Two of the top Shirley Caesar songs are "He's Working It Out for You" and "Hold My Mule." Caesar received the Black Gospel Song of the Year award for both of these hits. Other popular songs include "Sweeping Through the City," "Don't Drive Your Mama Away" and "No Charge."
Caesar began singing gospel music in 1949, when Caesar was just 11 years old. In the 1950s, Caesar was a member of The Caravans, an all-female gospel group. She decided to leave the group in 1966 to pursue a career as a solo artist. Caesar has received seven Dove Awards for Black Gospel Album of the Year.