CeCe Winans


CeCe Winans

Infobox musical artist
Name = CeCe Winans



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Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Priscilla Marie Winans
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Origin = Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
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Genre = Gospel, CCM, Pop, R&B, Worship, Hymns, New Jack Swing, Urban contemporary gospel
Occupation = Singer, Songwriter, CEO, Philanthropist, Actress, Talk show host, Speaker, & Author
Years_active = 1986-present (professionally)
Label = Sparrow (1995-1998)
PMG/Atlantic (1998)
PureSprings Gospel (fka WellSpring Gospel) (1999-present)
Associated_acts = BeBe & CeCe Winans
BeBe Winans
The Winans
Winans Family
URL = [http://www.cecewinans.com/ CeCeWinans.com]
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Priscilla Winans Love (born on October 8, 1964) and known professionally as CeCe Winans, is an American Gospel singer and winner of numerous Grammy Awards and Stellar Awards.

Early life

CeCe Winans was born in Detroit, Michigan to David and Delores ("Mom" and "Pop") Winans. She's the eighth of ten children, and the oldest of three girls.

Musical career

BeBe & CeCe

Around the time that Winans had been accepted to college, the television show "The PTL Club" (now known as "Praise the Lord") took interest in her and her brother Benjamin (BeBe) as potential background vocalists for the show. They were accepted after going to North Carolina to audition. BeBe and CeCe moved to the PTL campus in North Carolina, and were on the show for about five years. It was during this time that CeCe met her husband, Alvin Love, Jr. who was also from Detroit. During their time on The PTL Club, BeBe & CeCe recorded "Lord Lift Us Up" on PTL's label following popular demand on the show. The success yielded another effort, "Feels Like Heaven (With You)". Eventually the success warranted another effort: a full length album.

in January 2008. [ [http://www.thestellarawards.com/soul.html Stellar Awards Homepage] ]

olo career

CeCe began her solo career with the Gold certified album "Alone in His Presence". It was released in 1995 and earned her a Grammy Award and 2 Dove Awards including the Female Vocalist of the Year, an award she earned again in 1997. Winans' next release, "Everlasting Love" was released in 1998. The song "On That Day" from the album was written and produced by R&B singer Lauryn Hill. Later that year, Winans released "His Gift" a holiday album.

In 1999, Winans started her own recording company, "PureSprings Gospel". Her first album on the label was "Alabaster Box" in 1999. Some production of the disc was done by Gospel singer and musician, Fred Hammond. It included a guest appearance by Take 6. In 2000 Cece released a concert VHS titled "Live At The Lambs Theater in New York". The concert contained songs from her previous albums. Winans released her next album, the self titled "CeCe Winans", in 2001. The single "Anybody Wanna Pray" included a guest appearance by GRITS. The second single, "Say A Prayer" crossed over into the CCM market.

Winans took a two year break from releasing albums and returned in 2003 with "Throne Room". The first 1,000 copies were issued with a bonus CD that contained exclusive interviews with the artist, the making of the CD, some touring footage, and the music video "More Than What I Wanted" (which came from the 2001 release). In 2004, the 25 city tour "Throne Room" featured free admission and was followed with a DVD release of the concert recorded in Tennessee near CeCe's place of residence. "Live In the Throne Room" contained tracks from all of Winans' albums. Around September 2004, Winans experienced what she thought was a flu but turned out to be a serious stomach infection and was hospitalized immediately for surgery. Due to the extended recovery time, the second half of the "Throne Room Tour" was postponed to early 2005. [cite web|url=http://www.christianitytoday.com/music/interviews/2005/cecewinans-1005.html |title= Purified by Fire|date= 10-2005|author= LaTonya Taylor|accessdate=2007-08-25 |work= Christianity Today ]

Winans' 7th album "Purified" was released in 2005. Producers on board for the project were longtime BeBe & CeCe collaborator Keith Thomas, and CeCe's nephew Mario Winans. Winans' son Alvin III also co-writes several songs on the album and younger sisters Angie and Debbie Winans make an appearance as well.

CeCe's collection of Top Ten R&B radio hits include "Count on Me", her duet with Whitney Houston, from the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack. The single was certified Gold in the U.S. and reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #8 on the Billboard R&B Singles charts.She has also released her 8th Album Thy Kingdom Come on April 1st, to feature the single "Waging War." [5] [1] The first single released from the album "Thy Will Be Done," was released digitally on iTunes on April 1, 2008

Upcoming releases

It has been confirmed on her website that a reunion album with BeBe is scheduled for release in early 2008. cite web|url=http://www.cecewinans.com|title=CeCe Winans Official Homepage|accessdate=2007-05-23|work=PureSprings Gospel] In early 2006, Winans stated that she would follow "Purified" with a holiday album. [ [http://www.cecewinans.com/index.php?content=journal CeCe Winans Q&A] ]

Books

CeCe has authored three books: "On A Positive Note", a collection of her memoirs released August 1, 2000; and "Throne Room: Ushered Into the Presence of God", a devotional released January 1, 2004 and co-authored with Claire Cloninger. "Always Sisters: Becoming the Princess You Were Created to Be", released on July 17, 2007 and co-written with Claudia Mair Burney.

Personal life

CeCe now resides in Forest Hills, Tennessee cite web |url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1077/is_n1_v54/ai_21270365 |title= At Home with CeCe Winans|date=|author=|accessdate=2007-08-25 |work= Ebony Magazine] (a suburb of Nashville) with her husband Alvin Love and two children, Ashley and Alvin Jr. CeCe's children were featured in the BeBe & CeCe Winans music video "If Anything Ever Happened to You". Alvin Jr also appeared in the music video for "Well, Alright." They attend Born Again Church in Nashville, where CeCe is on the worship team and her kids are involved in the drama ministry. CeCe is a good friend of Whitney Houston as well as godmother to her child. [cite book|title=On A Positive Note|author=Winans, CeCe|date=August 1, 2000]

Discography

;Albums with BeBe Winans:"See BeBe & CeCe Winans Discography"

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Name = Alone In His Presence
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Released = October 10, 1995
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Chart position= Billboard 200 #124 cite web|url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/retrieve_chart_history.do?model.chartFormatGroupName=Albums&model.vnuArtistId=141446&model.vnuAlbumId=948169|title=CeCe Winans Albums Chart History|publisher=Billboard.com]
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Singles = "Every Time"
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Name = Everlasting Love
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Released = March 17, 1998
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Chart position= Billboard R&B #35, Billboard 200 #107
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Singles = "Well Alright" (Billboard R&B #47), cite web|url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/retrieve_chart_history.do?model.vnuArtistId=141446&model.vnuAlbumId=948169|title=CeCe Winans Singles Chart History|publisher=Billboard.com] "What About You", "Slippin", "I Am"
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Name = His Gift
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Name = Alabaster Box
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Released = October 19, 1999
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Chart position= Billboard R&B #55, Billboard 200 #129
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Singles = "It Wasn't Easy", "King Of Kings (He's A Wonder)", "Alabastar Box"
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Released = June 19, 2001
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Chart position= Billboard R&B #48, Billboard 200 #116
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Singles = "More Than What I Wanted" (Billboard R&B #65), "Say A Prayer", "For Love Alone"
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Name = Throne Room
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Released = September 9, 2003
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Chart position= Billboard R&B #21, Billboard 200 #32
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Singles = "Hallelujah Praise"
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Name = Purified
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Released = September 13, 2005
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Chart position= Billboard R&B #12, Billboard 200 #41
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Singles = "All That I Need", "Pray", "Let Everything That Hath Breath" (Billboard Dance #8) , "He's Concerned"
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Name = Thy Kingdom Come
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Singles = "Thy Will Be Done," "Waging War," "It Aint Over"
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Name = CeCe Winans Presents The Born Again Church Choir
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Name = CeCe Winans Presents Pure Worship
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Name = CeCe Winans Presents Kingdom Kidz
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----;Guest appearances & Soundtracks
* Patti LaBelle: "Walking Away (featuring CeCe Winans)" (Umbrella, 2006)
* CeCe Winans: "He Set My Life To Music" "She Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" (BNA, 2006)
* BeBe Winans: "Tonight Tonight (featuring CeCe Winans)" (Motown, 2000)
* Various Artists: "Humanity" "The Prince of Egypt Soundtrack" (Dreamworks, 1998)
* CeCe Winans: "The River" "The Prince Of Egypt: Inspirational" (Dreamworks, 1998)
* CeCe Winans: "All Is Well Tonight" "God With Us: A Celebration Of Christmas Carols..." (Sparrow, 1997)
* CeCe Winans: "Take Me Back" "Tribute: The Songs Of Andrae Crouch" (Warner Alliance, 1996)
* CeCe Winans & Whitney Houston: "Count on Me" (Arista, 1996)
* CeCe Winans: "Rest In Me" "Coram Deo II: People Of Praise" (Sparrow, 1994)

Videography

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Name = Live At The Lambs Theater in New York
Other info = Recorded At: Lambs Theater in New York City
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Name = Live In The Throne Room
Other info = Recorded At: Cornerstone Church in Brentwood, TN
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*"Count on Me" (Whitney Houston & CeCe Winans) (1996)
*"Well Alright" (1998)
*"More Than What I Wanted" (2001)
*"Purified" (2006)cite web |url=http://www.gospelflava.com/stellar/stellarresults-2007.html |title= The Official 22nd Annual Stellar Award Winners (2007)|date=January 13, 2007|author=|accessdate=2007-01-15 |work= Gospel Flava ]

;Television Appearances:"List includes acting appearances only, not interviews and/or performances"
*CeCe's Place (aired on the Odyssey channel)
*7th Heaven cite web |url=http://www.cecewinans.com/index.php?content=about |title= CeCe Winans Official Biography|date=|author=|accessdate=2007-08-03 |work= PureSprings Gospel ]
*Touched By an Angel [ [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1077/is_n1_v54/ai_21270365/pg_3 At Home With CeCe Winans Part 2- Ebony Magazine] ]
*Living Single
*Doc ;OtherInfobox Discography
Type = video
Name = Journeys In Black: CeCe Winans
Other info = BET documentary of Cece Winans' life
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Awards

CeCe has received 9 Grammy Awards, 21 Grammy Award nominations, 20 Dove Awards and numerous Stellar Awards.

ee also

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*The Winans Family

References

;Other References:
* Winans, CeCe: "On A Positive Note" (August 1, 2000)

External links

* [http://www.cecewinans.com/ www.cecewinans.com] - Official CeCe Winans Internet site
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