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The Winans

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Genre: Gospel
Styles: Contemporary Gospel, CCM, Black Gospel, Urban

Group Members: Ron Winans, Carvin Winans, Marvin Winans, Michael Winans

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The Winans ARE pioneers in the field of contemporary gospel, updating the sound and style of traditional black gospel vocal groups for the urban contemporary age. While they weren’t the first group to do so, they were probably the most important factor in popularizing the style, paving the way for countless urban-style gospel groups to follow — including numerous other members of their own, confusingly large family tree. The Winans were composed of brothers Marvin, Carvin, Ronald, and Michael, all of whom were born in Detroit and raised in a strict, loving Christian environment. Their parents later recorded together as Mom & Pop Winans, and their other family spinoff acts included Daniel, Vickie, brother and sister BeBe & CeCe, and Angie & Debbie; plus, their own sons went on to form the third-generation group Winans Phase 2. All of that came later, though. The four brothers, like the rest of their siblings, grew up singing in gospel choirs, and decided to form a professional quartet in their twenties. A mutual friend introduced them to Andraé Crouch, a major force in the contemporization of gospel music, and Crouch signed the Winans to his Light label.

The Winans released their debut album, Introducing the Winans, in 1981, which was produced by Crouch and featured the now-classic cuts “The Question Is” and “Restoration.

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  • tuarpreply

    Am I the only person dying to get the new Mary Mary album “Something Big”??? I love the 1st single off the album “Walking”; I heard it streaming on Mary Mary website the album comes out March 29th!!!

    26 Jan 2011 Reply
  • listenabb

    I was a gospel announcer in NC the winans occupied at least 30mins of my air time every Sun morning on contemporary gospel / listen an be blessed

    1 Dec 2010 Reply