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Detroit, Michigan, United States

Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album

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BeBe & CeCe Winans, BeBe Winans, Vickie Winans, Pop Winans

BeBe & CeCe Winans, Marvin Winans, BeBe Winans, Ronald Winans, Carvin Winans

The Winans, Pop Winans, Vickie Winans, Deborah Joy Winans, Angie & Debbie

The Winans family is an American family of gospel music artists from Detroit, Michigan.


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Family members

A four Winans Family Members wearing a blue striped coat and pants, blue long sleeves, and necktie

  • David "Pop" Winans, Sr. (father; b. April 20, 1934 – d. April 8, 2009)
  • Delores "Mom" Winans (mother)
  • David Winans II. (oldest, sibling #1)–(b. September 24, 1954); married to Deborah Ann Coduto-Winans II (b. August 23, 1956; d. December 2007). Children: daughter, Seven Simone Winans.
  • Ronald Winans (sibling #2) (d. June 17, 2005)
  • Carvin Winans (sibling #3 twin)–(March 5, 1958); Married to Chérie Winans; Children: Carvin Jr, Juan, Deborah Joy, Ian; Shanniah and Laylah from 2nd Marriage
  • Marvin Winans (sibling #4 twin)–(March 5, 1958); was married to Vickie; children: Marvin Jr; Mario (stepson) Josiah Winans
  • Michael Winans (sibling #5) married to Regina; children: Mike (Michael Jr); LaShay
  • Daniel Winans (sibling #6) (b. July 22, 1961) married to Sybil; children: Daniel Jr; Jeremy; Kacy
  • Benjamin "BeBe" Winans (sibling #7) married: Debra Johnson; Children: Miya D. Winans and Benjamin Winans Jr.
  • Priscilla "CeCe" Winans (sibling #8) married: Alvin Love Jr; children: Ashley; Alvin Love III.
  • Angelique Winans-Caldwell (sibling #9) (b. March 4, 1968) – married: Cedric Caldwell; Children: Ryan, Jalon and Jade
  • Debra Renee Winans-Lowe (sibling #10)(b. September 3, 1972) – married: James Lowe; Children: James Jr., Jayson and Jackson
  • Mom and Pop Winans

    Winans family smiling all together

    Delores and David Winans recorded together as "Mom and Pop Winans" and separately at various times as "Mom", "Pop", "David" or "Delores". They received a Grammy nomination for their CD "Mom & Pop Winans" in 1989. Delores is currently signed to daughter CeCe's label PureSprings Gospel. Delores and David met while in the Lucille Lemon Choir conducted by James Cleveland. They organized yearly Christmas concerts at Mercy Hall in which their ten children participated.

    The Winans

    Winans family

    Brothers Ronald, Marvin, Carvin, and Michael Winans (the second, third, fourth and fifth siblings) are known professionally as The Winans. They were discovered by Andrae Crouch, who signed them to Light Records. Their first record, Introducing The Winans was produced in 1981. Their style was noted for its crossover efforts and received airplay on R&B radio. The group's last recording was in 1995, but they have subsequently been involved in various Winans family projects where they are credited as "The Winans" (e.g. November 2000's Christmas: Our Gifts To You).

    David Winans II

    The Winans Family laughing with Cornelius Henderson

    David Winans II is an instrumentalist; first as bassist for "The Winanaires", the earliest version of the Winans as a gospel quartet, before they became "The Testimonial Singers". While they were the "Testimonial Singers", David switched to guitars. After the change to "The Winans", David continued to play guitar under the production of Bill Maxwell, and then Quincy Jones' label Qwest records for the Grammy award-winning "Let My People Go" album. David also has solo Christian rock projects, Xairia, DWP, and more recently, David Winans' pi. He was married to Deborah Ann Coduto Winans (she died due to illness in 2007) and has a daughter, Seven Simone.

    Ron Winans Family & Friends

    In addition to his involvement with The Winans, Ron released a solo album in the late 1980s on the EMI Gospel label, and recorded a series of five CDs, Ron Winans Family & Friends). He also co-founded, with Gladys Knight, the Gladys and Ron's Chicken & Waffles restaurant chain. Ronald Winans died in 2005.

    Carvin Winans

    In 2002, Carvin performed on a sold out world tour with the Winans family in front of millions of fans which closed out in Detroit at the Fox Theatre. In October 2007 he was inducted in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Nashville Tennessee along with his brothers. On June 18, 2008 Carvin received the President’s Merit Award from the Recording Academy in recognition of his extraordinary gifts as a passionate singer, performer, expressive communicator, and pioneer of contemporary gospel music. He has 5 Grammy's and 3 Gold Records, several NAACP Awards and Soul Train Awards after 30 years in the business. Working with such greats as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston, Peabo Bryson, Kenny Loggins, Brian McKnight, Michael McDonald and Anita Baker, just to name a few. In 2014, he continues to write songs and is set to release a new album with his brothers Marvin and Bebe who have formed a new group "3 Winans Brothers".

    Marvin Winans

    Marvin Winans has focused on work as the pastor of Perfecting Church in Detroit, where he continues to record albums with the church's choir, under the name Marvin Winans and the Perfected Praise Choir. Marvin, along with Delores ("Mom") and nephew Alvin Love III (sister CeCe's son), signed to CeCe's record label PureSprings Gospel. PureSprings Gospel released Marvin's album Alone But Not Alone in September 2007. He has also founded the Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts, which opened in 1997.

    Michael and Regina Winans

    Michael Winans has performed and released several recordings with wife Regina, including the independent album Be Yourself. The album featured background vocals provided by their children Mike (Michael Jr) and LaShay. Their third CD was released in January 2008.

    Daniel Winans

    Born in Detroit, Michigan, Daniel Winans is the sixth sibling of one of the most renowned Gospel singing families – The Winans. Daniel has gone on to win his own Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus and is a three-time Grammy nominee. He has toured, of course, with the legendary Winans family – widely recognized as the First Family of Gospel to the USA. Daniel is a highly sought after performer who shares his music at some of the largest and most vibrant churches in America.

    Daniel sang for Whitney Houston on her wedding day when she married Bobby Brown on July 18, 1992, and is well received in Africa, Europe, and many other places abroad. One of his favorite and repeated events of ministry is "Gathering of Champions" at Kingsway International Christian Center located in London, England.

  • 1987: Daniel & Second Half
  • 1989: Brotherly Love (won Grammy for the title cut)
  • 1991: My Point of View
  • 1994: Not in My House
  • 2011: First Love; guest appearance by Andrae’ Crouch on the remake of Crouch's "Jesus Is The Answer"
  • 2014: Family (Danz Music Productions/BMI/BMG teams up with MCRi Music Distribution)
  • BeBe & CeCe Winans

    Youngest brother and seventh sibling Benjamin (BeBe Winans) recorded with younger sister and eighth sibling Priscilla (CeCe Winans) as BeBe & CeCe Winans. Both subsequently recorded as solo acts, and have established solo careers. CeCe has also founded the PureSprings Gospel label, which has signed a number of artists, including family members: Delores ("Mom") Winans, Marvin Winans, and CeCe's son (with Alvin Love Jr), Alvin Love III.

    Angie and Debbie Winans

    Sisters Angie and Debbie Winans are the ninth and tenth of the siblings, and are the youngest members of the family. In 1990 they co-wrote and performed a smoothjazz song called "Be With You" for GospelJazz pioneer, Ben Tankard on his "Keynote Speaker" album. The song went #1 on secular radio. Their first album entitled "Angie and Debbie" was released in 1993 on Capitol Records. It included "Light of Love", which featured pop diva Whitney Houston on background vocals. Stephanie Mills was also featured on background vocals on the song "Father, Father". Their second album entitled Bold (1997) contained the song "Not Natural", a song denouncing homosexuality. This led to protests by GLAAD. Angie Winans released a solo project in 2001 entitled Melodies of My Heart. Debbie Winans later released a children's album.

    Winans Phase 2

    Winans Phase 2 (also frequently referred to as Winans Phase II) was formed in 1998 and recorded on Myrrh Records. It consists of Marvin Winans Jr., Carvin Winans Jr., Michael Winans Jr., and Juan Winans, (son of Carvin, Sr.). Marvin Jr. started a production company called M2 Entertainment and produced songs for his mother Vickie Winans' album Woman To Woman. He also released a solo album entitled Image of a Man. They released one album in 1999 called We Got Next. Michael Winans Jr. signed with Sean "Diddy" Combs, writing and producing for some of the biggest artists (Chris Brown, New Edition, Case, Michelle Williams, Mario Winans, Danity Kane and Diddy himself). He was scheduled to release his upcoming album entitled "My Own Genre" March 1, 2011.

    3 Winans Brothers

    3 Winans Brothers is a Winans brothers supergroup formed in 2013 with Carvin Winans, Marvin Winans, and BeBe Winans. September 2013, the lead single from the upcoming album "If God Be For Us" was released worldwide. The second single "Move In Me" was released July 2, 2014. Leading up to the debut album release of Foreign Land September 30, 2014 on Entertainment One Music/BMG/Regimen Records. On October 14, 2014 the album debuted #2 on Billboard Top 10 Gospel Charts.

    Vickie Winans

    Vickie Winans is the former wife of Marvin and a solo artist. She was also raised in a musical family in Detroit. Her debut solo album in 1987 was entitled Be Encouraged.

    Mario Winans

    Mario Winans is a solo R&B artist. He debuted in 1997 and had a Billboard number one album in 2004. He is the son of Vickie Winans and Ronald Brown, and took the Winans name after Vickie married Marvin Winans in the late 1970s.

    Marvin Winans Jr

    Marvin Winans Jr, like his brother, is a solo gospel artist. He is the son of Vickie Winans and Marvin Winans.

    Juan Winans

    Juan Winans is a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter. He has written for Warryn Campbell, George Huff, Joe, Lalah Hathaway, and Tyler Perry.


    On December 24, 1990, the family appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Family members on the show included Ronald, Carvin, Marvin, and Michael (as "The Winans"), BeBe & CeCe (as a duo), Vickie, Mom and Pop, Daniel, David, Angie, and Debbie.


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