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Shirley Caesar (born October 13, 1938 in Durham, North Carolina) is an American Gospel music singer. She is a multi-award winner with eleven Grammy awards and seven Dove awards to her credit. She is a graduate of Shaw University with a degree in Business Administration. She also received an honorary doctorate from Shaw University and another one from Southeastern University.

Pastor Shirley has recorded over forty albums since the 60s exploring her gift and spreading messages of faith. She has participated in over 16 compilations and three gospel musicals, Mama I Want to Sing, Sing: Mama 2, and Born to Sing: Mama 3. Her credits also include a series of commercials for MCI Communications and several awards for her recordings. She has been awarded 11 Grammy Awards, 13 Stellar Awards, 18 Doves, 3 RIAA gold certifications, an Essence Award, McDonald’s Golden Circle Lifetime Achievement Award, NAACP Achievement Award, SESAC Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Pastor Shirley has made several notable appearances including the televised Live from Disney World Night of Joy, the Gospel According to VH-1, a White House performance for George Bush, and a speech on the Evolution of Gospel Music to the US Treasury Department.
She has blessed so many around the world and will remain an example.


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  • stylistme

    I remember Mrs. Caeser coming to Grambling state years ago and that sermon moved me so! Youcouldn't help but know the HOLY SPIRIT was in that place and we need you once again for future generations. To hear the word in such truth and a profound way. Thank you for all the messages; whether it be song or sermon. You touch ; even your presence is a gift of annointance.

    15 Mar 2014 Reply
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    14 Sep 2011 Reply
  • theeturner Just played a song by Shirley Caesar. How great, they said they didn't know of her. I am very glad they came to there senes. I love Pastor Shirley.

    13 Feb 2011 Reply
  • ohioriverboy

    i luvs miss dottie

    6 Nov 2009 Reply
  • dorothyruth

    I want to hear If I can Hear My Mother Pray again

    8 May 2009 Reply
  • MrsShanetaWard

    I love her!!! Her songs are so powerful, she is powerful. I would love to hear her word.

    14 Jan 2009 Reply
  • prayn4deliveran

    ha! shirley just turned 70 years old on the 3rd i would hate 4 sum 1 2 ask me to pik only only 1 song by her for my favorite!

    5 Oct 2008 Reply
  • everlena

    I don't exactly know what to say about this woman other than she was indeed hevan sent!

    29 Jul 2008 Reply
  • MrStyle

    The First Lady of Gospel!

    21 Feb 2008 Reply

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