Conya Doss

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Conya Doss
Conya Doss performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, in February 2003
Background information
Birth name Conya Doss
Born (1972-06-13) June 13, 1972 (age 44)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Genres R&B, soul, funk, neo soul
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist
Instruments voice, organ
Years active 2001–present
Labels Conyadosssongs, Dome
Associated acts Dwele, Eric Roberson, Sy Smith, Rahsaan Patterson, Yahzarah

Conya Doss (born June 13, 1972) is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist and has been a major figure in independent music for over one decade. Conya is known as an innovator and is widely known for her eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, and light vocal range. She is widely known as The Queen of Indie Soul.[1] Her music combines R&B, soul, funk, quiet storm, neo soul, and jazz.

Conya was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and developed an interest in music at an early age. After recording songs with her group "Lyrik", she pursued a solo career. Her first album "A Poem About Ms. Doss" was released in 2002. Over a course of year, she would release two more albums: "Just Because" (2004) and "Love Rain Down" (2006).[2] Her breakthrough album "Still..." was released in 2008, which featured the lead single "What I'd Do".[3] In 2010, Doss released her fifth album "Blu Transition" and followed up with "A Pocketful of Purpose" in 2012. Conya released her seventh album "Seven: VII" in 2015.

Early life[edit]

Doss has been singing since she was five. She grew up listening to the likes of Bonnie Raitt, The Doobie Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Angela Winbush, Nina Simone, and Jane Child. She attended Cleveland School of the Arts along with Avant and 71 North and sang with childhood friend, Stacy Richardson-Crawford (former back-up singer for the late Gerald Levert and Anthony Hamilton in the duo Lyrik. As an adult, Conya wrote for the group 3LW (singers of the hit song, “No more. Baby, I’ma Do Right”), and worked with Gerald Levert and PAJAM before venturing into a career as a solo artist. She later received her teaching credential and has become a teacher of children with special needs in the Cleveland Public School system. She began using music in her classroom as a way to connect with her students and her debut album “A Poem About Ms. Doss” was inspired by a heartfelt letter from one of her students.[4]

Musical career[edit]

2001-2003: A Poem About Ms. Doss[edit]

In 2001, Conya Doss started her own recording label Conya Doss Songs and began recording her first album. In 2002, Doss released her first singles "Good Good" and "Coffee" which were followed by the release of her album, entitled A Poem About Ms. Doss. The album also spawned the singles "Starship" and "You Really Hurt Me". Doss later began performing at several Midwest venues. In February 2003, Doss performed at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For her debut album she received 3 Stars in USA Today where music critic Steve Jones said "No matter what twists and turns relationships may take, they never seem to make this honey-voiced newcomer from Cleveland lose heart. Doss stirs emotions on her inventive first single, “Coffee”, and takes a loving nod toward her soul/jazz roots with a cover of Norman Connors' Starship. Her poem is a smooth and sexy one worth more than just a cursory reading." [5]

2003-2005: Just Because[edit]

In 2003, Doss returned to the studio to begin recording for her second album. In 2004, Doss released the single "Missin' You". The single created a buzz for her upcoming album, Just Because which was released in November 2004.[6]

2005-2007: Love Rain Down[edit]

In 2005, Doss began recording sessions for her third album. After a two-year hiatus, she released her third album, Love Rain Down in October 2006.[7] Shortly after the album's release, Doss began touring and performing at worldwide venues. In 2007, Doss performed the album's lead single "Tell Me Why" on BET J.

2008-2009: Still[edit]

In May 2008, Doss released her lead single "What I'd Do". The song received airplay from local radio stations, charted on Billboard and also received airplay from BET J's Soul Sessions. The song earned Doss a nomination for "Best Underground Artist" at the BET J Virtual Awards alongside Eric Roberson, Vikter Duplaix and Rahsaan Patterson...[8] In April 2008, Doss released her fourth studio album, entitled Still.[9] The album also spawned a second single "It's Over", which listed her for iTunes' "Best R&B Indie Track". She later appeared on PBS and performed her singles "Tell Me Why", "Message", "It's Over".[10]

In 2009, Doss began promoting her third single "Can't Stop". She later performed the song in dedication of her late friend at local venues. In June 2009, Doss toured with Yahzarah, Sy Smith, Maya Azucena on the Soulsista Tour.

2010-2011: Blu Transition[edit]

In August 2010, Doss revealed the recording sessions for her fifth album entitled Blu Transition. In late August 2010, she released her buzz single "What We Gone Do" to Soultracks as the Free Choice Track Download. It became "Song of the Month" in September 2010 while the single received 4000 digital downloads in one month, setting a new record on Soultracks since Lalah Hathaway in 2008.[11] In September 2010, Doss released her fifth album "Blu Transition".

2012-2013: A Pocketful of Purpose[edit]

In January 2012, Doss released the first single "Don't Change" from her sixth album.[12] In March 2012, she released a song called "Paradise" to Soultracks.[13] On March 20, 2012, Doss released the music video of "Don't Change" to YouTube.[14] In April 2012, she released her sixth album "A Pocketful of Purpose".

2015–present: Seven[edit]

On August 26, 2014, Doss set the tone for the album's release with the well-received single "You Got Me", a reflective love song to a significant other. The Singer/Songwriter says "Seven is my Life Path number and reminds listeners that there are 7 fundamental notes on the scale which creates musical movements." Fueled by a desire to lay down tracks that parallel her evolving musical and personal trajectory, her seventh project is a collection of up-tempo and slow jams sure to please her anticipating fans. In January 2015, she released the next single "When We Love" followed by "Love’s Not" which tells a familiar story of one who has built a protective wall yet still believes that love has not forsaken them.


Doss' stage presence consists of her afro style hair. Doss can be classified as an alto and falsetto. Doss demonstrates her alto range in songs like "Something 2Nite", "It's Over", and "Starship", whereas in songs like "Message", "Good Good", "I Miss You" is where she demonstrates her falsetto range. She cites Stevie Wonder, Donnie Hathaway, Chaka Khan, Prince, Steely Dan, Natalie Cole, Sade, Jodeci, Rude Boys, Lauryn Hill, and D'Angelo as her musical inspirations.[15]

Personal life[edit]

In 2010, Doss gave birth to her son named Landon Blu. She named her fifth album after him.[16]


Conya also mentors teen girls, tutors, and is an active philanthropist for breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, and mental health awareness. On March 8, at the House of Blues, in Chicago, she performed to benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.[17] She has been an ambassador for BET's Rap-It-UP campaign [18] and in 2013, joined Brandy Norwood and Civil Rights leader, Julian Bond for the "Keep The Promise" March & Rally in Ohio, U.S.[19]


  • 2002: A Poem About Ms. Doss
  • 2004: Just Because
  • 2006: Love Rain Down
  • 2008: Still...
  • 2010: Blu Transition
  • 2012: A Pocketful of Purpose
  • 2015: Seven: VII
  • 2002: Coffee
  • 2002: Good Good
  • 2003: Starship
  • 2004: Missin' You
  • 2004: Damn That
  • 2004: Sweet Love (I Don't Know)
  • 2005: Ain't Giving Up
  • 2005: Here We Go Again
  • 2006: Tell Me Why
  • 2006: Let You Know
  • 2008: What I'd Do
  • 2008: It's Over
  • 2009: Can't Stop
  • 2010: What We Gone Do
  • 2010: All In You
  • 2011: Wi-Fi
  • 2012: Don't Change
  • 2012: Where Do Go From Here? (featuring Frank McComb)
  • 2014: Here For You
  • 2014: You Got Me
  • 2015: Love's Not
  • 2015: When We Love
  • 2015: Reach Out


  • 2003: Conya Doss Tour
  • 2007: Love Rain Down Tour
  • 2008: Still... Tour
  • 2009: Soulsista Tour (with Sy Smith, Yahzarah, and Maya Azucena)
  • 2011: Blu Transition Tour

Awards and nominations[edit]

These are the awards won by American R&B singer Conya Doss.

Year Category Nominated Work Result
Ohio Hip Hop Awards[20]
2007 Best Female Vocalist Won
Soultracks Readers' Choice Award[21][22]
2007 Best Female Vocalist Nominated
2008 Female Vocalist of the Year "Still" Won
Centric/BET J Virtual Awards[23]
2008 Female Vocalist of the Year "What I'd Do" Nominated
iTunes Awards
2008 Best R&B Underground/Indie Artist "Still" Nominated
2008 Best R&B Indie Track "It's Over" Nominated


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  8. ^ "Best Underground Artist – BETJ Virtual Awards 2008". BET J. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
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  13. ^ Choice Track Free Download: New music from Conya Doss!. Retrieved on March 16, 2012
  14. ^ "Don't Change," Debut Video from Soul Songstress Conya Doss. Retrieved on March 20, 2012
  15. ^ Conya Doss Myspace. Myspace. Retrieved on September 16, 2010
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  21. ^ 2007 SoulTracks Readers' Choice Award Winners!. Soultracks. Retrieved on September 16, 2010
  22. ^ 2008 SoulTracks Readers' Choice Awards Winners!. Soultracks. Retrieved on September 16, 2010
  23. ^ "Best Underground Artist – BETJ Virtual Awards 2008". BET J. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 

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