CeCe Winans, 'Let Them Fall In Love': For The Record

CeCe Winans

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CeCe Winans, 'Let Them Fall In Love': For The Record

Winans' GRAMMY win for her 2017 gospel album arrived 30 years after her win for the 1987 hit "For Always" that she sang with her brother, BeBe Winans

GRAMMYs/Feb 23, 2018 - 05:34 am

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 WinansCarvin, 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.

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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it

GRAMMYs/Feb 13, 2019 - 04:05 am

Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.

McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award

The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.

"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."

With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.

Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.

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Bruno Mars Wins Song Of The Year | 2018 GRAMMYs


Bruno Mars Wins Song Of The Year | 2018 GRAMMYs

The Hawaiian native takes home Song Of The Year for "That's What I Like" at the 60th GRAMMY Awards

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 08:11 am

Feeling the 24K Magic, Bruno Mars' successful progress through the categories he's been nominated in at the 60th GRAMMY Awards picked up another one at Song Of The Year for "That's What I Like."

Christopher Brody Brown and Philip Lawrence co-write with Mars under the name Shampoo Press & Curl. The other winning songwriters for Mars' hit tonight in this category are James Fauntleroy and production team "The Sterotypes" — Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and  Jonathan Yip.

For additional "Finesse" on stage at the 60th GRAMMY Awards, Mars was joined by Cardi B for a reprise of their 148-million-views hit remix.

The Album Of The Year GRAMMY Award wrapped up the night and wrapped up Bruno Mars' complete rampage through his six nominated categories — now six wins.

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Mixcloud Signs Warner Music For Subscriptions Remix


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Mixcloud Signs Warner Music For Subscriptions Remix

There is more to the Mixcloud difference than just electronic dance music, and now the listening service has signed its first major label deal

GRAMMYs/Oct 10, 2017 - 04:49 am

Among the 1 million curators who have helped build British-based listening service Mixcloud into a destination visited by 17 million listeners each month are GRAMMY winners Erykah Badu, David Byrne, and Tiësto. Limited to streaming-only since its founding in 2008, Mixcloud announced a direct licensing agreement with Warner Music Group this morning, opening the door to offering downloads and new kinds of subscriptions.

Perhaps the standout statistic that describes the Mixcloud difference is that the average length of its user-uploaded programs is 45 minutes. Within the service's general emphasis on DJing, EDM and remix culture, the tendency to drill down and explore narrower listening topics in depth distinguishes the service from competitors such as Spotify or SoundCloud.

Warner Music Group Executive VP for Business Development & Chief Digital Officer Ole Obermann said, "Mixcloud's success is driven by the curiosity and passion of its community, as they engage with new music and rediscover timeless older songs."

Being able to listen to downloads offline seems a natural follow-up to direct licensing deals, but the service hints there's more in store. Mixcloud still hopes to sign indies and the other majors, as its fans have speculated. And with its own proprietary Content ID in place and established relationships with royalty collecting societies, the company has the tech infrastructure to explore new monetization strategies, paying artists and curators in new ways. Launching a new business model for its upcoming approach to paid content and subscriptions is a remix many are anticipating. Not knowing what to expect is part of the excitement.

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UnitedMasters' $70 Mil Play To Manage Music Data Better

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UnitedMasters' $70 Mil Play To Manage Music Data Better

Savvy tech capital invests in Steve Stoute's insights on music marketing

GRAMMYs/Nov 17, 2017 - 03:03 am

Messaging mastermind Steve Stoute has reformed his successful ad agency Translation so that it now exists within a holding company, side-by-side with his newest venture — UnitedMasters. Announced Nov. 15, this artist services company thinks it can do a better job of using consumer data to help artists grow their fanbase and help brands jump into win-win sponsorships.

In a post on Medium, UnitedMasters Chief Product Officer Jack Krawczyk describes how the company is set to bridge the "music data chasm." The UnitedMasters team believes that data insights "have been hamstrung by a world where the data is being overlooked in favor of pushing people to pay for a subscription."

This is an idea Google Founder Larry Page wants to get behind, as he pushed for parent company Alphabet to come into UnitedMasters' investor group, committing a total of $70 million alongside venture capital giant Andreesen Horowitz and 21st Century Fox.

Stoute is confident his insider perspective on music artists, fans and businesses can deliver better data insights for artists that are more actionable than competing services. Success could also give artists a stronger hand on their revenues, their marketing and how storytelling can combine these for a win-win.

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