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Critically acclaimed inspirational, R&B, and gospel vocalist BEBE WINANS is best known as part of the celebrated Winans family. Similar to the Jackson family’s impact on pop music, and the Carter and Cash families’ history with country, the Winans family is truly gospel music royalty. Also an award-winning songwriter and producer, BeBe Winans has achieved notoriety both as part of the hit-making duo BeBe & CeCe Winans and as a solo artist (Still, the long-awaited duet CD and first Bebe & CeCe album in 15 years, is approaching Gold). To date, Winans has been recognized with six Grammys (Three as a Solo Artist; Three with CeCe Winans), including one for co-producing the song “Jesus Loves Me” on Whitney Houston’s soundtrack for the smash-hit film The Bodyguard; ten Dove Awards; six Stellar Awards, three NAACP Awards; and one Soul Train Music Award. He is a featured performer of the stage (Broadway Production of “Oprah Winfrey Presents The Color Purple”) and screen (2004’s The Manchurian Candidate), and hosts the weekly Sirius XM radio show The BeBe Experience. On October 20, 2011, BeBe and CeCe Winans were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; they are the first brother/sister duo to be given this honor.
Winans takes his artistic gifts to the next level with an uplifting new collection of patriotic songs, America America, a celebration of the heritage and history that we all share. The new album was released on Razor & Tie on June 19, 2012.
“The inspiration for America America is the time we are living in,” he explains. “Sometimes, we forget that we are all Americans. At sporting events, when the national anthem is sung, everyone stands – black, white, rich, poor – everyone.”
The cherished “Star Spangled Banner” brings up poignant memories of his dear friend and frequent musical collaborator, the late Whitney Houston. She spoke with Winans about the revered anthem prior to performing a game-changing rendition of it before the 1991 Super Bowl XXV. He spoke with her again about the highly regarded hymn before recording his version for America America.
He was actually working on another album when the idea for America America came to him, motivated by the challenges Americans from all walks of life are facing on a daily basis. “I have seen the power of music,” Winans says. “I want the nation to heal through this music. When our country is united, we find the path to success.”