Shirley Caesar is a Gospel music singer from the USA who has been referred as “The First Lady of Gospel”. She has released many albums in her career and has been active for over six decades. She is a recording artist and songwriter who has won many accolades. Caesar has also done many MCI Communications’ commercials and has sold millions of albums worldwide. Here is a quick summary of Shirley Caesar’s net worth in 2018, career and earnings.
Shirley Caesar Early Life
Shirley Ann Caesar-Williams is the daughter of James and Hannah Caesar. She was born on 13 October 1938 in North Carolina’s Durham.
After completing her school, she went to the Shaw University, where she earned her B. Sc. Degree in Business Administration. She has also been to the Divinity School of Duke University and has been bestowed with honorary doctorates from two universities.
In 1983, Shirley Caesar got married to Bishop Harold I. Williams. They both were co-pastors of Mount Calvary Word of Faith Church. Her husband died in 2014.
She maintains a very good friendship with Vickie Winans. Caesar was influenced by her own mother. She has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from The Recording Academy, NAACP McDonald’s Golden Circle, and SESAC.
Shirley Caesar Career, Awards & Achievement
In the beginning, Shirley Caesar used to perform for her friends and family. When she was 12, she recorded her first song. In 1957, she became a member of the gospel group called The Caravans.
She has sung with many popular names like Albertina Walker, Dorothy Norwood, Delores Washington, and Inez Andrews. She remained with the Caravans till 1966. Following that Caesar decided to have a solo career and released the albums ‘I’ll Go’ and ‘My Testimony’. In 1977, she released the album ‘, First Lady’.
Caesar then released ‘Form the Heart’ in 1978. In the 1980s, she released the albums ‘Jesus, I Love Calling Your Name’, ‘Sailin’’, ‘Her Very Best’, ‘Live in Chicago’, and ‘I Remember Mama’. Her album ‘Go’ was released in 1990. The following year she came up with ‘He’s Working It Out for You’.
In the 1990s, Caesar released ‘Stand Still’, ‘A Miracle in Harlem’, ‘Just a Word’, ‘Christmas with Shirley Caesar’, and ‘Live… He Will Come’. Her albums from the 2000s include ‘The Gospel Legends’, ‘I Know the Truth’, ‘A City Called Heaven’, and Hymns’.
In 2013, she released the album ‘Good God’. Her most recent album was ‘Fill This House’ in 2016. She has also starred in the movies ‘Unseen’, ‘Why Do Fools Fall in Love’, and ‘Fighting Temptations’.
Awards & Achievements
Shirley Caesar has won a total of eleven Grammy Awards from 28 nominations. The National Endowment for the Arts has conferred her with the National Heritage Fellowship in 1999. In 2000, she was inducted into Gospel Music Hall of Fame. She has also been inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. In 2016, she won the Rhapsody & Rhythm Award by the National Museum of African American Music. She is the recipient of seven Dove Awards.
Net Worth of Shirley Caesar
The estimated net worth of Shirley Caesar is more than $20 million. She made this money by releasing a number of albums in her career. She has sold millions of albums across the world. Additionally, she has also acted in movies and was seen in the television series ‘Good News’ in 1998. Shirley Caesar has performed with many top artists and has also released many popular singles. She has performed with Faith Evans, Dorothy Norwood, Whitney Houston, Kirk Franklin, Dottie Peoples, and Tye Tribbett.
Shirley Caesar is one of the most renowned gospel singers in the world. She has been honored with several accolades and has been credited as “Pastor Shirley Caesar”. She is an influential person and has been performing for decades. She has credited Albertina Walker as “Queen of Gospel Music”.