by Shirley Caesar


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First Lady of Gospel Shirley Caesar brings her message of peace and encouragement to the world with yet another superlative release. With ten Grammys to her name and a career spanning nearly four decades, Pastor Caesar has certainly earned her title. It's especially appropriate on Hymns, which brings Caesar's passionate performance to such familiar fare as "Holy, Holy, Holy" and "There Is Power in the Blood." Backed by an effusive choir dubbed the Caesar Singers, this is a full-throttle release of traditional gospel and powerful blues. One of the album's most forceful moments, however, comes from its only non-hymn, the in-your-face "How Long Has It Been (Since You've Been Home)," a song written by gospel legend Sullivan Pugh. Bishop T. D. Jakes, a bestselling recording artist in his own right, offers a foreword to this collection, and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child duets on "Steal Away to Jesus." With this much star power, Hymns is definitely another keeper.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2001
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998586420
catalogNumber: 85864

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shirley Caesar   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
Bernard Sterling   Background Vocals
Barry Green   Trombone
John Hammond   Drums
Tracy Harris   Background Vocals
Criss Johnson   Guitar
Sam Levine   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Michael E. Mathis   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Steve Patrick   Trumpet
Maurice Rogers   Organ,Piano
Chris Kent   Bass,Bass Guitar
Johnny Jackson   Bass,Bass Guitar
Rick Carter   Bass,Bass Guitar
Caesar Singers   Background Vocals
Michelle Williams   Vocals
Lisa Butts   Background Vocals
Gene Conyers   Background Vocals
New Direction   Choir, Chorus
Donald Gore   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Shirley Caesar   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Choir Arrangement,Medley Concept
Grant Green   overdub engineer
Lloyd Barry   Horn Arrangements
Bob Horn   Engineer,overdub engineer
John Jaszcz   Engineer
Michael E. Mathis   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
John Newton   Composer
Tracy Schroeder   Engineer,overdub engineer
Bubba Smith   Producer,Executive Producer
Jeral Gray   Director
Percy Gray   Director,Choir Arrangement
Matt Hathaway   overdub engineer
Jeff Lane   Engineer,overdub engineer
John Rees   Composer
Shelton.Rodney   Keyboard Engineer
Alvin Williams   Executive Producer
Dave Puryear   Engineer,overdub engineer
Tom Wanca   Keyboard Engineer
Civilla D. Martin   Composer
Gene Conyers   Vocal Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Danny Graham   Choir Arrangement
Reginald Heber   Composer
John Bacchus Dykes   Composer

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