Gospel Legend Shirley Caesar Says ‘the Lord Has Given Me a Brand New Turn Around’


Pastor Shirley Caesar is a legend in gospel music. She’s won 11 Grammys, 14 Stellar Awards, and 18 Dove Awards.

The latest addition to her growing honors is a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But after more than 50 years in the recording industry, Caesar says she still has lots of work to do.

“It just seems like the Lord has given me a brand new turn around,” Caesar told CBN News. “{My} now is going to be even greater than my past. I just thank God for that.”

‘Fill This House’

Caesar has recorded more than 40 albums, and she has been singing since she was just a kid, growing up in Durham, North Carolina. Her latest project is called “Fill This House.”

“We worked feverishly to bring it into fruition,” Caesar said, recalling the recording process. “One of my goddaughters gave me the idea of going online and putting it out there, write my song, and songs came in by the hundreds. And ‘Fill This House’ was one of them.”

That project also paired the gospel legend with R&B singer Anthony Hamilton for the single called “It’s Alright, It’s OK.”

This is a milestone recording for Pastor Caesar. It’s her first since the death of her husband, Bishop Harold I. Williams, and her first since becoming a member of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“I am excited,” she told CBN News. “Me, from the clay hills of North Carolina. Me, little, old Shirley.”

“So many times I sit up and I say, ‘I can’t believe it,'” she continued. “Now my name is right there in front of the Fonda Theater with Lucille Ball, Gregory Peck, BB & CC, and now Shirley Caesar. Oh, unbelievable, unbelievable.”

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Efrem Graham