Willa Mae Dorsey gospel singer

The Associated Press /

Published Jan 14, 2009 at 04:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

PORTLAND — A funeral for gospel singer Willa Mae Dorsey is scheduled for today in northeast Portland.

The Grammy-nominated singer died Jan. 5 at a Portland care center following a series of strokes. She was 75.

The Oregonian newspaper reported that Dorsey began her professional career at 19, singing gospel songs written by her father’s cousin, Thomas A. Dorsey. He wrote, “Precious Lord,” one of her favorite songs.

Her first solo album, “The World’s Most Exciting Gospel Singer,” was nominated for a Grammy in 1969. A Billboard review at the time called her “one of the most original singers to ever emerge in the gospel scene.”