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Shirley Caesar

A popular gospel singer who often shouts her music in order for her messages to be received, Shirley Caesar performed with the Caravans in the '60s before pursuing a professional solo career in 1966. Born in North Carolina, Caesar is known as the First Lady of Gospel. At the age of 10, she began singing and performing for family and friends. She graduated from Shaw University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1984. She also received honorary doctorates from Shaw University and Southeastern University. Her professional career began in the '60s when she was with the Caravans. In 1966, she began making a name for herself on the gospel music circuit.

Caesar performs with an energetic and boisterous style. She believes that with all the suffering and hardships in the world, people will listen to her recordings and be encouraged. Her live album, He Will Come, is a testimony to her philosophy of life. The album was recorded with the choir, band and congregation of her church. In the title song "He Will Come," Caesar transcends the message of hope, that although society is getting worse, the Lord will save us. Among her other gospel hits with inspiring messages are "God Is Good," "Revive Us Again," and "Time to Be Blessed." Caesar's hope is that her messages will be listened to and people will be encouraged to lead good lives. Her 1987 hit, "Hold My Mule," was written to encourage people to "fight the good fight." All her songs combine music with ministry to convey her messages.

Caesar has received numerous awards for her gospel albums. She has received Grammy Awards for Stand Still, Shirley Caesar Live...He Will Come, Sailin', Rejoice, Celebration, and He's Working It Out for You. Between 1981 and 1995, she received seven Dove Awards for Black Gospel Album of the Year for Live at the G.M.W.A., Live...In Chicago, Celebration, Christmasing, Sailin', Go, and Rejoice. Two Black Gospel Song of the Year Awards for "He's Working It Out for You" and "Hold My Mule."

Besides being the minister of her church in North Carolina and performing concerts nationwide, Caesar has performed on Broadway. Her Broadway performances include roles in Born to Sing: Mama 3, Mama I Want to Sing, and Sing: Mama 2. She made a guest appearance at the 25th anniversary of Walt Disney World with fellow artists Peabo Bryson, CeCe Winans, Regis Philbin, and Kathie Lee Gifford. Her activities include performing for President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton at a campaign function. Despite her busy schedule, Caesar constantly finds time to get her messages of encouragement and peace to people. ~ Kim Summers
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Good God

1. Good God

2. You Stayed

3. Holy Boldness

4. When You Pray God Answers

5. Not Through Not Yet

6. In God's Perfect Hands

7. God Will Make A Way

8. Nice To Be Nice

9. Do It Today

10. Use Me To Deliver Your Word

11. More And More Like Jesus

12. Fighting The Good Fight

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Track List: A City Called Heaven

1. Celebration

2. Favor

3. Great Feeling

4. Nobody

5. Cornerstone

6. Been So Good

7. Playground In Heaven

8. Get Light For The Flight

9. Can't Even Walk

10. A City Called Heaven

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Track List: Definitive Gospel Collection

1. You Are All I Need

2. Rejoice

3. Yes Lord, Yes

4. Just As I Am

5. No Charge

6. Star Of The Morning

7. Jesus, I Love Calling Your Name

8. O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing

9. Satan, You're A Liar

10. Go

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Track List: After 40 Years: Still Sweeping Through The City

1. Sweeping Through The City

2. Jesus, I Love Calling Your Name

3. Hold My Mule

4. Peace In The Midst Of The Storm

6. Never

7. Choose Ye This Day

9. Faded Rose

10. He'll Do It Again

11. He's Got It All In Control

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Track List: Stand The Storm

1. The World Didn't Give It To Me

2. Faded Rose

3. No Charge

5. I Believe

7. Stranger On The Road

8. Be Careful Of The Stones You Throw

9. Satan, We're Gonna Tear Your Kingdom Down

10. My Testimony

11. Lord Revive Me

13. Stand The Storm

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Track List: Shirley Caesar & Friends

1. Starting All Over Again (feat. Oleta Adams)

2. I'm Ready (feat. Kirk Franklin)

3. Just A Closer Walk With Thee (feat. Desmond Pringle)

4. You Are My Friend (feat. Patti Labelle)

5. I'm Gonna Wait (feat. The Caesar Singers & The Greater Grace Temple Community Church Choir)

6. Hurting Woman (feat. Faith Evans)

7. I'm Blessed (feat. Dottie Peoples)

8. We Praise You Lord (feat. Kim Burrell)

9. I Know It Was The Blood (feat. Gladys Knight & Patti Labelle)

10. Home

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Track List: A Miracle In Harlem

1. You'rs Next In Live For A Miracle

2. God Keeps His Promises

3. How I Love Jesus

4. Faded Rose - This Joy Sweeping Through The City

5. So Satisfied

6. Don't Drive Your Moma Away

7. I'm A Witness

8. Who'll Be A Witness

9. Strong Man

10. I Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey

11. Let Go, Let God

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Track List: Treasures

1. The World Didn't Give It To Me

2. Jordan River

3. No Charge

4. Teach Me Master

5. Millennial Reign

6. Don't Be Afraid

8. Be Careful Of The Stones You Throw

9. Get Up My Brother

10. Three Old Men

11. Soul Salvation

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Track List: Fill This House

1. It's Alright, It's Ok (Feat. Anthony Hamilton)

2. He Won't Fail You

3. Survive This (Feat. Hezekiah Walker)

4. Fill This House

5. Need Him Now

6. Mother Emanuel

7. Prayer Changes Things

8. Be Happy (I Command U To Live)

9. Sow Righteous Seeds (Hymn)

10. Sow Righteous Seeds

11. Prayer Works

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Track List: God Will Make A Way (Single)

1. God Will Make A Way

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Track List: It's Alright, It's Ok (Single)

1. It's Alright, It's Ok (Feat. Anthony Hamilton)

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Track List: Nobody (Radio Single)

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Track List: The Ultimate Collection

1. Rejoice

2. He's Working It Out For You

5. You Can Make It

6. Amazing Grace

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My �� loved Ms. Shirley Caesar and, my auntie Mamie
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YOU NAME IT
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OPEN YOUR MOUTH TO SPEAK WHAT THE WORD SAYS!
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I shall Open my mouth, to judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. I am a virtuous woman. My soul is far above rubies. The heart of my husband safely trust in me, he shall have no need to not trust me. I stretch out my hand to the poor; I reach forth my hands to the needy. I am not afraid of the snow for my household: all my household are clothed because i PRAY an AM wealth. I command blessings in everything I say, and sell it; and I deliver blessings to the needy.
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Strength and honour are my blessing; and I rejoice in time to come. I open my mouth with wisdom; and in my tongue is the law of kindness. I look AND PRAY FOR the ways of my household, and eat not the bread of idleness. My children rise up, and call me blessed; my husband also, and he praises me. I am Favoured by God and men; and I am beautiful: i AM a woman that fear the Lord, I shall be praised. I am given the fruit of my hands; and my own works praise me in the city. Praise God! In Jesus name.
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ITS SUCH A BLESSING TO SEE PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD DANCING FOR JESUS..THANK YOU SHIRLEY CEASAR..
PRAISE GOD. LOVE YA �� MUSIC
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The best artist in the world
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My grandmother love to listen to Shirley caesar god bless her soul
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My mom like Shirley Caesar and l mess her
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Praying for you @Felicia! My mother recently passed and Shirley was also one of her favorites.
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I love Shirley Caesar, I grew listening to her my she's was my Mom favorite gospel singer. God rest her soul
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I like all her songs
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I love Shirley Caesar
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I call JESUS name everyday. Love to call your name JESUS.
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I Love Calling his name "JESUS" !! Thanks Mrs. Ceasar for that song..God Bless
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Shirley is the Best and oh how I love to hear her sing "Jesus I'm Calling Your Name"!
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Mrs. Caesar, "Jesus." You said it all.
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Love u Shirley.
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MOMMA AMEN.
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Teach me JESUS
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I remember hearing mostly Pastor Shirley Caesar on the radio back in the day on Sunday mornings.... . H o l d My Mule by Shirley Caesar reminds me of down South my grandmother in Louisiana... . t h a t dirt road out in the country to the little white church sitting off the road, with all the windows open and no fans, lol.......bu t those oldsaints would sing from the depth of their souls!! Glad as a child I got to experience that with my grandparents ! !
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Beautiful song I really admire this lady,,This song is very uplifting...
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PASTOR SHIRLEY CAESAR IS MY MOST INSPIRING AND FAVORITE INSPIRATION IN MY LIFE! I LOVE YOU FROM MY HEART AND NOT FROM MY LIPS! IN JESUS NAME AMEN! CONTINUE TO BE BLESSED! KEEP ON TRUSTING IN JESUS NAME AMEN! KEEP ON SINGING IN JESUS NAME AMEN! KEEP ON LIFTING AND PRAISING HIS HOLY NAME THROUGH SONGS IN THE NAME OF JESUS! LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER NUMBER 1 FAN MARY ANN!
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I am always uplifted listening to Rev. Shirley Caesar, I pray you are uplifted too! Amen.
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Amen this woman brings me to tears...
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God is so so so amazingly wonderful and I feel like praising him on a daily God is good all the time and all the time God is good!!!!!
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Proof that women can be called to lead!
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A feeling I can't let leave me alone... ������������
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Pastor Shirley Caesar will second-a-mot i o n . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T H E R E IS IMMEDIATE CALLING(if adhered to). Female qualified to internship.L e a d e r s Roles in THE MINISTRY of JESUS CHRISTof NAZERATH.... . . . . . . .
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For my mother. I love you
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As those that sleep-to-slu m b e r this night .Let us be aware of the WATCHCOMMAND E R keeping ourrest without flight or fight......B L E S S THEIR SAFETY!
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Love this song
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It is totally up to the human spirit.Accep t i n g what.ALMIGHT Y GOOD LORD GOD provides or,........t a k e it .Upon -self....to be miserable.Go i n g here&there.W i t h o u t a purpose.CREA T E D BY YOUR MAKER!!!!... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ,
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Thank GOD for blessing me with this life i love u lord in jesus name
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I love you too God
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Good song,love you ,keep it up
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God is good I love the lord
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Good ,awesome.
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Do not retailiate.V E N G E N G E FOR WRONG-DOINGS IS IN AN ALMIGHTY'S HANDS.....no t anyone else's
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As a former EMS (emerg.medic a l service)empl o y e e .
Prior to.My present age.GOD grant me to be 63yrs. I have been falsely accused,&arr e s t e d . e x o n e r a t e d .
Obtained presently.Vo t i n g rights citizenship. P r e s e n t l y a Leader. Re:non-viole n t association Natl.recogni z e d . H o l d i n g current commission.A s a Notary-Publi c @ L a r g e : B o n d e d through insurance of the State of Al . feeling heavy-hearte d of the tragedies.Ef f e c t i n g all innocent mankind(Espe c i a l l y the african-amer i c a n ) t h a t which is my ancestry.Ple a s e my people.
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I simply adore her music. What a blessing to those who listen with their whole heart.
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They may call this Saint(a leader of gosple-great s ) a 1st lady of gosple...... . . . . . a d d to......GOD MOTHER OF MANY!!!!
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He Is working it out for me yes yes yes!!!!!!!
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She finally got a star of fame which she deserved a long time ago"congratu l a t i o n s "
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Good morning Pandora family
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She is more than a FIRST LADY of GOSPEL...... s h e is GODMOTHER of the message conveyed.... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Hi Mrs Caesar I am so glad that you are singing the work of God and I just wanted to let you know that when I first got an chance to see you. Sing for our sweet God name it was an long time ago and I remember you said to me at this place in Pritchard,Al a you came up to me and at that time I was pregnant and I went up to the alters and you lay your hands on my stomach and you say that I was having an girl so I just wanted you to know that I have an beautiful baby girl just like you said now I am
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beautiful singing
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Joyce ialway listen to your message you tell me keep me in your prayer
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