CeCe Winans brings music of praise to Potter Center

December 13, 2018

Jackson College’s Potter Center will welcome one of the most celebrated singers in contemporary and Gospel music, CeCe Winans, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019.

Award-winning Gospel singer CeCe Winans was born in Detroit, the eighth of 10 children. She began her career with her brother as the duo BeBe & CeCe. Their first album, released in 1987, was the self-titled “BeBe and CeCe Winans,” and initiated a series of five albums. Topping Christian radio charts were “For Always,” “Don’t Cry for Me,” “Count It All Joy,” “I’ll Take You There,” and “Addictive Love.” As a solo artist, she released “Alone In His Presence” which garnered a Grammy Award, and released a duet with Whitney Houston, “Count on Me.” Albums “Everlasting Love,” “His Gift,” and “Alabaster Box” cemented her status as a top-tier Gospel artist. By the end of the 1990s, she had won a handful of gold and platinum record certifications, as well as eight Dove Awards to go with her Grammy.

CeCe entered the following decade with a self-titled album (2001) that concentrated on the adult contemporary and R&B markets. The set also featured a duet with brother Marvin on the stirring “Bring Back the Days of Yea and Nay.” Beginning with “Throne Room,” CeCe focused on worship-oriented albums released through a joint venture between her Pure Springs Gospel label and Epic. “Purified” likewise benefited from this arrangement, after which CeCe moved her label to EMI Gospel for “Thy Kingdom Come” and “Songs of Emotional Healing.” Between the latter two, BeBe and CeCe regrouped on the Malaco label for “Still,” another Grammy winner. Several years passed before CeCe released another album — a period that included a stint as a judge on BET’s singing competition “Gospel Best.” She returned with “Let Them Fall in Love,” on which she was joined by the Clark Sisters and Hezekiah Walker. Recent years have seen a BeBe & CeCe reunion.

Enjoy this evening of favorites from CeCe Winans. Tickets are $45, $40 and $30 and may be purchased by calling 517.796.8600 or going online at www.jccmi.edu/pottercenter.