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.