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Priscilla Marie Winans known now as CeCe Winans, also known as CeCe Love after her marriage to Alvin Love, began her solo career with the Platinum certified album Alone in His Presence. It was released in 1995 and earned her a Grammy Award and two Dove Awards, including the Female Vocalist of the Year, an award she earned again in 1997. Winans' next release, the Gold certified Everlasting Love was released in 1998 and featured Winans highest seller and hit to date accordingt to Billboard magazine charting of solo singles "Well Alright" and "Slippin". The song "On That Day" from the album was written and produced by R&B singer Lauryn Hill. Later that year, Winans released "His Gift" a holiday album.
It was four years later, Winans started her own recording company, "PureSprings Gospel". Her first album on the label was Alabaster Box in 1999. Some production of the disc was done by Gospel singer and musician, Fred Hammond. It included a guest appearance by the group Take 6. In 2000 Cece released a concert VHS titled Live at the Lambs Theater in New York. The concert contained songs from her previous albums. Winans released her next album, the self-titled CeCe Winans, in 2001. The single "Anybody Wanna Pray" included a guest appearance by GRITS. The second single, "Say A Prayer" crossed over into the CCM.
"Let Them Fall in Love," includes
the sounds of big bands and Motown as well
as tunes aimed at millennials
Winans is back on tour after releasing her latest solo record earlier this spring. It's her first in almost a decade.
The album, "Let Them Fall in Love," includes the sounds of big bands and Motown as well as tunes aimed at millennials - like those who attend Nashville Life Christian Church, the nondenominational congregation she and her husband, Alvin Love II, co-pastor in Tennessee.
CeCe was a good friend of R&B and Pop diva Whitney Houston and godmother to Bobbi Kristina Brown. She performed "Don't Cry for Me" and "Jesus Loves Me" at Houston's funeral, at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey in 2012.
Winans has written three books: On A Positive Note, a collection of her memoirs released August 1, 2000; and Throne Room: Ushered Into the Presence of God, a devotional released January 1, 2004 and co-authored with Claire Cloninger. Always Sisters: Becoming the Princess You Were Created to Be, released in July of 2007 and co-written with Claudia Mair Burney.
The Gospel music superstar has sold over 12 million records worldwide and won ten Grammy Awards. Winans is the best-selling female gospel artist of all time, as of 2015.