CeCe Winans

Gospel/R&B/Soul

Contemporary Gospel,R&B/Soul,Contemporary R&B

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If you ask CeCe Winans what drives her, the answer will be far removed from her endless list of accolades, best-selling albums, widespread industry recognition, and vast amounts of press coverage.

She'll make no mention of the multiple GRAMMY®, Stellar, and Dove awards she's garnered over the years, let alone the several gold-and platinum-certified albums she's scored-not even those she nabbed with brother BeBe as part of the hit-making duo BeBe & CeCe Winans.

CeCe Winans won't tell you she's graced the covers of high-profile publications such as Essence, Jet, CCM, and Today's Christian Woman, among countless others, or that she's made her rounds in the talk-show circuit, making appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Oprah, Live with Regis & Kathie Lee, and more. And radio hits? Forget about it.

When all is said and done, CeCe Winans' heart lies someplace else.

"When you're in the throne room, your focus is just God," CeCe says. "Nothing's more powerful than that. When you do other music-positive music, gospel, inspirational, whatever you want to name it-you're teaching lessons to other people, which is still very important. But nothing is more powerful than when you're face to face with God."

Purified, CeCe Winans' chart-topping 2005 release, saw the singer entertaining her pop sensibilities, proving once again that she excels at interpreting buoyant, life-affirming songs that a wider audience could embrace. But Thy Kingdom Come is different: it finds the gospel veteran going back to what she does best, namely, lavishing honor and glory upon the King of Kings, while rallying His people to live like royal priesthood.

Not one to pick favorites, CeCe Winans says she loves both ends of the spectrum. But something about singing for God and His church strikes a cord in her that not even the most uplifting, stirring pop tune can.

"Singing for God and his people, It's more home for me," she says. "I'm most comfortable because I don't even have to think hard. It's something I love and I've been doing it for a long time. It comes from the heart. It touches the heart. I get lost in His will. I guess I have more fun shouting from the mountaintop."

"It's great to sing songs that help us or that encourage us to live right, or to talk right, or to love each other-and those are all powerful messages, things that God smiles upon," CeCe says. "But when you just talk about the power of the living God and His awesomeness and His holiness, nothing is more powerful than that. It penetrates the heart more than anything."

"Being on the corner, preaching to the lost, which is what Jesus came here for in the first place, is important," she says. "But when you just sit in the sanctuary, you're just surrounded by His presence. You just rest and you flow there".

That place, CeCe Winans says, is her favorite place to be.

"At the end of the day, if I'm sitting in church, I'm really happy, I'm really at home. When you're outside of that, it becomes more about the call. But when you're inside, you don't have to be mindful of other things. You're just alone in His presence."

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Discography

Album Title Year Label
Alone in His Presence1995Sparrow Records
Everlasting Love1998Atlantic Records
His Gift1998Atlantic Records
Alabaster Box1999Sparrow Records
CeCe Winans2001Sparrow Records
Throne Room2003Sony Music
Purified2005INO Records/Purespring Gospel
Thy Kingdom Come2008Pure Springs Music
Songs of Emotional Healing2010EMI Gospel

Category:

Location:

Detroit

Michigan

United States

Record Label:

Pure Springs Gospel/ INO Records/ Sony Urban Music/ Epic Records

Christian Label:

Yes

Years Active:

90's

00's





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