- BeBe & CeCe Winans
Infobox musical artist
Name = BeBe & CeCe Winans
Background = group_or_band
Gospel music, pop, R&B
Years_active = 1982-1996,
Label = PTL, Sparrow, Capitol,
CeCe Winans BeBe Winans The Winans Winans family
Current_members = Benjamin "BeBe" Winans
Priscilla "CeCe" Winans-Love
BeBe & CeCe Winans is an American
Gospel musicbrother and sister duo. BeBe (Benjamin) & CeCe (Priscilla) Winans are the seventh and eighth of "Mom" and "Pop" Winans ten children, most of whom have had successful Gospel music careers.
by their childhood nicknames and recorded their first album "Lord Lift Us Up" as a duo for PTL Records.
BeBe & CeCe Winans (debut album)
BeBe & CeCe left the PTL Singers in 1987 to pursue a musical career and that same year,
Sparrow Recordsoffered the two siblings a Gospel recording contract. Their mainstream debut release was the self-titled album "BeBe & CeCe Winans". It was produced by Keith Thomas, who had at that time also produced Amy Grantand Vanessa L. Williams. The debut record gave them their first R&B hit "I.O.U. Me," topped R&B and inspirational charts and generated Grammy nominations, Dove and Stellar Awards. CeCe also earned a Grammy for "Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female" for the song "For Always."
They were one of the first African American artists to receive significant airplay on CCM radio stations and the second African American artists to receive the
Dove Awardin the Group of the Year category.
They also remained steadily popular with
R&Baudiences as well, spawning 12 R&B hit singles including 2 #1 singles. The pair became the first Gospel artists to see their album reach #1 on the Billboard sales charts in 1988 after the release of their second LP "Heaven". The title track also reached #12 on the Billboard R&B singles chart. [cite web|url=http://www.prayzehymnonline.com/articles_80scountdown.html|title=80's Countdown|publisher=PraiseHymnOnline.com|author=J. Matthew Cobb|date=2007-08-31]
Other hits from the album included "Lost Without You", and "Celebrate Life". [ [http://music.msn.com/artist/?artist=16185971&menu=bio BeBe & CeCe Winans on MSN Music ] ] .
The album reached the R&B Top Ten, went to #95 on the Pop Charts and was certified Gold. [ [http://www.riaa.com RIAA - Recording Industry Association of America - May 29, 2008 ] ]
BeBe & CeCe had their biggest success with the release of their 1991 album "Different Lifestyles" featuring the singles "Addictive Love" and a cover of The Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There" featuring
Mavis Staples. Both singles topped R&B charts. [amg|11:3zfuxqugldte~T1|BeBe & CeCe Winans Biography] Rapper MC Hammeralso made an appearance on the single "The Blood" at the height of his career.
The release of "Lifestyles" was followed by a holiday release titled "First Christmas" in 1993. This album showcased BeBe's production skills and led to him doing production work with
Whitney Houstonon the soundtrack for the movie "" as well as production and writing music for artists such as Gladys Knight, Bobby Brown, The Clark Sistersand his younger sisters, Angie and Debbie Winans.
1994 saw the release of their last studio album "Relationships", featuring the notable singles "If Anything Ever Happened To You," "Love Of My Life," and "Stay With Me." This album conveyed a more personal approach, in CeCe's words: "A lot of people think we're supposed to be perfect, but we're people too, we go through hurt [and] pain. We get songs through experiences and as we reveal these things, people are touched."
As a duo BeBe and CeCe Winans' accolades include 5
Grammy Awards, 8 Dove Awards, 2 NAACP Image awards, a Soul Train award, and over a dozen Stellar Awards, 12 charting R&B singles as well as numerous #1 singles on Christian radio, 3 Gold albums and 1 Platinum album.
In 1996 they officially parted ways to work solo careers and other areas of interest. Both artists have gone on to have successful solo careers, receiving numerous awards and accolades. To date, BeBe has released 6 solo albums, while CeCe has released 8.
BeBe & CeCe Winans have only recorded together twice since 1996; once on "What A Child", a duet from CeCe's Christmas album "His Gift", and once on "Tonight Tonight", a duet from BeBe's 2000 album "Love & Freedom".
CeCe's website has confirmed a reunion album scheduled for an late
2009release. cite web |url=http://www.cecewinans.com |title= CeCe Winans Official Homepage|date=|author=|accessdate=2007-05-23 |work= Puresprings Gospel ] This will be the first full length album by the duo in 13 years.
* "Lord Lift Us Up" (PTL Records, 1984)
* "BeBe & CeCe Winans" (Sparrow/Capitol, 1987)
* "Heaven" (Sparrow/Capitol, 1988)
* "Different Lifestyles" (Sparrow/Capitol, 1991)
* "First Christmas" (Sparrow/Capitol, 1993)
* "Relationships" (Sparrow/Capitol, 1994)
* "Greatest Hits" (Sparrow/EMI, 1996)
* "The Best Of BeBe & CeCe Winans" (Sparrow, 2006)
* "Reunited " (late 2009)
* "Up Where We Belong" (1984)
* "I.O.U. Me" (1987)
* "Love Said Not So" (1987)
* "Call Me" (1987)
* "Heaven" (1988)
* "Celebrate New Life" (1988)
* "Meantime" (1989)
* "Addictive Love" (1991)
* "I'll Take You There" (1991)
* "It's O.K." (1991)
* "Silent Night, Holy Night" (1991) REISSUE
* "The Blood" (1991)
* "Depend On You" (1991)
* "Jingle Bells" (1993)
* "If Anything Ever Happened To You" (1994)
* "Love Of My Life" (1994)
* "Stay With Me" (1995)
* "Feels Like Heaven (With You)" (1996)
* "Celebrate New Life"
* "Addictive Love"
* "I'll Take You There"
* "It's O.K."
* "Jingle Bells"
* "If Anything Ever Happened To You"
* "Love Of My Life"
* "Feels Like Heaven (With You)"
Popular culture influence
* One of the duo's signature songs, "Heaven", was remade by
Destiny's Childmember Michelle Williamsfeaturing Carl Thomason her 2002 Gospel album " Heart to Yours". [amg|10:fnfuxqt0ldde|"Heart To Yours"]
* On the Disney Channel's animated television show "
The Proud Family", the youngest children in the family are twin toddlers named BeBe and CeCe. [cite web|url=http://www.ultimatedisney.com/proudfamilymovie.html|title=The Proud Family Movie DVD Review|publisher=UltimateDisney.com]
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