13 October 1938, Durham, North Carolina, USA. A deeply spiritual and affecting gospel singer, Caesars emotive vocals were first discovered in a church choir when she was 10 years old. Through her teenage years and early 20s she toured widely through the Carolinas and Virginia in the company of choirs such as the Dixie Hummingbirds, Gospel Harmonettes and Mahalia Jackson. She was best known, however, for her work with the Caravans, whom she begged to join after initially deputizing for Inez Andrews at a local performance. She stayed with the group for eight years.
Electing to pursue a solo career in 1966, alongside her own choir the Caesar Singers, she has subsequently carved out a profile that has made her the natural successor to Mahalia Jackson. Live, she is one of the great evangelical audience-rousers, a reputation that has not always transferred to record, where her spirituals can appear hectoring. After a series of recordings for...
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