As I continue to celebrate Black Music Month, I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight a staple in Black heritage: gospel music. Of the many artists out there, The Winans are one of my favorites.
The Winans: The Definitive Original Greatest Hits is a great introduction to a powerhouse clan. It is a 2 disc set which chronicles the greatest hits of the illustrious and celebrated career of the group of brothers from Detroit. The Winans refers to the brothers who sang together for over 30 years, not the dynamic bother and sister duo of the family known as Bebe and Cece Winans. Marvin, Carvin, Ronald, Michael, an Daniel performed together as a group for over 30 years. The youngest duo, Angie and Debbie, also recorded albums. Elder sister, Vickie Winans, is a solo artist. And of course, Mom and Pop Winans started it all by raising the family in church where singing was the way they expressed their love for God. Collectively, The Winans Family has earned 31 Grammys.
Disc one offers early hits like “Tomorrow”, “The Question Is” and the melodic “Everything You Touch Is A Song”. All three songs start the CD off slow, which gives you a chance to absorb the wonderful harmonies and listen intently to Carvin’s high pitched plea:
‘Tomorrow, who promised you tomorrow
Won’t you choose the Lord Toooo-day? (in his highest falsetto)
Your tomorrow could very well begin today.’
The tempo picks up a bit in disc two with toe tapping offerings like
“Fallow Ground”, “Don’t Be Deceived”, and “Restoration”. Though sung with conviction and purpose, the music comes across as uplifting and non-preachy. This is truly gospel in every sense of the word. Theses songs will lift your soul and lighten your mood. At least that’s what they do of me.
If you are in the mood to explore more gospel greats you may be interested in listening to The Clark Sisters or try The Hawkins Family. You will be glad you did!
Pros: the music is inspirational
Cons: not all Winans songs are included in this collection