Shirley Caesar is an American Gospel music singer, songwriter and recording artist. As of 2018, Shirley Caesar net worth is estimated to be $20 million.
Born on October 13, 1938 in North Carolina, United States, Caesar developed interest in singing after performing for family and friends. She first recorded in 1951 at the age 12 and her professional career started in 1957 when she was 19 years old. She attended Shaw University where she received Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1984.
Shirley joined Albertina Walker, Cassietta George, Dorothy Norwood, Inez Andrews, Delores Washington and James Cleveland in the gospel musical group “The Caravans”. She recorded and performed with the group from 1958 to 1966. After that she began her career as a solo and released two albums title “My Testimony” and “I’ll Go” with Institutional Radio Choir. In the span of 6 decades in gospel career, Shirley has released over forty albums. She has participated in more than 16 compilations and three gospel musicals.
Caesar has won several awards and honors throughout her career. She has won 11 Grammy Awards, 14 Stellar Awards, 18 Doves, 1 RIAA gold certification, an Essence Award, McDonald’s Golden Circle Lifetime Achievement Award, NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award and many more. She has also been inducted into Gospel Music Hall of Fame. In 2017, she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy.
Regarding her personal life, she married Bishop Harold Ivory Williams in 1983. They were co-pastors in Raleigh, North Carolina until his death on July 4, 2014.