During Black History Month, Fitz is saluting gospel royal families. This week he traced the family tree of gospel legends the Winans.
The Winans | Andraé and Sandra Crouch
Mention the Winans name and you probably first think of Mario Winans.
But the name has a huge legacy within gospel music. Raised in Detroit, the “motor city” that gave us Motown as well as soul legend Aretha Franklin, David “Pop” Winans & Delores “Mom” Winans raised their 10 children around the piano.
Marvin, Carvin, Michael & the late Ronald Winans came onto the scene in 1981 with their debut album “Introducing the Winans”, which was an an instant hit and included the song “The Question Is”. They became immediately known for their smooth harmonies and a modern soulful sound that crowds just loved. All in all they have made 11 albums over a 14 year period.
The Winans quartet are 4 of 10 children born to David “Pop” Winans & Delores “Mom” Winans. Other brothers include David Jr, Daniel & Benjamin “Bebe” Winans. That leaves three sisters Angelique (Angie), Debra (Debbie) & Prescilla “Cece” Winans.
In the mid - late 80’s brother Bebe & sister Cece formed a partnership that carried on the Winans mantle through the release of 6 albums. Their most popular track was "Addictive Love" back in 1991, which is still an anthem for many soul heads. Angie & Debbie plus Daniel Winans also got in on the act by releasing their own albums. The story doesn’t end there as the children released a project back in 1999. Winans Phase II put out a slammin’ album called “We Got Next” which featured production from Darkchild.
Without doubt the Winans family have truly changed the face of gospel by bridging the gap between the traditional & contemporary.
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| Andraé and Sandra Crouch
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