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The Winans are a group of four brothers from a Gospel Music dynasty. The late David Winans Sr. and Delores Ransom Winans parented ten musically-inclined children: David Winans Jr., the late Ronald Winans, twins Marvin Winans Sr. and Carvin Winans, Michael Winans, Daniel Winans, Bebe Winans, Cece Winans, Debbie Winans, and Angie Winans.
Ronald, Marvin, Carvin, and Michael are the members of this legendary Contemporary Gospel Music Quartet.
The Winans appeared on the music scene in 1981 with their debut release entitled Introducing The Winans, which was produced by Bill Maxwell and Andrae Crouch. The single entitled The Question Is set the tone for this new era in Gospel Music. The Winans wrote and sang songs that demonstrated their close, personal relationship with God, which was very fresh and new for audiences both inside and outside of the church.
Introducing The Winans (Album) was nominated for the 1981 Grammy in the category of Best Soul Gospel Performance, Contemporary.
In 1983, Long Time Comin’ was released to rave reviews. The first track on this release is entitled If Ever I Fall, which discusses the concept of God being with His children in the event of a fall from His Grace; however, it is better know that His children do not have to fall at all because of God’s power of salvation. This was a revolutionary concept that empowered many new Christians, such as , myself.
Long Time Comin’ (Album) was nominated for the 1983 Grammy in the category of Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo Or Group.
In 1984, The Winans released the highly anticipated album entitled Tomorrow. The title song is an evangelistic masterpiece that challenges the sinner to choose the Lord, for tomorrow very well may be too late. This album enabled The Winans to cross over to secular radio stations with these honestly written songs.
Tomorrow (Album) won the 1985 Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo, Group, Choir Or Chorus.
In 1985, The Winans left Light Records to sign with Quincy Jones’ label entitled Qwest Records. The first single released on this new label was the Let My People Go (Specially-Priced Maxi-Single). The Winans joined the roster of artists, with this song, that challenged the South African Government to end their oppressive system.
Shortly after the mega-success of the Specially-Priced Maxi-Single, the album Let My People Go was released and embraced by audiences inside and outside of the church. The first track on the album was a huge surprise for listeners, which is entitled Choose Ye (with Vanessa Bell Armstrong). This was a God-ordained paring. Every song on this album opened new horizons for Gospel Music. This album was so ground-breaking that it is being used to represent the Gospel Music genre at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.
Let My People Go (Album) won the 1986 Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo, Group, Choir or Chorus.
Choose Ye (with Vanessa Bell Armstrong) was nominated for the 1986 Grammy for Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo, Group, Choir or Chorus.
In 1986, The Winans expanded the boundaries of Gospel Music when they released the mega-hit Ain’t No Need To Worry (with Anita Baker) (Specially-Priced Maxi-Single). Many Gospel Music fans raised their eyebrows and questioned: “Why Anita Baker?” “Why did The Winans not work with any fellow Gospel Music Artists on this project? Regardless of the controversy, audiences embraced this song as new Gospel Music Classic.
Later the same year, The Winans stepped into the Christmas Music area after releasing the mega-hit The Real Meaning Of Christmas (Specially-Priced Maxi-Single). This song challenged the secular icons of the Christmas Season and declared, “The real meaning of Christmas is Christ.”
In 1987, the Decisions was released. This album included an LP version of Ain’t No Need To Worry (with Anita Baker), as well as other ground-breaking songs; such as, Millions and Breaking Of Day. The other mega-hit from this album is a song entitled Love Has No Color (with Michael McDonald), which was another opportunity for The Winans to challenge listener to improve their attitudes towards race and politics.
This notable album yielded two additional singles that crossed over to secular radio entitled, Love Has No Color (with Michael McDonald) (Specially-Priced Maxi-Single) and Give Me You (Specially-Priced Maxi-Single).
Ain’t No Need To Worry (with Anita Baker) won the 1987 Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo, Group, Choir or Chorus.
Decisions (Album) won the 1987 Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo, Group, Choir or Chorus.
In 1988, The Winans released their one and only live recording entitled The Winans: Live At Carnegie Hall. The album contains live versions of all of their hits, as well as depicting the praise and worship experience that was common during their concerts.
The Winans: Live At Carnegie Hall won the 1988 Grammy Award in the category of Best Gospel Performance By A Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus.
In 1990, The Winans pushed the boundaries of Gospel Music, again, with the release of Return. The mega-crossover hit It’s Time (with Teddy Riley). Unfortunately, many Gospel Music Fans decided to boycott this album. However, this album still sold Multi-Platinum Status in spite of the boycott. This album contains other awesome collaborations; such as, Everyday The Same (with Stevie Wonder), A Friend (with Aaron Hall and Damon Hall), and When You Cry (with Kenny G).
Return (Album) was nominated for the 1990 Grammy in the category of Best Soul Gospel Album.
In 1993, The Winans released All Out, which contains the hits It’s Not Heaven If You’re Not There (with Lalah Hathaway) and If He Doesn’t Come Tonight (with Ricky Van Shelton).
All Out (Album) won the Grammy Award in 1993 in the category of Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album.
In 1995, The final album that the original members of The Winans would release is Heart & Soul. This finale album yielded an updated version of The Question Is, which was intelligently crafted with appropriate life references. The other notable tracks on this album are Paradise, Count It All Joy, and Please Believe In Me, which features the powerful lead vocals of the late Ronald Winans.
Heart & Soul (Album) was nominated for the 1996 Grammy in the category of Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album.
The Winans are legends. The Winans are Black History.
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