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CeCe Winans, 'Let Them Fall In Love': For The Record
After close to a decade concentrating on ministry at Nashville Life Church with husband Alvin Love, the 2017 album Let Them Fall In Love restated the strength of CeCe Winans' musical and devotional message. It won Best Gospel Album at the 60th GRAMMY Awards and its track "Never Have To Be Alone" won for Best Gospel Performance/Song.
Winans' GRAMMY wins began with the 1987 hit "For Always" performed with her brother, BeBe Winans. Still going strong 30 years later, her total GRAMMY wins so far have risen to an even dozen. And fittingly, "For Always" describes the impact she has had on American gospel and R&B music and on listeners' hearts.
CeCe Winans' family of gospel-enthused recording artists and performers has a complex, marvelous history. Her 1984 album, Lord Lift Us Up, with BeBe drew a Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo Or Group nomination at the 27th GRAMMY Awards, their first. BeBe has six career GRAMMYs, as does brother Marvin. As a group, the Winans — Carvin, Michael, Marvin, and Ronald — have five GRAMMY wins.
Additional family members, including the parents and the siblings' children, account for many more GRAMMY nominations. That's some spirit, accompanied by a gospel legacy almost too awesome to absorb.
Taking a look at CeCe's half-dozen gospel album GRAMMY wins before Let Them Fall In Love, they are bookmarked by collaborations with BeBe — 1991's Different Lifestyles and 2009's Still. Between those years, four of her solo albums won — her first solo LP, 1995's Alone In His Presence, followed by CeCe Winans (2001), Purified (2005), and Thy Kingdom Come (2008).
We don't have to imagine the faith that produced this rich collection of excellence because we can listen to it. NPR described just one track of CeCe Winans' latest as "a mighty blast of joy," so step right up.