her acting experience also includes a five year stint with Theater W.Va’s productions of Honey In the Rock, Hatfields and McCoys and various other shows. On the local scene, Lady D was very active in productions with the Charleston Stage Company, Children’s Theater and Kanawha Players.
As a professional vocalist, highlights of Lady D’s career include being the opening act for the legendary soul group, the O’Jays at Charleston’s FestivALL in 2007. In 2008, Lady D’s original song, “Go Higher” was chosen as the best Obama Inaugural Song and earned her a trip with her band, MI$$ION to Washington, DC to perform at the Obama for Change Inaugural Ball in 2009. In 2010, Lady D was honored to perform at the live recording of the HistoryMakers: “An Evening With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” at the Cultural Center in Charleston. In August 2014, Lady D was inducted into the “All Black Schools Sports & Academic Hall of Fame” (ABSSA) with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2017 Lady D was again honored to win the DC Blues Society Blues Challenge as a member of “Lady D with the Rogue Johnsen Trio.” This afforded them the opportunity to compete in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in January 2018.
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