20 years ago, Duane Price, WUFO’s “Afternoon Power Drive” DJ played the bass guitar for Pastor Shirley Caesar, 75, when she ministered at Young’s Tabernacle here in the city of Buffalo.
Recently, he had the opportunity to interview “The Queen of Gospel Music” and share that moment with her. “The blessed part about it is that we’re still here,” she said. “I’m still singing my gospel and you’re still doing exactly what you do best.”
The multiple Grammy, Stellar and Dove award-winner, whose career spans six decades said, “Seemingly, my voice is getting stronger, so I’m just grateful to the Lord for that.”
Caesar, who first began recording in 1949, at age 11, told Price “My whole life is about the gospel and gospel music.”
Sharing a memory from early childhood, Caesar said, “I remember singing my first song when I was 3 years old. I remember singing ‘I’m Sending Up My Timber Every Day.’”
All these years later, the vivaciousness of her voice makes audiences forget that the pastor is in her golden years. “Oh, I just look good,” she said.
And that, she does.
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