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Crowned the “First Lady of Gospel Music,” Shirley Caesar began her recording career at the tender age of 12. With a career spanning over 60 years, Caesar is the recipient of several awards including, 11 Grammys and 14 Stellar Awards.

In late 2016, Caesar captivated millennial audiences as the creator of the #unameit challenge.

The 79 year old North Carolina native has released over 40 albums since beginning her career in 1951. Pastor Caesar has sold 2.2 million albums in her career, been a part of 16 compliations, 3 gospel musicals, “Mama, I Want To Sing”, “Mama, I Want To Sing 2” and “Mama, I Want To Sing 3.” She has performed with many other greats like herself such as, Patti LaBelle, Whitney Houston, Kirk Franklin and Charlotte native John P. Kee.

Shirley Caesar has also conquered the acting world with her roles in Why Do Fools Fall In Love and Fighting Temptation with singer Beyonce’ and actor Cuba Gooding Jr.

She also a HBCU graduate with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Shaw University and later added honorary doctorates from the former and Southeastern University.

Along with the countless awards, Pastor Caesar has, she was also inducted into the Gospel Music Hall Of Fame in 2000 and inducted into the North Carolina Hall Of Fame in 2010. In 2017, Caesar was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy in 2017.

“He’s Working It Out”

“I Feel Like Praising Him”

“Hold My Mule”

“No Charge”

“Faded Rose”

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