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Shirley Caesar

Gospel Singer

Durham, North Carolina

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.

14th Annual BMI Trailblazers Of Gospel Music Awards

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

“He’s Working It Out”

“I Feel Like Praising Him”

“Hold My Mule”

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“No Charge”

“Faded Rose”


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