Shirley Caesar, an internationally acclaimed gospel singer with a career that has spanned more than six decades, was born on this day in Durham, North Carolina, in 1938.
She came to be widely known as the “First Lady of Gospel” in a career that started in 1951. She has won 11 Grammy Awards and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Shaw University in North Carolina in 1984. She has also studied at Duke University’s divinity school and received honorary doctorate degrees from Shaw University and Southeastern University.
Caesar was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2016, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Happy birthday to the legendary Shirley Caesar.