The Bay Area kicked off Black Music Month by celebrating the legendary Pastor Shirley Caesar and Psamlist Chrystal Rucker. The ladies were honored with a Gospel music tribute for their impact and influence on the Gospel music industry.
As a special treat, Rucker performed her latest single “Take Your Burdens,” soon to be released on all digital platforms.
“Last Saturday night was nothing short of AMAZING! I was honored in Oakland by my brother @mrdml510 and the Dream Team!! I’m in still overwhelmed by everything that took place!! Thank you so much to all that came and were a part of this grand celebration,” she wrote on Instagram.
Under the musical direction of David Jackson, musical tributes featured C. Ashley Brown (“Good God”), Tyler Little (“Cannot Stop Praising Him”), Crystal Aikin (“You Deserve My Worship”), Lady Glenda Ancrum Adams (“I Live Your Word”), Dayanna Redic (“Enter In”), Jekalyn Carr (“You’re Next In Line/Working It Out”), Nakitta C. Foxx (“Free”/” Keep Living), Tommi and Tobbi (“Excuse Me”), LeJuene Thompson (“Somewhere Over The Rainbow”), Pastor Elliott Ivey (“You Can Make It”), Jacquelyn Melton (“Yes Lord, Yes Lord”), Vanessa Murphy (“Jesus, I Love Calling Your Name”), and Lillian Lloyd (“Sweeping Through The City”). Each song was backed by the celebration choir lead by DeWayne Woods, Rusty Watson, and Isaiah Zay Grider.
The evening closed with a praise filled celebration, ignited by Pastor Caesar. Expected to give remarks, Caesar took everyone on a trip down memory lane with her classic “Shouting John,” all while proving she has no plans on slowing down.
Congratulations to Pastor Shirley Caesar and Chrystal Rucker, so deserving!