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BEBE AND CECE WINANS
“Still” is BeBe and CeCe’s first album in more than 15 years and is the reunion that has been on the lips of fans around the world since it was announced earlier this year. Since the their self-titled debut album in 1987, this chart-topping brother and sister duo topped the R&B and inspirational charts with their debut single, “I.O.U. Me,” and generated Grammy nominations and Dove and Stellar Gospel Awards. BeBe and CeCe were the first African-American artists to receive significant airplay on CCM radio stations and the second African-American artists to receive the Dove Award in the Group of the Year category.
Premiering 12 new BeBe and CeCe classics, “Still” includes the album’s recently released lead single, “Close to You” which has received critical acclaim and success for its soul-stirring, smooth sound and pristine vocals. The video for the single was recently launched on Yahoo and can be viewed by logging onto http://new.music.yahoo.com/videos. Other tracks on the CD include the heart wrenching “Grace,” “Things” (featuring brother Marvin Winans), “Let It Be” (featuring Mary Mary) and “I Found Love” (Cindy’s Song) which is destined to be the wedding song of the year.
With assistance from longtime producer and collaborator Keith Thomas, along with Warryn Campbell, Percy Bady, Peter Zizzo, Merv Warren and Mario Winans, BeBe and CeCe weave their love for God in a faith-fueled gospel sound that combines a tuneful blend of R&B, pop, soul, jazz and more.
Growing up in Detroit, Mich., Benjamin “BeBe” Winans and Priscilla “CeCe” Winans were born into a home that birthed the first family of gospel music. The Winans family was led by a mother and father who taught their 10 children the foundations of a godly life and admonished them to use their voices for the glory of God. The success of their four brothers, The Winans, blazed a trail for BeBe and CeCe to create their own path of writing and performing music that would attract a legion of fans and change the face of gospel music forever.
After the success of their debut album, BeBe and CeCe became the first gospel pair to see their second album, “Heaven,” reach No. 1 on the Billboard sales charts in 1988 and also be certified gold. The title track reached No. 12 on the Billboard R&B singles chart and also spawned two more hit singles with “Lost Without You” and “Celebrate New Life.”
In 1991, the dynamic duo released “Different Lifestyles” featuring the single “Addictive Love” and a cover of the Staples Singers classic, “I’ll Take You There.” Both singles topped the R&B charts. From there, BeBe and CeCe released two more albums and after an amazing run of smash hits and albums, BeBe and CeCe went on to pursue incredibly successful solo careers.
With a phenomenal career that has spanned more than 20 years, BeBe and CeCe have become one of the most commercially successful gospel artists in the business.
As a duo their accolades include five Grammy Awards, eight Dove Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, one Soul Train Award and over a dozen Stellar Awards. They have also racked up 12 chart topping R&B singles, as well as numerous No. 1 singles on Christian AC and CHR radio, three gold albums and one platinum album.
In conjunction with the release of “Still,” the reunion tour will criss-cross the country later this year.
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