The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that The Queen of Gospel and living legend Shirley Caesar will be honored with the 2,583rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, Tuesday, June 28, 2016. The star in the category of recording was dedicated at 6126 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Fonda Theatre.
World-renowned gospel artists Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin will assist MC and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star. “We are proud to welcome the Reigning Queen of Gospel Shirley Caesar to our famous Walk of Fame. She is known as a musical trailblazer who has influenced a wide range of artists across genres. Her career has made an indelible mark on American music and the sounds of gospel,” states Gubler.
In celebrating her 50th anniversary as a solo recording artist and a career that spans over 60 years as one of the most recognized names and voices, Shirley Caesar stands tall and committed to her journey as a humanitarian, entrepreneur and internationally-renowned gospel singer, songwriter, author and pastor. With more than 40 recorded albums, 11 Grammy® Awards, 14 Stellar Awards, 18 Dove Awards, and induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Shirley Caesar is enjoying the results of the labor. Her new album “Fill This House” was released by the label Light Records/Entertainment One on June 3, 2016 and includes songs such as “It’s Alright, It’s Ok” (featuring Anthony Hamilton), and “Mother Emanuel.”
In 1975, Caesar was one of the first gospel artists to cross over to the R&B and pop charts with the country hit, “No Charge.” She has performed for numerous world leaders including every U.S. President since Jimmy Carter and Nelson Mandela, and performed on Broadway, film and TV. Beyond her musical ministry, Caesar has remained deeply committed in serving the Durham and Raleigh, NC communities, as pastor of Mt. Calvary Word of Faith Church in Raleigh, NC for over 20 years. She has been offering community assistance to those in need through her Shirley Caesar Outreach Ministries for over 40 years, and served on the Durham City Council for four years between1987-1991.
Congratulations Mother Shirley, this is an honor you truly deserve.