Shirley Caesar - Yes, Lord, Yes - Sunday Best Taking it to Church - 2019

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Shirley Ann Caesar-Williams (nee Caesar; born October 13, 1938),[1] known professionally as Shirley Caesar, is an American gospel singer. Her career began in 1951, when she signed to Federal Records at the age of 12.[2] Throughout her seven decade career, Caesar has often been referred to as the "First Lady of Gospel Music",[1] and "The Queen of Gospel Music".[3] Additionally, she has won eleven Grammy Awards, fifteen Dove Awards, and fourteen Stellar Awards. Caesar has released over forty albums. 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.

According to SoundScan, she has sold 2.2 million albums since 1991.[4] She has made several notable appearances including the televised Live from Disney World Night of Joy, the Gospel According to VH1, and a White House performance for President George Bush. She gave a speech on the evolution of gospel music to the US Treasury Department.[5] In 2017, Caesar was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy.[6] She has also received SESAC Lifetime Achievement Award, Rhapsody & Rhythm Award from the National Museum of African American Music, as well as induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. In 2016, Caesar was honored with a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, for her contributions in gospel music. Between 1981 and 1995, she received seven Dove Awards for Black Gospel Album of the Year for Live at the G.M.W.A., Celebration, Christmasing, Sailin‘, Live ... In Chicago, Go and Rejoice. She received two Black Gospel Song of the Year Awards for "He's Working It Out for You" and "Hold My Mule". She has performed with such performers as Patti LaBelle, Whitney Houston, Dorothy Norwood, Faith Evans, Dottie Peoples, Arnold Houston, Kim Burrell, John P. Kee, Kirk Franklin, Tonex, and Tye Tribbett among others. Caesar is also an actress. She acted in movies, such as Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998) with Larenz Tate and Little Richard, Fighting Temptations (2003) with Beyoncé and Cuba Gooding Jr., and The Unseen (2005) with Steve Harris. She also acted in an episode of The Good News in 1998 as Aunt Shirley.[8] Caesar appeared on The Parkers in 2004.

In 2014, her song "Teach Me Master", which originally appeared on her 1972 album Get Up My Brother,[9] was sampled by Dutch producer Bakermat as "Teach Me"; it reached number 22 on the UK Singles Chart.[10] In 2016, she found herself back at the very top of the gospel Billboard chart with her CD release Fill This House.[11]Caesar was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2010.[14] She performed for President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama at the White House in 2015, along with Aretha Franklin.