The Queen of Gospel, Cece Winans Talks Inspiration, Writing, and What Led Her to Gospel Music
Multi-platinum selling artist and Detroit native Cece Winans is back after a decade hiatus from the music business. From an early age, gospel music was a big part of her life. With both parents being musicians and growing up singing in church, it’s no surprise this would be Winans’s path. Since her first album, “Alone in His Presence,” 12 millions records have been sold, and 10 Grammys won. This makes her the best selling female Gospel singer of all time.
Having a successful music career isn’t the only way she shares her message with people; Winans has also penned three books. The first is a collection of memoirs titled, “On a Positive Note,” followed by a devotional, “Throne Room: Ushered into the Presence of God.” Her third book, “Always Sisters: Becoming the Princess You Were Created to Be,” was released in 2007.
Did you always know music was the path you would take in life?
Definitely, I didn’t know I’d be doing what I’m doing, but I always loved music. Both of my parents were musicians and I grew up in church singing in the choir. Living in Detroit, motown had a big place in my childhood. Music was always there and I enjoyed singing.
What drew you to doing gospel music?
The first reason would probably be the home I grew up in, My mom and dad were both gospel lovers. But I believe there is a calling to sing gospel. It’s more than just entertainment, it carries a message of hope all the time and up lifts people. I think it was the spirit of god that lead me to realize this was what I was meant to do. The message of gospel is what drew me in.
Musically, who has been the biggest influence in your life?
Andrae Crouch was a big inspiration to me. He’s the gospel artist I grew up listening to, people loved his music all around the world. I remember, even way back then, he presented gospel music in a first class way. His productions and performances could stand up next to any genre. I found that a lot of artist outside of gospel really looked up to him too. Andrae Crouch definitely was a big one in my household.
You are the most awarded, best selling gospel singer, that must reaffirming.
It’s a great compliment and I’m honored, but I just do what I do. Even now, I don’t go in thinking about what I’ve done in the past, I look at what I can do in the future. I am honored and humbled by the accomplishments we have made. I hope to do a lot more.
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