The Georgia & Nolan Payton Archive of Sacred Musicconsists of music, books, periodicals, documents, audio & visual materials, and oral histories. The primary goal of the Archive is to facilitate research and documentation of collections of African Diaspora sacred music (church music and religious concert music) created and/or performed by the multicultural population of Southern California.
Dr. Douroux, daughter of the late Rev. Earl A. Pleasant and Mrs. Olga Pleasant, was educated in the Los Angeles public school system. She then attended Southern University and obtained a B.A. degree at California State University Los Angeles. She earned a M.S. degree, obtained teaching credentials, and an advanced Master’s Degree at the University of Southern California. Her Ph.D. was earned at the University of Beverly Hills. During her 13-year career with Los Angeles City Schools, Dr. Douroux served as an elementary school teacher, guidance counselor, and school psychologist.
Her professional education career was one of two major aspects of Dr. Douroux’s life. The other began at an early age when she performed as an accompanist with the children’s choir at a Baptist church where her father served as pastor. She went on to become the accompanist for the Sunday School Baptist Training Union and the Young People’s Choir. For 12 years she was director and accompanist for the Young Adult Choir and Orchestra at Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Los Angeles. During these years, Dr. Douroux was influenced by her love for Gospel music.
She composed hundreds of Gospel music renditions. Many have become world known and are performed by leading vocalists, instrumentalists, and recording stars. Many of these songs are frequently aired over Gospel radio and television stations throughout the United States.
Among the artists who have sung and recorded Dr. Douroux’s gospel compositions are Rev. James Cleveland and the Gospel Music Workshop of America, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Pastor Shirley Caeser, Nikki Giovanni, the Donald Vails Choraleers, Keith Pringle and the Pentecostal Community Choir, Marietta Wolfe, Brenda Spraggins, Rev. Maceo Woods and the Christian Tabernacle Choir, the Voices of Watts, the Gospel Soul Children, Helen Baylor, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, WYCB Community Choir, the Voices of Christ, the Chapel Singers and Tammy Bakker, Sounds of Blackness, Tyler Perry’s Family Reunion Soundtrack and Kelly Price.
Music Awards presented to Dr. Douroux include the “Best Song Award” (Rev. James Cleveland and the Gospel Music Workshop of America), the “Music Accomplishment Award” (ACC News) and the “Gospel Academy Award” (Daviticus). Dr. Douroux has also received a host of proclamations and official tributes including those from the House of Representatives, State of Texas; the Mayor of Los Angeles, CA; the Mayor of Oklahoma City, OK; the Mayor of Birmingham, AL; the Mayor of Detroit, MI and the Mayor of New Orleans, LA.
Dr. Douroux has served as musical director for the theatrical production “Black Exodus.” She has performed in a number of appearances on independent and religious television stations in Southern California. Dr. Douroux has been minister of music for the church choirs at Greater New Bethel Baptist Church, Inglewood, CA and Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Los Angeles, CA. She was also minister of music for the Mass Youth Choir at the Rev. Billy Graham’s 25th Anniversary Service at the Hollywood Bowl.
Music workshops conducted by Dr. Douroux across the country include those for the California State Congress, the California District Congress, and the California Institute for Women, the Gospel Music Workshop of America, and the National Association of Negro Musicians. She has also led music workshops at churches across the country and in Germany.
The number of churches where she’s conducted workshops is too many to list, but it includes landmark churches such as, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Houston, TX and Fellowship Baptist Church in Chicago, IL.
Dr. Douroux is the author of About My Father’s Business, a biography of the late Rev. Earl A. Pleasant and Principles That Motivate and Enhance Education Among Black Children and numerous lecture materials on the music ministry with accompaniment tapes. She is also the President of the Rev. Earl A. Pleasant Publishing Company in Thousand Oaks, California.