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|The Winans Family|
|The Winans Family|
Delores and David Winans recorded together as "Mom and Pop Winans" and separately at various times as "Mom", "Pop", "David" or "Delores". They received a Grammy nomination for their CD "Mom & Pop Winans" in 1989. Delores is currently signed to daughter CeCe's label PureSprings Gospel. Delores and David met while in the Lucille Lemon Choir conducted by James Cleveland. They organized yearly Christmas concerts at Mercy Hall in which their ten children participated.
Brothers Ronald, Marvin, Carvin, and Michael Winans (the second, third, fourth and fifth siblings) grew up in Detroit, Michigan and were discovered by Andrae Crouch, who signed them to Light Records. Their first record, Introducing The Winans was produced in 1981. Their style was noted for its crossover efforts and received airplay on R&B radio. The group's last recording was in 1995, but they have subsequently been involved in various Winans family projects where they are credited as "The Winans" (e.g. November 2000's Christmas: Our Gifts To You).
He is an instrumentalist; first as bassist for "The Winanaires", the earliest version of the Winans as a gospel quartet, before they became "The Testimonial Singers". While they were the "Testimonial Singers", David switched to guitars. After the change to "The Winans", David continued to play guitar under the production of Bill Maxwell, and then Quincy Jones' label Qwest records for the Grammy award winning "Let My People Go" album. David also has solo Christian rock projects, Xairia, DWP, and more recently, David Winans' pi. He was married to Deborah Ann Coduto Winans (she died due to illness in 2007) and has a daughter, Seven Simone.
In addition to his involvement with The Winans, Ron released a solo album in the late 1980s on the EMI Gospel label, and recorded a series of five CDs, Ron Winans Family & Friends). He also co-founded, with Gladys Knight, the Gladys and Ron's Chicken & Waffles restaurant chain. Ronald Winans died in 2005.
In 2002 Carvin performed on a sold out world tour with the Winans family in front of millions of fans which closed out in Detroit at the Fox Theatre. In October 2007 he was inducted in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Nashville Tennessee along with his brothers. On June 18, 2008 Carvin received the President’s Merit Award from the Recording Academy in recognition of his extraordinary gifts as a passionate singer, performer, expressive communicator, and pioneer of contemporary gospel music. In April 2010, Carvin released his first Children’s Book entitled “Conrad Saves Pinger Park”, which has been well received. He has 5 Grammy's and 3 Gold Records, several NAACP Awards and Soul Train Awards after 30 years in the business. Working with such greats as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston, Peabo Bryson, Kenny Loggins, Brian McKnight, Michael McDonald and Anita Baker, just to name a few. In 2013, he continues to write songs and is working on a new release.
Marvin Winans has focused on work as the pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in Detroit, where he continues to record albums with the church's choir, under the name Marvin Winans and the Perfected Praise Choir. Marvin, along with Delores ("Mom") and nephew Alvin Love III (sister CeCe's son), signed to CeCe's record label PureSprings Gospel. PureSprings Gospel released Marvin's album Alone But Not Alone in September 2007. He has also founded the Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts, which opened in 1996.
Michael Winans has performed and released several recordings with wife Regina, including the independent album Be Yourself. The album featured background vocals provided by their children Mike (Michael Jr) and LaShay. Their third CD was released in January 2008.
Daniel Winans (sixth sibling) is also a Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus winning Gospel musician and has produced several albums.
Youngest brother and seventh sibling Benjamin (BeBe Winans) recorded with younger sister and eighth sibling Priscilla (CeCe Winans) as "BeBe & CeCe Winans". Both subsequently recorded as solo acts, and have established solo careers. CeCe has also founded the PureSprings Gospel label, which has signed a number of artists, including family members: Delores ("Mom") Winans, Marvin Winans, and CeCe's son (with Alvin Love Jr), Alvin Love III.
Sisters Angie and Debbie Winans are the ninth and tenth of the siblings, and are the youngest members of the family. In 1990 they co-wrote and performed a smoothjazz song called "Be With You" for GospelJazz pioneer, Ben Tankard on his "Keynote Speaker" album. The song went #1 on secular radio. Their first album entitled "Angie and Debbie" was released in 1993 on Capitol Records. It included "Light of Love", which featured pop diva Whitney Houston on background vocals. Stephanie Mills was also featured on background vocals on the song "Father, Father". Their second album entitled Bold (1997) contained the song "Not Natural", a song denouncing homosexuality. This led to protests by GLAAD. Angie Winans released a solo project in 2001 entitled Melodies of My Heart. Debbie Winans later released a children's album.
Winans Phase 2 (also frequently referred to as Winans Phase II) was formed in 1998 and recorded on Myrrh Records. It consists of Marvin Winans Jr., Carvin Winans Jr., Michael Winans Jr., and Juan Winans, (son of Carvin, Sr.). Marvin Jr. started a production company called M2 Entertainment and produced songs for his mother Vickie Winans' album Woman To Woman. He also released a solo album entitled Image of a Man. They released one album in 1999 called We Got Next. Michael Winans Jr. signed with Sean "Diddy" Combs, writing and producing for some of the biggest artists (Chris Brown, New Edition, Case, Michelle Williams, Mario Winans, Danity Kane and Diddy himself). He is scheduled to release his upcoming album entitled "My Own Genre" March 1, 2011.
Vickie Winans is the former wife of Marvin and a solo artist. She was also raised in a musical family in Detroit. Her debut solo album in 1987 was entitled Be Encouraged.
Mario Winans is a solo R&B artist. He debuted in 1997 and had a Billboard number one album in 2004. He is the son of Vickie Winans and Ronald Brown, and took the Winans name after Vickie married Marvin Winans in the late 1970s.
On December 24, 1990 the Winans family appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Family members on the show included Ronald, Carvin, Marvin, and Michael (as "The Winans"), BeBe & CeCe (as a duo), Vickie, Mom and Pop, Daniel, David, Angie, and Debbie.
Hip-hop artists A Tribe Called Quest mention the family in their track "Buggin Out" from the album The Low End Theory; Phife raps "I float like gravity/ never had a cavity / got more rhymes than the Winans got family".
In the Disney Channel's animated television show The Proud Family TV series, the baby twins were named "BeBe & CeCe."