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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Cece Winans began her career as part of the duo, Cece and Bebe, a brother-sister team in the gospel music arena. Now, 30 years after her debut, Winans is back with a solo album, “Let Them Fall in Love”, from Pure Springs Gospel.
Produced by Winans’ son, Alvin Love III, and Tommy Sims, the 10-track project is obviously not the first one that Winans has worked on with family members. However, it was a different experience to follow her son’s leadership.
“It was kind of weird for me,” she says. “He was really hard on me. He was a real producer…like, ‘No, that’s not. Do it again.’ After he tortured me maybe on a song (or two), I realized he’s got some ears.”
The vision for the project was very much centred in the gospel music of the 1960s and ’70s.
“Let Them Fall in Love” opens with the gentle testimony of “He’s Never Failed Me Yet.” As the album continues, hints of the Supremes filter through “Run to Him.” 1970s retro stylings are also found throughout “Hey Devil!” (feat. The Clark Sisters). “Peace from God” continues the retro theme, and Winans’ remake of Kris Kristofferson’s “Why Me” is a blast from the past. Winans’ soulful rendition gives the song all the depth it can offer without taking from its original style. Winans follows that up with the exuberant gospel number, “Lowly.”
“Never Have to Be Alone” is a beautiful ballad that complements the project’s final track, “Let Them Fall in Love.”
Of the title track Winans said, “I told my son that it had to be the heartbeat of the album. There’s a lot of different styles and a lot of strong messages on there, but all of them are to bring us to this point. It’s why I came back and recorded another album, to express my heart and my desire that people, young and old, can listen and fall in love with…faith and joy and peace.”
Fans of Winans and folks who just want a taste of retro gospel will truly enjoy this album.
Tracey Evison, a musician and educator on P.E.I., writes this column for The Guardian every second Saturday. She can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.