Studio 5: Intimate Portrait


>>Efrem: SECONDS AWAY ON “STUDIO 5″… *>>Efrem: SITTING DOWN WITH A GOSPEL LEGEND, PASTOR SHIRLEY CAESAR. ANYTHING ELSE YOU’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO DOING?>>I WOULD LIKE TO DO SOME MORE BIG SCREEN AND MORE ACTING.>>Efrem: THERE IS MORE ACTING IN PASTOR CAESAR’S FUTURE. BUT, FIRST… *>>Efrem: SHE HAS SOME NEW MUSIC TO SHARE. AND… *>>Efrem: AN ENCOURAGING MESSAGE FROM GRAMMY-NOMINATED RECORDING ARTIST MATTHEW WEST, IN “STUDIO 5,” WHICH STARTS NOW. * [CLAPPING] *>>WHEN I WAS APPROACHED WITH THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO SWITCH TO SING R & B, THEY CAME TO ME. AND THEY SAID, WE KNOW THAT YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR MOTHER, AND WE CAN PROVIDE FOR YOU WHATEVER YOU NEED TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR MOM. WE KNOW THAT YOUR MOTHER IS A SEMI INVALID, AND WE CAN SEE THAT SHE SEES THE BEST OF DOCTORS, AND YOU WOULD HAVE THE BEST OF EVERYTHING. SIGN THE CONTRACT. I SAID, THE ONLY WAY I CAN DO THAT IS IF I CAN ROCK FOR JESUS AND ROLL FOR GOD. THIS IS IT. I’M LIKE MICHAEL JACKSON, THIS IS IT, WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET. STRICTLY GOSPEL. * * * UP THE RIVER >>Efrem: AND THOSE ARE JUST A FEW SNAPSHOTS OF THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF PASTOR SHIRLEY CAESAR. WELCOME TO “STUDIO 5.” WE’RE HERE IN HER HOME TOWN OF RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, TODAY, AND WE’RE SITTING DOWN WITH HER IN JUST A BIT. FIRST, LET’S LOOK AT ALL OF THE NEWS MAKING HEADLINES IN THE ENTERTAINMENT WORLD. THIS IS YOUR TOP FIVE FROM “STUDIO 5.” AT NUMBER FIVE: QUARTERBACK ROBERT GRIFFITHS THE THIRD IS BACK IN THE GAME CLEVELAND, AND HE IS GRATEFUL.>>ALL YOU CAN DO IS COME OUT HERE AND SHOW THE TALENTS THAT GOD HAS BLESSED YOU WITH AND CONTINUE TO WORK HARD EVERY DAY. I THINK EVERYBODY IS COMING OUT HERE KNOWING NOTHING IS GUARANTEED.>>Efrem: R.G. THREE WAS A STAR FOR HIS ROOKIE SEASON, BUT SAT ON THE BENCH LAST SEASON.>>IT IS A BLESSING TO BE ABLE TO PLAY THIS GAME.>>Efrem: AT NUMBER FOUR: THERE WAS THE A.L.S. ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE. AND THEN THE 22 PUSH-UP CHALLENGE TO BRING ATTENTION TO THE 22 MILITARY VETERANS WHO COMMIT SUICIDE EVERY DAY.>>CHRIS PRATT AND HIS WIFE LENT THEIR MUSCLES TO THE CAUSE.>>DROP AND GIVE ME 22.>>Efrem: AND NOW THERE IS…>>THE “SO GONE” CHALLENGE. FROM THE MONICA SONG. *>>Efrem: AND THIS CHALLENGE IS TAKING ON A GOSPEL TWIST. * BY THE TIME IT HITS HIS FACE, THERE IS THE PEOPLE IN THE KINGDOM * * I DON’T HAVE TO WONDER, JESUS LOVED ME FROM THE START * * ALL HE WANTS FROM US IS TO OPEN UP OUR HEARTS *>>Efrem: THAT BRINGS US TO NUMBER THREE AND… *>>Efrem: CHRISTIAN ROCKERS FOR KING AND COUNTRY. AND GOSPEL RECORDING STAR TY TRIBETT WILL HOST THIS YEAR’S DOVE AWARDS. AND IT CAN BE A BIG NIGHT FOR CHRISTIAN SINGER AND SONGWRITER LAUREN DAGEL. SHE HAS SIX NOMINATIONS, INCLUDING ARTIST OF THE YEAR.>>>COMING IN AT NUMBER TWO:>>I DON’T KNOW HOW TO HANDLE THIS. I JUST STARTED PRAYING.>>Efrem: THIS 93-YEAR-OLD DETROIT WOMAN IS ON A MISSION TO THANK THE MAN WHO STOPPED TO HELP HER WHEN HER CAR STALLED ON THE INTERSTATE. THE BLACK MAN KEPT SAYING TO HER, I’M NOT HERE TO HURT YOU: I’M HERE TO HELP YOU. AND IN TODAY’S RACIAL CLIMATE, THOSE WORDS STUCK WITH HER.>>I THINK IT IS SO UNFAIR. WE’RE ALL CREATED EQUALLY. THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE, NONE. IS THAT WHY HE FELT THE NEED TO TELL ME THAT HE WAS HERE TO HELP?>>Reporter: ALICE PUT HER THOUGHTS IN WRITING, SENDING A LETTER TO A OAKLAND PRESS. SHE HOPES IT REACHES THE GOOD SAMARITAN WHO’S NAME SHE CAN’T REMEMBER.>>I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU. I’D GIVE HIM A HUG.>>Efrem: AND NOW THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF BRANDON BURLSWORTH IS HITTING THE THEATERS ON FRIDAY.>>NEIL McDUNNA PLAYS BRANDON’S BROTHER.>>>HOW FAMILIAR WERE YOU WITH BRANDON’S STORY?>>I HAD HEARD OF THE STORY. I WASN’T COMPLETELY FAMILIAR WITH IT. WE WERE SITTING IN TRAFFIC, MY WIFE AND I. AND SHE SAID, THERE IS AN E-MAIL ABOUT BRANDON. AND I SAID, THE FOOTBALL PLAYER. AND SHE SAID, THERE IS A SCRIPT THERE. AND I SAID, WELL, WE’RE STUCK IN TRAFFIC, START READING. AND BY PAGE THREE, WE WERE ALREADY BALLING.>>Efrem: AND THAT IS “STUDIO 5’s” TOP FIVE.>>>TODAY WE’RE IN RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA. THIS IS HOME TO THE LEGENDARY PASTOR SHIRLEY CAESAR. SHE IS CELEBRATING 50 CAREERS AS A SOLO RECORDING ARTIST. AND SHE RECENTLY GOT HER OWN STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME. WE’RE SITTING DOWN WITH PASTOR CAESAR FOR THIS WEEK’S “STUDIO 5” INTERVIEW. * AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOU’RE GOING TO WIN * * WHY * BECAUSE YOU’RE ALL RIGHT *>>Efrem: HER POWERFUL VOICE IS HER SIGNATURE. WITH MORE THAN 40 ALBUMS UNDER HER BELT, SHE HAS BEEN SHARING MUSIC FOR ABOUT 60 YEARS. * * THANK YOU, LORD * LORD >>Efrem: SHE FIRST MADE HER MARK WITH GOSPEL PIONEERS “THE CARAVANS.” “FILL THIS HOUSE” IS YOUR LATEST PROJECT?>>YES, IT IS.>>Efrem: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THIS PARTICULAR WORK?>>ANOINTED. WE WORKED FEVERISHLY TO BRING IT INTO FRUITION. ONE OF MY GOD DAUGHTERS GAVE ME THE IDEA OF GOING ON LINE AND PUTTING IT OUT THERE, “WRITE MY SONG.” AND SONGS CAME IN BY THE HUNDREDS, AND “FILL THE HOUSE” IS ONE OF THEM. AND “IT’S ALL RIGHT, IT’S OKAY,” ONE OF THEM.>>Efrem: YOU PAIRED WITH ANTHONY HAMILTON ON THAT SINGLE. * IT’S ALL RIGHT * IT’S OKAY * DON’T LET YOUR TRUST GET AWAY *>>Efrem: HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? WAS THIS YOUR IDEA?>>NO. NO. THE RECORD COMPANY DID IT. WHEN I WENT IN THE STUDIO, I RECORDED THE WHOLE SONG BY MYSELF. SO WHAT THEY DID WAS THEY JUST SLIPPED THAT SECOND VERSE OUT. AND HE WENT IN THERE AND JUST TORE IT UP.>>Efrem: THIS IS A MILESTONE RECORDING FOR PASTOR CAESAR. IT IS THE FIRST SINCE THE DEATH OF HER HUSBAND, BISHOP HAROLD WILLIAMS. AND HER FIRST –>>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE PROUDLY WELCOME TO THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME, PASTOR SHIRLEY CAESAR.>>Efrem: — AS A MEMBER OF THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME. 50 YEARS AS A SOLO RECORDING ARTIST –>>YES.>>Efrem: — YOU’VE GOTTEN A STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME.>>YES, YES, YES.>>Efrem: HOW ARE YOU FEELING?>>I AM EXCITED. ME? FROM NORTH CAROLINA? LITTLE OL’ SHIRLEY? SO MANY TIMES I SIT UP AT NIGHT AND I SAY, I CAN’T BELIEVE IT. AND NOW MY NAME IS RIGHT UP THERE, IN FRONT OF THE FONDA THEATER.>>Efrem: UH-HUH.>>WE LUCILLE BALL’S NAME, GREGORY PECK, B.B. AND C.C., AND NOW SHIRLEY CAESAR. UNBELIEVABLE.>>Efrem: HOW DO YOU CONTINUE, AS YOU GET OLDER, TO STAY SO RELEVANT?>>WELL, FOR YEARS THEY WERE LISTENING TO THE OLD SHIRLEY CAESAR. THE OLD SONGS. LIKE “NO CHARGE.” “SATAN, WE’RE GOING TO TEAR YOUR KINGDOM DOWN.” * SATAN, WE’RE GOING TO TEAR YOUR KINGDOM DOWN *>>Efrem: OPRAH WINFREY ASKED HER TO RERECORD HER SHOW FOR A DRAMA SERIES ON HER NETWORK.>>FOR YEARS IT WAS THOSE SONGS THAT REALLY KEPT ME ALIVE. BUT ONE DAY OTHER POWERFUL SONGS JUST STARTED COMING MY WAY. IT JUST SEEMS LIKE THE LORD WAS GIVING ME A BRAND NEW TURNAROUND. I BELIEVE NOW, SEEMINGLY, THAT MY LATTER — WELL, NOW IS GOING TO BE EVEN GREATER THAN MY PAST. I JUST THANK GOD FOR THAT. * CAN YOU BELIEVE >>Efrem: PASTOR CAESAR’S NEW SONGS SPEAK TO TODAY’S CONCERNS, FROM THE DEADLY VIOLENCE ON CITY STREETS, TO THE SHOOTING AT A CHURCH IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA. IT IS THE SAME CHURCH WHERE SHE RECEIVED HER FIRST HONORARY DOCTORATE DEGREE 39 YEARS AGO.>>NINE WORSHIPPERS WERE IN CHURCH WORSHIPPING. AND THIS YOUNG MAN COMES IN, SITS THERE, ENJOYING. AND THEY LOVE ON HIM AND THEY WELCOME HIM, AND THEN WHILE THEIR HEADS ARE BOWED, THIS COWARD TAKES THEIR LIVES. AND MAY I SAY — WHERE IS THE CAMERA? MAY I SAY, IT TOOK ME TWO WEEKS — I’M BEING HONEST — TO FORGIVE THAT YOUNG MAN BECAUSE HE WAS A COWARD. IT TOOK ME TWO BIBLE STUDIES, AS WE DISCUSSED IT, TALKED ABOUT IT, WHY? HOW COULD SOMEBODY COME INTO GOD’S HOUSE…>>Efrem: THE BIBLE STUDIES GAVE BIRTH TO A SONG. * *>>Efrem: THAT’S ALSO ON HER “FILL HIS HOUSE” PROJECT. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU ARE STILL LOOKING TO DO? YOU’VE ACTED. YOU’VE GOT YOUR STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME. YOU PASTOR THIS GREAT CHURCH. ANYTHING ELSE YOU’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO DOING?>>I WOULD LIKE TO DO SOME MORE BIG SCREEN. I WOULD LIKE TO DO SOME MORE ACTING. * PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE * * IT’S GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT *>>Efrem: AND THE BUSY SINGER AND PASTOR ALREADY HAS A MOVIE IN THE WORKS. SHIRLEY’S NEW ALBUM IS CALLED “FILL THIS HOUSE,” AND THE INTERVIEW WITH PASTOR CAESAR CONTINUES RIGHT AFTER THIS.>>>STILL AHEAD ON “STUDIO 5″… * WE’RE HERE TODAY FOR THE CELEBRATION OF A WONDERFUL WOMAN *>>Efrem: A LOOK AT PASTOR CAESAR ON THE BIG SCREEN AND IN MEMORABLE PHOTOGRAPH.>>Efrem: AND WELCOME BACK TO “STUDIO 5,” COMING TO YOU THIS WEEK FROM DOWNTOWN RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA. THIS IS HOME TO THE LEGENDARY PASTOR SHIRLEY CAESAR. SHE IS CELEBRATING 50 YEARS AS A SOLE LO SOLO RECORDING ARTIST. AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, WITH THAT LIFETIME IN THIS CAREER, SHE HAS GOT LOTS OF PICTURES. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT PASTOR SHIRLEY CAESAR’S LIFE IN PICTURES, AS THE INTERVIEW CONTINUES. * * OH, YES, OH, YES, OH, YES * * THE CHURCH IS IN MOURNING *>>Efrem: THIS IS ONE OF PASTOR SHIRLEY CAESAR’S ACTING CREDITS, APPEARING OPPOSITE CUBA GOODING, JR. AND BEYONCE IN “THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS.”>>I’M SO GRATEFUL TO BE WHERE I AM NOW. AND I CAN LOOK BACK AND SEE THE LONG ROAD THAT I’VE TRAVELLED. I WILL NEVER, EVER FORGET MY UPBRINGING. I WILL NEVER, EVER FORGET FROM WHENCE I COME. GOD DID IT ALL. HE DID IT ALL FOR ME.>>Efrem: AS A LITTLE GIRL, YOU STARTED SINGING VERY YOUNG. DID YOU IMAGINE THIS WOULD BE YOUR LIFE?>>NO, OF COURSE NOT. I WOULD LAY IN BED AND I WOULD VISUALIZE MYSELF PREACHING. AND I WOULD VISUALIZE MYSELF WITH A PRAYER LINE, WITH MY MOM AT THE HEAD OF THE LINE BECAUSE SHE WAS A SEMI INVALID. SHE HAD MENINGITIS WHEN SHE WAS TWO YEARS OLD, AND IT LEFT HER WITH A CLUBBED FOOT. I WOULD VISUALIZE MYSELF PRAYING FOR MY MAMA AND MY MOM WALKING. NOW, THAT NEVER CAME INTO BEING, BUT WHAT DID FINALLY THEY MADE HER A SPECIAL SHOE. AND I HAVE THAT SET OF SHOES NOW.>>Efrem: MOM WAS VERY SPECIAL TO YOU.>>OH, LORD. MY MOTHER — IF THERE WAS ANYTHING, I WOULD HAVE GIVEN HER AN ARM, I WOULD HAVE GIVEN HER A KIDNEY, I WOULD HAVE GIVEN HER WHATEVER SHE NEEDED AT THE TIME. SHE WAS 84 WHEN SHE FELL ASLEEP AND SHE TRANSITIONED, BUT I WOULD HAVE DONE ANYTHING TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO KEEP MY MOM. BUT TO BE ABSENT OUT OF THIS FLESH HOUSE IS TO BE IN HIS PRESENCE. SO I BELIEVE — I’M GOING TO TELL YOU THIS — I BELIEVE THAT MY MOM IS LOOKING DOWN FROM THE ELEMENTS OF GLORY. AND I BELIEVE THAT SHE IS SAYING, YOU GO, SHIRLEY. YOU’RE MAKING ME PROUD. GO, GIRL! I BELIEVE THAT. I BELIEVE THAT. * * IN THE BOSOM OF JESUS CHRIST * * SOMEHOW I KNOW SHE IS SMILING * * SHE IS SMILING OVER US RIGHT NOW * * ONE DAY I’LL SEE HER >>I’M ONE OF 12. THERE ARE ONLY TWO OF US LEFT NOW. MY BROTHER AND MYSELF.>>Efrem: I WANT TO DO A BIT OF A PHOTO THING HERE. I WANT TO LOOK AT SOME PHOTOS OF YOU AND SEE WHAT YOU REMEMBER.>>THAT’S ME. I THINK I WAS, LIKE, 28 THERE.>>Efrem: 28?>>THAT’S ME, TOO. I DON’T KNOW HOW OLD I WAS.>>Efrem: THIS ONE STILL IS SITTING IN MY GRANDMOTHER’S LIVING ROOM WITH YOUR AUTOGRAGH. MY GRANDMOTHER IS 97.>>REALLY?>>Efrem: THERE AREN’T MANY PICTURES IN HER HOUSE, BUT THIS IS STILL SITTING THERE.>>I WAS AT THE RADIO STATION, DOING MY RADIO BROADCAST. AND THAT IS ME. THAT WAS 100 YEARS AGO.>>Efrem: STILL AHEAD… * LORD IS WITH YOU EVERY DAY * * SOMETIMES IT’S HARD TO SAY YOU’RE DOING OKAY * * WHEN YOU’RE TRYING TO HIDE THE PAIN *>>Efrem: “STUDIO 5” SAMPLES THE SOUNDS OF PASTOR CAESAR IN THIS PERFORMANCE JUST FOR US.>>Efrem: WE’VE BEEN CHATTING WITH PASTOR SHIRLEY CAESAR AND HER LIFE IN THIS BUSINESS. AND NOW LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT SHE DOES BEST, SING. FOR THAT WE’RE GOING BACK TO HER CHURCH, MOUNT CAVALRY. * AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOU’RE GOING TO WIN * * WHY * BECAUSE YOU’RE ALL RIGHT * * IT’S ALL RIGHT. IT’S OKAY * * DON’T LET TROUBLES GET IN YOUR WAY * * JUST BELIEVE * CAN YOU BELIEVE * THE LORD IS WITH YOU EVERY DAY * * SOMETIMES IT’S HARD TO SAY YOU’RE DOING OKAY * * WHEN YOUR TRYIN YOU’RE TRYING TO HIDE THE PAIN ON YOUR FACE * * TIMES ARE GETTING HARDER * * YOU PRAYED AND YOU PRAYED * * JUST KEEP HOPING AND BELIEVING * * HOLD ON TO YOUR FAITH * IT’S ALL RIGHT * IT’S OKAY * AND IT’S OKAY * DON’T LET YOUR TROUBLES GET IN YOUR WAY * * JUST BELIEVE * AND HAVE FAITH * KNOW THAT THE LORD IS WITH YOU EVERY DAY * * IT’S ALL RIGHT * IT’S ALL RIGHT * PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE * IT’S GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT * * OH, LET THE DEVIL NOW IT’S GONNA BE ALL RIGHT * * GO ON AND DRY THE TEARS FROM YOUR EYES * * IT’S GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT, ALL RIGHT, ALL RIGHT * * IT’S ALL RIGHT * IT’S OKAY * DON’T YOU LET YOUR TROUBLES — DON’T LET IT GET IN YOUR WAY * * JUST BELIEVE * AND HAVE FAITH * KNOW THE LORD IS WITH YOU EVERY DAY * * IT’S ALL RIGHT * IT’S OKAY * DON’T LET YOUR TROUBLES GET IN YOUR WAY * * DON’T LEM THE LET THEM GET IN YOUR WAY * * JUST BELIEVE * * AND HAVE FAITH * KNOW THAT THE LORD IS WITH YOU EVERY DAY *>>Efrem: STILL AHEAD, HERE ON “STUDIO 5″… *>>Efrem: …GETTING THE BACK STORY OF THE BAND WHO’S MUSIC UNITES MILLIONS ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAY.>>Efrem: WE HAVE CERTAINLY ENJOYED BRINGING THIS WEEK’S “STUDIO 5” TO YOU FROM RALEIGH, NORTH CARL CAL. NORTH CAROLINA. AND WE’RE HARD AT WORK ON WHAT TO BRING YOU NEXT WEEK. TAKE A LOOK.>>THERE WERE SONGS THAT INFLUENCED THE WAY PEOPLE WORSHIPPED.>>Efrem: FROM A SMALL YOUTH GROUP IN AUSTRALIA, TO A CHURCH WHO’S MUSIC SWEPT THE GLOBE. “STUDIO 5” SITS DOWN WITH HILLSONG UNITED.>>WE WERE SHOCKED THAT HOLLYWOOD WOULD KNOCK ON OUR DOOR AND DO A STORY THAT ACTUALLY POINTS TO JESUS. I GUESS, STILL, YOU KNOW, WE’RE JUST AMAZED THAT THIS IS WHERE GOD HAS TAKEN US.>>Efrem: WE’LL BRING YOU A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THEIR NEW FILM “LET HOPE RISE.” TAIA, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT SURPRISED ME IN THIS FILM IS YOU ARRIVED IN SYDNEY WITH $200, AND JUST, LORD, USE ME.>>YEAH. IT WAS A FAITH STEP. IT WAS A FAITH STEP.>>Efrem: IT’S AN EPISODE YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS. AND THAT’S JUST ONE STORY FROM NEXT WEEK’S RUNDOWN. AS FOR TODAY’S SHOW, I’M GIVING THE FINAL WORD TO ANOTHER RECORDING ARTIST, MATTHEW WEST. HE HAS A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM THE HEART. [INAUDIBLE]>>THANK YOU FOR THE CHANCE EVERY DAY. THAT I CAN WAKE UP AND HAVE A CHANCE TO DO THIS. I THANK GOD.>>Efrem: AND THAT IS THE FINAL WORD FOR THIS EDITION OF “STUDIO 5,” AND A VERY GOOD WORD INDEED. UNTIL NEXT TIME, REACH OUT AND TOUCH ME AN EFREM GRAHAM ON INSTAGRAM, Facebook, TWITTER, AND SNAPCHAT, AND COME ON BACK AND SEE WHERE “STUDIO 5” TAKES YOU NEXT WEEK. BYE-BYE.

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