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Winans

The Winans, a contemporary gospel music group formed by four brothers, from Detroit. The family has additionally produced two well-known solo/duo gospel performers, BeBe and CeCe Winans. After having sung in gospel choirs all their lives brothers Marvin, Carvin, Ronald and Michael Winans, began their professional career in the early ‘80s, following in the footsteps of their siblings BeBe & CeCe but forging their own successful career. The brothers were first discovered by Andraé Crouch, who signed them to Light Records with their first record, Introducing The Winans, released in 1981. The group always stayed close to their gospel roots but created a more urban contemporary sound that drew mainstream attention from leading R&B artists such as Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Anita Baker and Michael McDonald and resulting in their signing a record deal with Quincy Jones’ label Qwest Albums in the early ‘90s. After two successful R&B charting albums All Out and Return, which featured the hit single “It’s Time” which was produced by Teddy Riley (who also rapped on the song). In 1995 the Winans returned to their trademark gospel with Heart & Soul. The group took a break after this album to pursue personal endeavors and reunited in 2000 to release a holiday album, Christmas: Our Gifts to You. In 2002, Rhino Records released The Very Best of The Winans and the whole Winans family, not just the group itself, went on tour together making it the first time in a decade all the family members had performed together.

 

Induction Year

2007

 

Formation

Early 1980s

 

Members

Marvin Winans

Carvin Winans

Ronald Winans

Michael Winans

 

Influences

Andrae’ Crouch

 

Record Labels

Light Records

Qwest Albums

 

Discography

1981 – Introducing the Winans Light Records

1983 – Long Time Comin’    Light Records

1984 – Tomorrow   Light Records

1985 – Let My People Go Qwest/Warner Bros. Records

1987 – Decisions Qwest/Warner Bros. Records

1988 – Live at Carnegie Hall Qwest/Warner Bros. Records

1990 – Return    Qwest/Warner Bros. Records

1993 – All Out    Qwest/Warner Bros. Records

1995 – Heart & Soul Qwest/Warner Bros. Records

2000 – Christmas: Our Gift to You Diamante Records

 

Compilation Projects

1990 – The Best of the Winans Light Records

1995 – The Light Years Light Records

2002 – Legends of Gospel Light Records

2002 – The Very Best of the Winans Rhino

2003 – Great Family of Gospel EMI Gospel

2004 – Gospel Greats Flashback Rhino

2005 – The Definitive Original Greatest Hits Artemis Gospel

2008 – Gospel Legacy Light Records

 

Video

The Winans singing “A Friend”