By Tolbert Smalls, Jr.
The “Crowned Queen of Gospel Music” Shirley Caesar will make her much-anticipated return to Charleston on Sunday, August 13 at The Charleston Music Hall.
Presented by Restoration Ministries, Caesar will be joined in concert by Nancy Wilson, Lemmie Battles, Duranice Pace, Carolyn Henton, Bernardo Snipes and Charleston’s Queen of Gospel – Lonnie Ruth Palmer.
Caesar will be making her first visit to Charleston since she performed at a memorial event for the one year anniversary of the mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church. She is happy to be back in the Lowcountry. “I’m glad that Emanuel has bounced back and is coping in spite of the enemy. It feels good to be here,” said Caesar.
When asked what fans can expect for her performance, the gospel legend replied: “I’m going to sing songs from my last 10 albums, dealing with some old stuff and new stuff. You’ll hear a medley of music from my work from years past.”
Caesar got into singing at an early age. “I’ve been singing since I was 4 years old. I used to listen to Mahalia Jackson and other old timers who inspired me to sing about the man above that changed my life. I just get a joy singing about the Lord,” she said.
Although she is known as “The Crowned Queen of Gospel”, Caesar made it clear that she did not get this far on her own. “I don’t want to be called the queen. Those who came before me broke the ground for me to walk through that door. There’s hundreds of singers that would run circles around me that paved the way for me to be where I am today.”
Caesar’s experiences drives her to help other artists not go through what she had to endure. “I know what it’s like to stay in a cheap hotel and not have money to leave. I know what it is to deal with promoters, being on the road, dealing with everyday struggles that singers of today may not have gone through. I don’t want them to go through that struggle and I’m glad God used me to pave the way people like Mary Mary and Kirk Franklin. It’s important that singers like myself break the ground for them as others did for me.”
Tickets for the concert are $45 ($75 for VIP). Doors open at 5pm and the show starts at 6pm. For more information, call Marion Morton at 843.926.7866.