“BeBe” Winans is an American gospel and R&B singer. He is a member of the noted Winans family, most members of which are also gospel artists.
Born September 17, 1962 as Benjamin Winans, BeBe In 1989, won his first Grammy for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male for his contribution to “Abundant Life”, a track on his brother Ronald’s Family & Friends Choir.
BeBe signed with Atlantic records and delivered a self-titled solo debut in 1997. The album featured the singles “In Harms’ Way”, “Thank You”, and the international crossover hit “I Wanna Be the Only One” featuring British soul trio Eternal. The song topped the UK Singles Chart in Eternal’s native United Kingdom in May 1997.
The next album released was the fruit of a new deal with Motown Records. Love & Freedom was released in 2000 and featured production from Warryn Campbell, Brian McKnight,Masters At Work and others. The lead single “Coming Back Home” was a slow swinging ballad featuring R&B luminaries Brian McKnight and Joe. Another single was BeBe’s remake of the Stevie Wonder classic “Jesus Children of America” featuring his older brother Marvin (The Winans, Winans family) and Stevie Wonder himself.
Two years later, a live album Live & Up Close followed. The album was recorded live at BET studios and featured guests such as his sister Debra Winans-Lowe and Stephanie Mills. The set was released on both CD & DVD. The CD included the studio version of “Do You Know Him?” which served as the album’s first single.
Winans was one of the judges for a gospel music competition show on BET called Sunday Best, along with gospel duo Mary Mary. He was invited to participate in the remake of “We Are The World” to benefit Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Bebe together with Cece and Mary Mary featuring the West Angeles Choir performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
In 2012, Winans released The Whitney I Knew, a memoir about Whitney Houston, who had died earlier that year. Winans was a close friend of the singer, and sang at her funeral.