Cece Winans Biography
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It’s virtually impossible to talk about CeCe Winans without acknowledging her artistic influence on an entire musical genre and the groundbreaking achievements she’s accomplished over the past two decades. Blessed with one of the music industry’s greatest voices, CeCe has crossed all stylistic, social and age barriers with her inspirational delivery and powerful music.
CeCe’s personality, inviting warmth and genuine love for God transcends her music and has earned her millions of loyal fans around the world. Her industry accolades, nearly too numerous to count, include five Grammy Awards, 18 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and several gold and platinum-selling albums. CeCe’s collection of Top Ten R&B radio hits include “Count on Me,” her powerhouse duet with Whitney Houston, from the multi-platinum Waiting to Exhale soundtrack. The multi-format smash single sold 2 million copies and hit the Top Ten on pop, R&B and adult contemporary charts. Her successful music career has also landed her in the national media spotlight with television appearances on “Oprah,” “The Tonight Show,” “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” “Live with Regis & Kathie Lee”, the White House and many more.
Following the release of her critically-acclaimed, gold certified, Grammy-winning 2001 album, self-titled CeCe Winans, CeCe wowed packed out venues across the nation, visiting major markets on a co-billed tour with gospel great Donnie McClurkin, followed later by the crowd-pleasing Winans Family Tour with her celebrated musical family. CeCe donned her acting hat in 2002 for special guest-starring roles on The WB Network’s “7th Heaven” and PAX Television’s “Doc,” continuing to explore new territory in her expanding career.
“It’s always a lot of fun when I get to experiment in different arenas,” CeCe admits. “These were great experiences and gave me the opportunity to meet some incredible people. It’s always humbling to see when doors begin to open and allow you to reach an even broader audience than before.”
And those opportunities continue to grow with the release of CeCe’s brand new CD, Throne Room, her first in a new recording agreement that brings together INO Records and CeCe’s own Wellspring Gospel label with mainstream giant Epic Records, a division of Sony Music (she’s already working on her second project, a pop record, due out in the spring of 2004). Throne Room is a project decidedly personal, encompassing a collection of worship songs CeCe was deeply passionate about recording.
“Worship is probably my favorite kind of music,” CeCe explains. “For some time, I’ve really felt like God was telling me to record a very special project that would encourage people to worship. As I was completing the new record deal with Epic, I told them, ‘I’ve got to do this worship album before I can do anything else.’ It may make no natural sense to do this record right now in my career, but for the past two years I have had confirmation after confirmation that this is absolutely the right time. I know it’s all in God’s timing, and it’s what He wants me to do right now. If you are a worshipper this project will take you there, and if you’re not it will certainly give you peace.”
Produced by Victor and Cedric Caldwell (Whitney Houston), Throne Room offers listeners a full-length CD packed with some of the most captivating and spiritually stirring music of CeCe’s career. From simple, piano-based melodies, lush strings and accompanying sounds of CeCe’s home church choir, the 16 songs cover a range of musical timbres. At the same time, the simple, poignant words paint a powerful picture and communicate a message that is paramount to everything else.
“This album is really transparent,” CeCe admits. “I have changed because of it, and I just want to give people what I know. The times we’re living in are tough, and we’ve got to learn how to worship because that will be our refuge. If we will learn to worship, then we’ll be okay. Worship is not about us – it’s not about our circumstances or about what we need. It’s just about worshipping God for who he is. Period. When we learn how to do that, then we’ll create that atmosphere in which God can work in our lives.”
While CeCe wrote or co-wrote almost every song on the project, Throne Room brought her together with her close friend, gospel legend Andraé Crouch, for the album’s title cut. “God has given Andraé songs like water running out of a faucet,” says CeCe. “When I sat with him at the piano as he began playing the music to ‘Throne Room,’ I just began to cry. I knew it was a song I had to work on with him, so I brought it back home with me and finished it. It expressed precisely what I wanted to say on this album, and it became the title song.”
Another emotionally-charged moment on the album is the Greg Long-penned “Mercy Said No,” a song CeCe says immediately took her back to the miraculous battle for her brother Ronald’s life as he lay on the operating table undergoing heart surgery a few years ago. “We were in that hospital desperately praying for him to come back,” CeCe recalls. “And this song says, ‘Life and death stood face to face, and God said no.’ It’s an incredible song – something everybody needs to hear.”
Whether it’s through the quiet, intimate brush strokes of the worship melodies, or the powerfully delivered inspirational lyrics, CeCe has once again crafted a project that demonstrates the spiritual maturity and growth of an artist who has consistently triumphed as a multi-talented songwriter and performer. She is an ambassador to those who have been touched by her life and her music, while allowing her faith to remain at the forefront of everything she does.
“I’ve got to be who I am,” CeCe declares. “I can’t change who I am. I can’t worship any differently. I have to stay true to myself. I have a love for God – that’s why I keep doing what I’m doing. If it were just about the music, I would have quit a long time ago. It’s got to be about more than that. I thank God for my voice, but I recognize that I can’t do any of this without him. Without him, I would be just another voice singing just another song. I’m just grateful that he’s able to use me.”
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Thirt for you | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/22/13
I Am (Abraham Bassey. Form nigeria) dear cece i remember when i was singing ur song in my dream an i came to realies dat God is working through u to bless soul an since dat night i was bless by ur song my prayer is that God should give u de grace to sing both in heaven ur song is doing wonders in de world keep it on bless u
you inspire me alot | Reviewer: chiness | 3/19/13
you know.cece i just love everything about you mostly your songs.anytym i listen to ur songs i get inspired and i hear songs ringing in my head,what i do is just jut them down.and i also feel joy sumtimes i cry and pray that God should give me the grace to be a minister(worshiper)that will touch souls like you and Donnie McClurkin.please help me and tell God to give me the grace to be a worshiper.God bless u.
Hi | Reviewer: Nana Ama | 2/25/13
Cece you are really great. I love your songs, love to sing them and always try to improve myself like u. I wish u would be my voice couch but am in Ghana. I pray that we'll meet one day. Keep the good work up. God richly bless u CeCe Winans!!!!! Love u
no one | Reviewer: kelvin (zambia) | 10/30/12
i have always wanted 2 have access to cece's contact details but t no avail.plz hw can i get in touch with my favourite artist on the planet? plz cece keep the fire burning i love your music.
you are a chosen one | Reviewer: juliet zander | 9/12/12
Hicece,iwant to be a gospel artist like you cos you inspire me so much and i really want to do a few of my lyrics with you. iam 17years of age and a ghanian also in high school i will graduate next year and ilove you so much GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU
hi cece | Reviewer: Tosin | 8/11/12
i love you song so much that sometimes i feel like crying weneva i listen to them expecially he:s concerned(God is just a prayer away)God will continue to nspire the more ,u are blessed in jesus name
God's Gift | Reviewer: karen christian thomas | 6/5/12
My beloved sister in the lord .God has really used u as an instrument for masses far and near to minister in song and worship ,Ur very talented and blessed.May god continue to strengthen u and Ur ministry.Ur an inspiration inspired by god doing his bidding's.I also worship in my church choir doing my father's bidding's.Thank you
taytayluv40 | Reviewer: shatavia dixon | 5/22/12
Dear cece,i am ten years old and my name is shatavia dixon.I just want you to know that i love your music and i'm doing a biography on you for a class project.Also,i want you to know that last year for my school talent show,i did waging war.Waging war is my favorite song by you.Cece,you inspire me and i look up to you (and GOD). From ur biggest fan shatavia=)
but for grace | Reviewer: blessing | 5/16/12
Cece winans am so much inexperience of the way you are singing and I love your doing, I also prayed that God should use me like the way he has been using you to minister a marvelous song like that.
Thy kingdom come/throne room | Reviewer: saratu | 3/8/12
Cece you are indeed a blessing to this generation. You are my favorite artist and i love you for the passion i see in you that you have for Christ. I love to worship and your songs just simply are the best because they help me in worship and i always fell God's presence when i listen to you sing. I pray that one day i will get to see you
Alabastor box | Reviewer: Abigail Asamoah | 2/16/12
dear Cece i thank God for such a person like you whom people like us look up to as mentors.i love your songs,your voice and you. its my prayer that one day we will get to know each other for you to train me to sing better and win souls for Christ just us you are doing.i am a singer en i sing in the church.i pray you read this personally. thank you.
You are Loved | Reviewer: Success | 1/31/12
This track "You are Loved" has been a source of encouragement to me when am down. Cece, you are indeed sent by GOD, I've learnt to trust ur words in all your track. GOD bless you.
God of Second chance | Reviewer: Timothy | 1/25/12
Dear Cece Winans,
I truely love your closeness to God, i pray,may the good lord give you more strength and keep you alive in Jsues name amen.
please i want you to send me the lyrics of your song track, title: God of Second Chance.
It wasn't easy | Reviewer: Faith OK | 1/12/12
Cece, u re just too much. Wen ever I listen to dis song, (It wasnt easy) it's as if I'm just hearing it for d 1st time. I'm really happy 4 u becos u've made urself available 2 b used by ur maker. God bless u ma. U re beautiful. Keep d light shining.
God bless you | Reviewer: Loveday from nigeria | 1/2/12
Dear Cece, you are my favourite! 'a heart like your's' and 'i promise' are my favourite. wish that one day, i will be able to sing like you. I will be glad to recieve personal correspondence from you. I love you.
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