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Shirley Caesar

Biography

A giant in the world of religious music, Shirley Caesar continues to be called “the very first Woman of Gospel Music” because of a career which has spanned seven years and brought her 11 Grammy Awards, in addition to 15 Dove Awards. Shirley Caesar was created in Durham, NEW YORK on Oct 13, 1938. Shirley was among 12 children created to her dad, Wayne Caesar (aka Big Jim Caesar); Big Jim produced his living employed in cigarette but preached the gospel in his free time, and in addition sang having a gospel group. Adolescent Shirley had started joining in using the group sometimes when Big Jim passed away, with her mom handicapped, she started performing at regional churches to greatly help bring in cash for family members. Caesar shortly advanced to executing with a vacationing evangelist, Leroy Johnson, and in 1951 she trim her initial record, an individual for Federal Information, “I’d FAVOUR Jesus” b/w “I UNDERSTAND Jesus HELPS YOU TO SAVE.” In 1956, Caesar enrolled at NEW YORK State University, where she majored running a business education with desires to become an evangelist. Caesar was still performing, nevertheless, and in 1958, once the famous feminine gospel group the Caravans made an appearance in Durham, she asked to sing a single instead of a member from the act who was simply unable to show up. Caravans head Albertina Walker was happy with Caesar’s function, with her family’s blessing, Shirley still left college to become listed on the Caravans full-time. In 1961 Caesar released a single one, “Hallelujah, It’s Done,” which included a sermon combined with the music, and she started touring being a performing evangelist during downtime in the Caravans. Shirley’s focus on her very own helped her create a powerful performing style, so when innovative distinctions led her to keep the Caravans in 1966, she was prepared to start a solo profession. She soon produced her very own gospel group, the Shirley Caesar Performers, and by 1969 that they had arrived a record cope with HOB Information. In 1971, Caesar gained her initial Grammy Prize for Best Spirit Gospel Performance on her behalf edition of “Put Your Submit the Hands of the person from Galilee,” and in 1975 her cover of Melba Montgomery’s “TOTALLY FREE” became a crossover strike that appeared within the R&B and pop graphs. From the past due ’70s onward, Caesar was a dominant number within the gospel graphs, and in 1981 she won her 1st Gospel Music Association Dove Honor for her recording Rejoice (she’d receive 14 even more Dove honors by 2002, in addition to 13 Stellar Honours, another main honor in gospel music). While Caesar’s profession was plenty of to keep a lot of people occupied, in 1969 she released the Shirley Caesar Outreach Ministries to greatly help serve the requirements of individuals of Durham, and the business became a authorized non-profit in 1981, funded partly by Caesar’s efficiency charges. Also in 1981, Caesar enrolled at Shaw College or university to accomplish her business level, and in 1987 she was elected towards the Durham Town Council. Caesar became a pastor in the Support Calvary Term of Faith Chapel in Durham, where her spouse, Bishop Harold Ivory Williams, also offered until his moving in 2008. Furthermore to her documenting career, Caesar made an appearance on-stage within the gospel musical Mama, I wish to Sing and its own two sequels, along with the films The Fighting with each other Temptations and just why Perform Fools Fall in Like and it present The Parkers. In 2016, Caesar got an urgent boost in presence whenever a clip from her functionality from the melody “Keep My Mule,” where she reels off any occasion menu which includes “greens, coffee beans, potatoes, tomato vegetables,” was found in an internet video that proceeded to go viral. Because of the video, “Keep My Mule” rocketed to the very best of Billboard’s Sizzling hot Gospel Songs graph, offering Caesar her initial number one within the survey. As though to verify that Caesar was no novelty action, close to the end of 2016 Shirley received two Grammy nominations, for the record Fill This Home and on her behalf functionality with Anthony Hamilton over the melody “It’s Alright, It’s Fine.” Furthermore to both of these nominations, the Documenting Academy also honored her with an eternity Achievement Award on her behalf contribution towards the art of documented music.

Quick Facts


Full Name Shirley Caesar
Profession Actor, Pastor, Singer, Songwriter, Music artist
Education North Carolina Central University, Shaw University
Nationality American
Spouse Harold Ivory Williams
Parents Hannah Caesar, James Caesar
Siblings LeRoy Caesar, Julius Caesar, Cleo Caesar, Solomon Caesar, Joyce Caesar, Lina Caesar Brown, Virginia Caesar Reed, Anne Ceasar Price
Awards Grammy Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album, Grammy Award for Best Gospel Choir or Chorus Album, Soul Train Music Award for Best Gospel Album, Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Gospel Artist, Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus, Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Contemporary
Music Groups James Cleveland
Music Songs Hold My Mule, Jesus, I Love Calling Your Name, I Remember Mama, He'll Do It Again, No Charge, You're Next in Line for a Miracle, You Can Make It, Yes Lord, Yes, Faded Rose, Sweeping Through The City, Peace in the Midst of the Storm, Satan, We're Gonna Tear Your Kingdom Down, God Will Make A Way, Good God, Strong Man, He's Working It Out for You, Playground In Heaven, I Feel Like Praising Him, It's Alright, It's Ok, God Specializes, This Joy, Can't Even Walk, Satan, You're a Liar, When You Pray God Answers, Stand Still, Teach Me Master, He's Got It All In Control, A City Called Heaven, I Know the Truth, Reign Jesus Reign, Don't Drive Your Moma Away, Old Apple Tree
Albums He's Working It Out for You, A Miracle In Harlem, Shirley Caesar Live - He Will Come, Christmasing, Live in Chicago, Sailin', A City Called Heaven, Fill This House, Christmas With Shirley Caesar, Her Very Best, Good God, Put Your Hand in the Hand of the Man From Galilee, Shirley Caesar and Friends, I Remember Mama, Platinum Gospel-Shirley Caesar, Jesus I Love Calling Your Name, You Can Make It, Celebration, Live, The Ultimate Collection, Just a Word, First Lady, The First Lady Of Gospel, The Definitive Gospel Collection: Shirley Caesar, Rejoice, Old Apple Tree, Hymns, Treasures, Stand Still, Golden Gospel Classics, After 40 Years… Still Sweeping Through The City, Giving and Sharing - A Christmas Collection, The King & Queen Of Gospel, Greatest Gospel Songs, Gospel Roots, The Best of Shirley Caesar with the Caravans, Harvest Collection: Shirley Caesar, Hallelujah: A Collection of Her Finest Recordings, King and Queen of Gospel, Volume II, Timeless Gospel Classics Vol. 2, The King and Queen of Gospel, Volume 1
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album, Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance/Song, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Gospel Album, BET Award for Best Gospel/Inspirational Artist, Soul Train Music Award for Best Gospel/Inspirational Song, Soul Train Music Award for Best Gospel Album – Solo, GMA Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year
Movies Celebration of Gospel: Spirit in Song, Shirley Caesar: After 40 Years: Still Sweeping Through the City, The Unseen, Celebration of Gospel: Taking You Higher, Gospel, Oh Happy Day, Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan, Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem, House of Gospel: Gospel Comes Alive: Live in Atlanta, WOW Gospel 2009, Millennium Chorus: The Greatest Story Ever Sung


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#Fact
1 She was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2000 and the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
2 She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6126 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood California on June 28, 2016.
3 She has committed a sizable portion of all her concert sales to her outreach ministries.
4 She continues to deliver weekly sermons and also leads an annual outreach ministries conference.
5 She cites her mother as a strong influence in her decision to give herself very selflessly.
6 Received her honorary doctorates from Shaw University and Southeastern University.
7 Received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Shaw University (1984).
8 Is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sunday Best 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan 2006 Video performer: "Gotta Serve Somebody"
The Fighting Temptations 2003 "I'm Getting Ready", "The Stone" / performer: "The Stone", "The Church Is In Mourning" / writer: "The Church Is In Mourning"
The Prince of Egypt 1998 performer: "Humanity"
Why Do Fools Fall in Love 1998 performer: "Take My Hand Precious Lord"
Rosewood 1997 performer: "The Town Burns"
The Preacher's Wife 1996 performer: "He's All Over Me"

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
83 Days announced Grandma Stinney
The Unseen 2005 Mama Jack
The Parkers 2003 TV Series Grace
The Good News 1998 TV Series Aunt Shirley
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992 TV Series
Oh Happy Day 1987 Video

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Artists Music Guild Presents: The AMG Heritage Awards 2013 TV Special

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House 2015 TV Movie Herself
The Artists Music Guild Presents: The 2014 AMG Heritage Awards 2014 TV Special Performer-Herself
Good Day L.A. 2013 TV Series Herself
Celebration of Gospel 2012 TV Movie Herself
How Sweet the Sound Finale 2011 TV Movie Herself
Black Girls Rock! 2011 2011 TV Movie Herself
Sunday Best 2011 TV Series Herself
BET Awards 2011 2011 TV Special Herself
The Mo'Nique Show 2010 TV Series Herself
Tavis Smiley 2009 TV Series Herself
24th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards 2009 TV Special Herself
Life on the Road with Mr. and Mrs. Brown 2009 Documentary Herself
Legends Ball 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan 2006 Video Herself
21st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards 2006 TV Special Herself
25 Strong: The BET Silver Anniversary Special 2005 TV Special Herself / Performer (as Pastor Shirley Caesar)
Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem 2004 TV Movie documentary Herself
19th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards 2004 TV Special Herself
An Evening of Stars: 25th Anniversary Tribute to Lou Rawls 2004 TV Movie Herself
The Fighting Temptations 2003 Herself (as Reverend Shirley Caesar)
Celebration of Gospel 2003 TV Movie Herself (as Pastor Shirley Caesar)
The 44th Annual Grammy Awards 2002 TV Special Herself
17th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards 2002 TV Special Herself
2001 Lady of Soul Awards 2001 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Living in the Spirit Revue 2001 Video documentary Herself - Musical Talent
Soul Food 2001 TV Series Herself
The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards 2001 TV Special Herself
An Evening of Stars: A Celebration of Educational Excellence 2001 TV Special documentary Herself
Why Do Fools Fall in Love 1998 Herself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1997 TV Special Herself
Classic Whitney 1997 TV Movie Herself
The 38th Annual Grammy Awards 1996 TV Special Herself
The 35th Annual Grammy Awards 1993 TV Special Herself
Praise the Lord 1993 TV Series Herself
The 5th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards 1990 TV Special Herself
The Gospel According to VH1 1990 TV Movie Herself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars 1986-1989 TV Series Herself
The 3rd Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1989 TV Special Herself - Performer
The 1st Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1987 TV Special Herself
The 5th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1984 TV Special Herself
Gospel 1983 Documentary Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording On June 28, 2016. At 6126 Hollywood Blvd.


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#Quote
1 I cannot sweeten the Atlantic Ocean, but I can take a pitcher out of the ocean and sweeten that.

#Trademark
1 Mezzo-soprano vocals

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