2007 Inductees

The Winans

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The Winans, a contemporary gospel music group formed by four brothers, from Detroit. The family has additionally produced two well-known solo/duo gospel performers, BeBe and CeCe Winans. After having sung in gospel choirs all their lives brothers Marvin, Carvin, Ronald and Michael Winans, began their professional career in the early ‘80s, following in the footsteps of their siblings BeBe & CeCe but forging their own successful career. The brothers were first discovered by Andraé Crouch, who signed them to Light Records with their first record, Introducing The Winans, released in 1981. The group always stayed close to their gospel roots but created a more urban contemporary sound that drew mainstream attention from leading R&B artists such as Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Anita Baker and Michael McDonald and resulting in their signing a record deal with Quincy Jones’ label Qwest Albums in the early ‘90s. After two successful R&B charting albums All Out and Return, which featured the hit single “It’s Time” which was produced by Teddy Riley (who also rapped on the song). In 1995 the Winans returned to their trademark gospel with Heart & Soul. The group took a break after this album to pursue personal endeavors and reunited in 2000 to release a holiday album, Christmas: Our Gifts to You. In 2002, Rhino Records released The Very Best of The Winans and the whole Winans family, not just the group itself, went on tour together making it the first time in a decade all the family members had performed together.

Induction Year
2007

Formation
Early 1980s

Members
Marvin Winans
Carvin Winans
Ronald Winans
Michael Winans

Influences
Andrae’ Crouch

Record Labels
Light Records
Qwest Albums

Discography
1981 – Introducing the Winans Light Records
1983 – Long Time Comin’  Light Records
1984 – Tomorrow   Light Records
1985 – Let My People Go Qwest/Warner Bros. Records
1987 – Decisions Qwest/Warner Bros. Records
1988 – Live at Carnegie Hall Qwest/Warner Bros. Records
1990 – Return    Qwest/Warner Bros. Records
1993 – All Out    Qwest/Warner Bros. Records
1995 – Heart & Soul Qwest/Warner Bros. Records
2000 – Christmas: Our Gift to You Diamante Records

Compilation Projects
1990 – The Best of the Winans Light Records
1995 – The Light Years Light Records
2002 – Legends of Gospel Light Records
2002 – The Very Best of the Winans Rhino
2003 – Great Family of Gospel EMI Gospel
2004 – Gospel Greats Flashback Rhino
2005 – The Definitive Original Greatest Hits Artemis Gospel
2008 – Gospel Legacy Light Records

Video
The Winans singing “A Friend”