"I'm in the fourth quarter of my life, and I’m doing everything I can to be the best humanitarian and best person that I can be."

  • Born Shirley Ann Caesar-Williams on Oct. 13, 1938, in Durham, North Carolina
     
  • Shirley Caesar is often referred to as the First Lady of Gospel. She recorded in the 1960s with the esteemed gospel group the Caravans, and launched a solo career in 1966 with the album My Testimony. Caesar has created an iconic body of work through the decades that includes such powerfully affecting recordings as "Faded Rose," "I Remember Mama" and "Rejoice."
     
  • She won her first GRAMMY for 1971 for Best Soul Gospel Performance for her cover of "Put Your Hand In The Hand Of The Man From Galilee."
     
  • At the 38th GRAMMY Awards, she made her debut on the GRAMMY stage as part of a gospel tribute, singing a medley with Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans.
     
  • Caesar became a viral sensation in 2016 when a remixed clip of her performing "Hold My Mule" was released before Thanksgiving and inspired the U Name it challenge.
     
  • In 2017 Caesar received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy. 
     
  • Caesar founded the Shirley Caesar Outreach Ministries to serve the neglected and those in need in the Raleigh-Durham community. 

Shirley Caesar

"I'm in the fourth quarter of my life, and I’m doing everything I can to be the best humanitarian and best person that I can be."

  • Born Shirley Ann Caesar-Williams on Oct. 13, 1938, in Durham, North Carolina
     
  • Shirley Caesar is often referred to as the First Lady of Gospel. She recorded in the 1960s with the esteemed gospel group the Caravans, and launched a solo career in 1966 with the album My Testimony. Caesar has created an iconic body of work through the decades that includes such powerfully affecting recordings as "Faded Rose," "I Remember Mama" and "Rejoice."
     
  • She won her first GRAMMY for 1971 for Best Soul Gospel Performance for her cover of "Put Your Hand In The Hand Of The Man From Galilee."
     
  • At the 38th GRAMMY Awards, she made her debut on the GRAMMY stage as part of a gospel tribute, singing a medley with Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans.
     
  • Caesar became a viral sensation in 2016 when a remixed clip of her performing "Hold My Mule" was released before Thanksgiving and inspired the U Name it challenge.
     
  • In 2017 Caesar received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy. 
     
  • Caesar founded the Shirley Caesar Outreach Ministries to serve the neglected and those in need in the Raleigh-Durham community. 

GRAMMY Award Results for Shirley Caesar

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Nominations
Best Gospel Performance/Song
It's Alright, It's Ok
Best Gospel Album
Fill This House
 
Nominations
Best Traditional Gospel Album
A City Called Heaven
 
Nominations
Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
I Know The Truth
 
Nominations
Best Gospel Performance
The Stone
 
Nominations
Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
Shirley Caesar And Friends
 
Nominations
Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
Hymns
 
Wins
Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
You Can Make It
 
Wins
Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
Christmas With Shirley Caesar
 
Nominations
Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
A Miracle In Harlem (Album)
 
Wins
Best Gospel Album By A Choir Or Chorus
Just A Word
 
Wins
Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
Shirley Caesar Live - He Will Come
 
Wins
Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
Stand Still
 
Wins
Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
He's Working It Out For You
 
Nominations
Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
I Remember Mana (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female
Live... In Chicago (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female
The Lord Will Make A Way (Track)
 
Nominations
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female
Celebration (Album)
Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo, Group, Choir Or Chorus
Jesus Is Mine (Track)
 
Wins
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female
Martin
 
Wins
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female
Sailin'
Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo Or Group
Sailin' On The Sea Of Your Love
Nominations
Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo Or Group
Rejoice (Track)
 
Nominations
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female
Jesus, I Love Calling Your Name (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Traditional
Go (Album)
 
Wins
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Contemporary
Rejoice
 
Nominations
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Contemporary
Reach Out And Touch (Track)
 
Wins
Best Soul Gospel Performance
Put Your Hand In The Hand Of The Man From Galilee

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