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The Winans Biography


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Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Years Active: 1980-present
Genres: Gospel


The Winans are an urban-style gospel music quartet from Detroit, Michigan consisting of brothers Marvin Winans, Carvin Winans, Michael Winans and Ronald Winans. The Winans were born into a musical family with generations of gospel singers. The brothers began singing in their local church at an early age. The Winans’ parents also sang and recorded as the duo, Mom & Pop Winans, and sisters BeBe and CeCe are also successful singers in their own right. The brothers’ sons have formed a third generation of Winans singers with the group, “Winans Phase 2.”

The Winans’ debut album, “Introducing The Winans,” arrived in 1981 and helped to popularize gospel music. It spawned the popular hits, “The Question Is” and “Restoration.” The brothers were successful at crossing their music over to R&B audiences, which helped to build a strong and diverse fan base.

The brother’s second album, “Long Time Comin',” arrived in 1983 and peaked in the Top 10 on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart. The album produced the ballad, “Long Time Comin' (Holdin' On).”

1985 saw The Winans’ third album emerge, “Tomorrow,” with the title track earning the group their first Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group. 1986 saw the brothers move to Quincy Jones' label, Qwest, and debut, “Let My People Go,” for the label. The album was a success and featured a duet with Vanessa Bell Armstrong, “Choose Ye.” The album also saw the brothers win their second Grammy Award for the title track, and a Dove Award for Best Contemporary Gospel Group.

In 1987 the group took a musical break after a string of success and returned in 1990 with “Return.” The album was another crossover success for the group, peaking in the Top 10 of Billboard’s R&B Albums chart, and featuring a duet with Stevie Wonder on, “Everyday the Same.”

1993 saw The Winans’ eighth studio album arrive, “All Out,” which featured guest appearances from R. Kelly, Lalah Hathaway, Ricky Van Shelton, and Kenny Loggins. The album went on to win The Winans another Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Album that year.

1995 marked the release of “Heart & Soul,” and a five year hiatus for the brothers, who returned in 2000 with the holiday album, “Christmas: Our Gifts to You.” 2002 saw “The Very Best of the Winans,” which featured the entire Winans.