Shirley Caesar

Pastor Shirley Caesar

Those who thought themselves lucky — or perhaps blessed — to see gospel and rhythm-and-blues great Mavis Staples perform last month in Waco may want to prepare for a second dose coming this summer: Gospel music icon and pastor Shirley Caesar will sing in Waco on July 8.

The occasion is the 25th wedding anniversary of Second Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Nika Davis and his wife Beverly and it's being shared with the ticket-buying public. Tickets for the Grammy-winning Pastor Caesar's performance are $25 and available online here or by calling 254-495-1030.

Caesar, 78, has earned 11 Grammy Awards and 18 Dove Awards as well as membership in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame over the course of her six-decade singing career. In addition to maintaining an active performing and speaking schedule, she continues to co-pastor a church in Durham, North Carolina, and lead her Shirley Caesar Outreach Ministries.

Tribune-Herald entertainment editor