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You Can Make It

Shirley Caesar

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Album Review

Shirley Caesar has a masterful command of gospel praise song, and "Lift Him Up," which comes right in the middle of You Can Make It, is a practically generic example of the style, with its frantic tempo, excited chorus, and repeated exhortations to "Praise His name!" Caesar, of course, both leads the choir and provides emotive variations. You might say that the album breaks down into two types of songs, ones like "Lift Him Up" that start out at a pitch of excitement and stay there throughout, and others like the title song that proceed at a slower pace and begin more quietly, only to build to a fervent climax. But within the strictures of the form, Caesar demonstrates a willingness to incorporate elements of other pop music styles, sometimes ones that are known for being influenced by gospel. You could listen to the first part of the opening track, "Rejoice," and almost think you had put a James Brown record on by mistake, as the music takes a funky turn. "You Can Make It" sounds like a Patti LaBelle ballad for much of its run, while the horn-filled "Nicodemus" has a 1970s pop sound that recalls the rock band Chicago. But Caesar's throaty, impassioned voice is unmistakable, and she's at her best on more traditional gospel tunes like "What Joy," a duet with Bobby Jones. Nevertheless, the subtle varying of styles serves to broaden the appeal of a music that often finds itself preaching, however joyfully, to the choir.

Customer Reviews

HAIL THE QUEEN OF GOSPEL

this grammy winning album is sure to warm the hearts of listners everywhere. Pastor caesar has done it again. another award winning album. A MASTERPEICE!

You Can Make It

What can I say, my mom got me this CD Christmas 2000 knowing I liked Shirley Caesar. It’s been on my iPod since. I usually keep my iPod on shuffle to surprise me since with over 4,400 songs it’s hard to choose. Well I felt compelled to listen to “I am God” figuring it would minister to me in the place where I am right now. And I must say that after listening again to the album beginning to end I have come to realize that this has to be the very best album of encouragement ever composed. The title says it all “You Can Make It”. Thank you Pastor Shirley for the most uplifting, and inspiring songs. You brought me to the very throne room of the “I AM” to God Himself. That the bass lines, the Hammond, piano and the horns are superbly done is also part of the experience is and added bonus. The vocals of Shirley Caesar also come through clear and powerful. All I can say is thank you and God bless.

Biography

Born: October 13, 1938 in Durham, NC

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A popular gospel singer who often shouts her music in order for her messages to be received, Shirley Caesar performed with the Caravans in the '60s before pursuing a professional solo career in 1966. Born in North Carolina, Caesar is known as the First Lady of Gospel. At the age of 10, she began singing and performing for family and friends. She graduated from Shaw University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1984. She also received honorary doctorates from Shaw University...
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