Cece Winans Biography
Cece Winans (born; Priscilla Marie Winans Love) is an American gospel singer, author, philanthropist and businesswoman born on 8th October 1964 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. As of 2015 she was a best-selling female gospel artist of all time with 12 Grammy Awards.
Cece is a member of the Winans family, who are deemed as gospel royalty. Her brothers hit the music scene in the 1980s. After The Winans achieved massive success Cece and her brother Bebe released their first project achieving critical and commercial success in gospel, r&b, and contemporary Christian music.
In 1985 Cece released her first solo album ‘Alone in His Presence’ which earned her a a Grammy Award and two Dove Awards, including the Female Vocalist of the Year. In 1998 she released her second album ‘Everlasting Love’ which featured her highest to date Billboard charting solo singles “Well Alright” and “Slippin”.
Cece started her own recording company ‘PureSprings Gospel’ in 1999, releasing her first album, ‘Alabaster Box’ on the label in 1999. In 2001 she released her self titled album ‘Cece Winams’. The single “Anybody Wanna Pray” included a guest appearance by GRITS.
Cece Winans Age
Cece was born on October 8, 1964 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S (54 years as of 2018)
Cece Winans Family
Cece Winans Parents
Cece’s family is known as the Winans family which composes of gospel music artists from Detroit, Michigan. Their parents are David “Pop” Winans Sr. (April 20, 1934 – 8, April 2009) and Delores Winans.
Cece Winans Siblings
BeBe Winans, Marvin Winans, Ronald Winans, Angelique Winans-Caldwell, Daniel Winans, Debra Renee Winans-Lowe, Carvin Winans, Michael Winans and David Winans Jr.
Bebe and Cece Winans
Bebe and Cebe are siblings, they are the seventh and eighth of the Winans family,. They are an American gospel music duo and together have received they have received several awards including three Grammys.
They debuted in 1982 as part of the singing group The PTL Singers on the Christian television show The PTL Club. They recorded their first album,’Lord Lift Us Up’ as a duo for PTL Records. They left the PTL singers in 1987 to pursue a musical career and were signed by Sparrow Records. Their mainstream debut release was the self-titled album ‘BeBe & CeCe Winans’.
Cece Winans Husband
In 1984 Cece married Alvin Love II who is a pastor at Nashville Life Church. Alvin is also the personal manager of Cece and the co-founder of their Nashville based recording company PureSprings Gospel as well as the booking and management company CW Entertainment.
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Cece and Love has a huge age difference of 16 years. They took met when Cece was 17 and Love was 33 years at the time through mutual acquaintances.
“I met Alvin while bowling, but we didn’t even talk that night. He was cute, but my mind was on singing, not dating.”
Love spent a weekend with the Winans family while they were in South Carolina and sparks began to fly. They courted for a year less than a year before they got married on 23rd June 1984. During an interview with ‘Today’s Christian Women’ in 2008 the couple shared that it took them about 10 years to discover the true meaning of a solid marriage.
“I learned what it meant to love CeCe the way Christ loved the church. Jesus stands by us no matter how stubborn or disobedient we’ve been. We try to go back to that conference every year now. The second time they asked us to share about our marriage, and I cried. I looked back and realized God’s grace in my life—where I’ve come from and what he’s blessed me with in CeCe.” Love said.
“Getting married taught me how selfish I was, It makes you accuse your partner: ‘You did this. You did that.’ It’s not Christlike. But Alvin and I were hearing God’s Word at church and applying it to our lives. Even just ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you is good marriage advice. It boils down to whether you love God more than you love yourself.” Cece said.
Cece Winans Children
Cece has two children a son, Alvin Love III, and a daughter, Ashley Love. Alvin is a songwriter and producer. He won a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance/Song.
Cece Winans Daughter/ Ashley Love Cece Wina
In September 2017 Cece’s daughter Ashley Love got married.
Cece Winans Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $8 million.
Cece Winans Church
In 2011 Cece and her husband love founded ashville Life Church where they both serve as senior pastors. She did an interview in 2017 where she said:
‘I am co-pastoring a church with my husband: Nashville Life Church in Nashville, Tennessee. This year we celebrated our fifth anniversary. And I just released a brand-new album titled Let Them Fall in Love. It’s my first released music in over nine years.
The last five years I’ve been really focused on the church. It’s taken up all of my time and heart and passion. There was a call that my husband and I answered; this was something that we had not planned on doing in our lives. But we’ve been empowered to serve, so we are making disciples. That’s our focus for our church, to make disciples. The majority of the church is Millennials, which is very exciting. It’s a diverse church. You see people from all walks of life and all different ethnic backgrounds. It’s pretty awesome what God is doing. I’m really, really busy these days, but I’m really, really happy. I’m trusting in the Lord. And whenever you lay down your life for him, he always shows up in an immeasurable way.’
Cece Winans Albums
- 2018: Something’s Happening! A Christmas Album
- 1987: BeBe & CeCe Winans
- 1993: First Christmas
- 1995: Alone in His Presence
- 1995: Waiting to Exhale
- 1998: Everlasting Love
- 1999: Alabaster Box
- 2001: CeCe Winans
- 2003: Throne Room
- 2005: Purified
- 2007: Pure Worship (CeCe Winans Presents Pure Worship Performers)
- 2008: We All Are One (Live in Detroit)
- 2008: Thy Kingdom Come
- 2010: Songs Of Emotional Healing
- 2017: Let Them Fall in Love
Cece Winans Songs – Cece Winans Music
- It Wasn’t Easy
- Waging War
- Alabaster Box
- Holy Spirit, Come Fill This Place
- Never Have to Be Alone
- Fill My Cup
- I Surrender All
- Blessed Assurance
- Mercy Said No
- More Than What I Wanted
- Jesus, You’re Beautiful
- He’s Concerned
- He’s Always There
- Alone in His Presence
- How Great Thou Art
- Hallelujah Praise
- His Strength Is Perfect
- Always Sisters
- More Than Just a Friend
- Well, Alright
- The Healing Part
- It’s Gonna Get Better
- Looking Back at You
- Anybody Wanna Pray
- Love of My Heart
- O Thou Most High
- We Welcome You
- Everlasting Love
- He’s Not on His Knees Yet
- Bring Back The Days Of Yea & Nay
- Oh Holy Place
Cece Winans Tour
|29th November 2018||Catholic Church of Divine Mercy, Lagos, Nigeria|
|30th November||Abuja International Conference Centre, Abuja, Nigeria|
|2nd December||Oweri Imo International Conference Centre|
|7th December||‘It’s Christmas’ A Family Musical featuring Cece Winans, Nashville, TN, United States|
|8th December||‘It’s Christmas’ A Family Musical featuring Cece Winans, Nashville, TN, United States|
|15th December||The Clyde Theatre, Fort Wayne, IN, United States|
|21st December||Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore,MD, United States|
|22nd December||New York, United States|
|31st December||KICC Prayer City, Buckmore Park, Chatman, United Kingdom|
|4th January||Morris Cerrulo48th Annual World Conference, Nashville, TN, United States|
|18th January||Prudential Hall, Newark, NJ, US|
|26th Janaury||Jackson Comunity College, Jackson, Michigan, United States|
|8th February||Gallo Centre for the arts , Modestro, CA, US|
|15th February||Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, US|
|16th February||Clark State Performing Arts Centre, Springfield, ON, US|
|28th February 2019||Celebration church, Radiant Conference, Georgetown, TX, US|
|1st March 2019||Radiant Conference, Georgetown, TX, US|
|20th July 2019||Cornegie Hall, New York, U.S|
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Cece Winans Music Interview
Can you start off by telling us what you’re doing with your life these days?
Cece Winans: I am co-pastoring a church with my husband: Nashville Life Church in Nashville, Tennessee. This year we celebrated our fifth anniversary. And I just released a brand-new album titled Let Them Fall in Love. It’s my first released music in over nine years.
The last five years I’ve been really focused on the church. It’s taken up all of my time and heart and passion. There was a call that my husband and I answered; this was something that we had not planned on doing in our lives. But we’ve been empowered to serve, so we are making disciples. That’s our focus for our church, to make disciples. The majority of the church is Millennials, which is very exciting. It’s a diverse church. You see people from all walks of life and all different ethnic backgrounds. It’s pretty awesome what God is doing. I’m really, really busy these days, but I’m really, really happy. I’m trusting in the Lord. And whenever you lay down your life for him, he always shows up in an immeasurable way.
You and your husband are co-pastors; how is your role different from his?
Cece Winans: I’m here to support him 200 percent. I’m focused on making women disciples. And he’s focused on the men. We are an independent church, but we have an advisory board, a directors board, and a board of accountability. He leads, and I help him lead. I’m his support.
We both understand the massiveness of the call, especially on him, at this stage of our lives. God is so faithful because not only are we working together, but my son and daughter are involved as well. We all preach and teach and lead, and God has called us as a family. We’re a priestly family.
What are some of the challenges and joys of co-pastoring with your husband?
Cece Winans: The challenge is just being in such unfamiliar territory. I feel so unqualified. But God equips when he calls. I’ve always believed that. With my singing, I hear better singers every day. But it’s because of my heart and my passion for God that he continues to celebrate me, bless me, and give me a platform for his glory.
When the church thing came along, my husband and I looked each other. We were about to retire. I was going to continue singing until I take my last breath, but I wasn’t going to continue to tour. We were going to chill out. So that’s changed my whole life—timewise, marriage-wise. We have only so many hours in a day, and we have to balance everything. It’s the same answer I gave when I was on the road: you have to prioritize. Our relationship with Jesus is first and foremost. We make sure we keep our devotions with him daily, being in the Word, fasting, all the things it takes to keep myself submitted to the Word of God. Then our relationship with our family. God didn’t call me to win the world to lose my family.
The challenge has been becoming a pastor. Now, after five years, we know we are pastors because we have labored with people. But at the beginning we didn’t see ourselves as pastors. We didn’t feel like we were qualified. But God qualified us through the work. And he changed our hearts. That was probably my biggest challenge, to see myself as God saw me. And to not worry about titles. I know some people don’t feel like women can pastor. We’re just here to please God.
The greatest challenges I hear other pastors going through, I think we have escaped those. Not that we have not gone through them, but we were older. At this age, we have dealt with people already. We’re going to have people get mad or whatever, but we’re too old to be moved by that. I can definitely tell how it would be different if we would have started this in our twenties or even in our thirties, but I’m in my fifties and my husband is in his sixties. So we are like, “God, whatever you want.” We are not here to impress people. We are not here for our motives. We are purely here to serve God and do his work. And that’s pretty awesome. There’s no clutter.
I think that’s why Millennials are being drawn to our church. It’s not based on music. When the word started to get out here, a lot of people thought we would have great music. They’ll come to the church with their guitars and want to get on the music team, and I’m like, “Do you have a relationship with Jesus?” You don’t get on the worship team unless you’re being discipled by somebody, which is awesome. You don’t have a whole lot of people running there when they find that out, but that’s okay.
How is success measured differently in performing versus pastoring? What has this adjustment been like for you?
Cece Winans: They’re the same in one way and different. As an artist, I’ve always wanted to sell records and excel in being successful in the world’s system of music. But my first priority was always to be successful in God’s eyes. And that can look totally different at different times.
When I released my first solo record, Alone in His Presence, the pastor put it on the hold music at our church. A lady called the church and was really upset. The church put her on hold and when they came back, she was calm and knew she was going to be okay. God literally saved a life with that music before it was even out. It went on be successful in other ways, but if that was it, it was worth it.
When you’re building a church, you have to get to know the people. They’re coming from different walks of life, different teaching, addictions, etc. We have to lay down the foundation, understanding who they are and who we are.
We want to multiply the kingdom. We do want thousands and hundreds of thousands of people to be saved. So my prayer is the same: we want to see lives saved and changed. You always have the other part of success, which I think is good success when it’s connected to the right purpose. And that is multiplying and being faithful and doing things in a first-class way. But true success is good success. That’s when you’re teaching the Word of God. You’re living the Word of God. And you are seeing lives changed, being added to the kingdom, being changed into disciples.
What would you say to other women who might be thinking about stepping into pastoral ministry?
Cece Winans: I say go where you’re called to go. Don’t go anywhere if you’re not called. It’s not a career choice to me. It’s a calling, and it’s very serious. Don’t let anybody stop you from answering the call because of tradition or because of what people think. You have to listen to the Word of God and see how it lines up with whatever ministry you feel you’re being called into. Just listen to the Holy Spirit, not yourself, not your ambitions, not your own ideas, not other people’s ideas. Don’t be led by anything but the Holy Spirit.
I want to encourage all the women in leadership. If you’re a mom, you’re in leadership. Leading really just means setting an example that people can follow. We want to look like Christ wherever we are, wherever we’re leading or influencing somebody. That’s what leadership is. You’re in a serious role. And sometimes we forget that. My greatest example is for my children. That is to keep them in love with God and passionate about winning souls for Christ. Being the leader in my home means way more to me than a title of being a pastor or any other title. You’re influencing people, and you want to influence them to do the right thing. So be encouraged. As long as you follow Jesus, you’re going to be a great leader.