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 3 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, and 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 "The Question Is" and "Restoration". These are reflective songs, meant to put you in a spiritual mood.
Disc two includes the uptempo hit "Don't Be Deceived". Though sung with conviction and purpose, the song comes across as uplifting and non-preachy.
Disc three includes the melodic "Everything You Touch Is A Song", about how God has touched the singer's life and made a change. This next song, "Tomorrow" is haunting and emotional. It is a plea for the listener to think about making a decision --today. One can't help but 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.'
This is truly gospel in every sense of the word. These songs will lift your spirit and lighten your mood. At least that's what they do for me.
If you are in the mood to explore more gospel greats you may be interested in listening to The Hawkins Family:
You will be glad you did!