Biography Of BeBe Winans – Gospel Artist

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BeBe Winans
BeBe Winans

“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.

By 2003, BeBe had started his own record label, The Movement Group, and partnered with Still Waters, an inspirational and gospel imprint of Hidden Beach Recordings. The first album under this deal was 2004’s largely orchestral holiday album entitled My Christmas Prayer which first appeared exclusively for sale at Starbucks coffee shops nationwide. Between releases, BeBe made his film debut with a small role in the 2004 remake (featuring Denzel Washington) of The Manchurian Candidate.
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President George W. Bush with his arm around Winans as he sings God Bless America during the ‘Saluting Those Who Serve’ event, January 18, 2005.
Early the next year, BeBe released his third proper solo album Dream featuring the single “I Have A Dream”. The song featured samples of the historic speech by Martin Luther King, and was released to several radio stations to coincide with King’s birthday celebrations. The cover of the album features a hand painted portrait of BeBe standing in front of a Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. street sign. Also “Miracle Of Love,” a duet with Angie Stone included on the album, also appeared on a soundtrack of songs inspired by the film The Passion Of The Christ.
Winans hosts his own nationally syndicated radio program, The BeBe Winans Radio Show. BeBe Winans has starred in Broadway’s The Color Purple as Harpo as of January 9, 2008. He is starring alongside Chaka Khan who is playing his wife, Sofia.

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.

Bebe and Cece Winans
Bebe and Cece Winans

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.

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