Tue. Jul. 16, 2019

BeBe & CeCe Winans – Heaven (Heavenly Mix)

Classics: BeBe & CeCe Winans – Heaven (Heavenly Mix) (Capitol)

Heaven… I guess I couldn’t think of a better title for this absolute smoothie as a matter of fact.
The title track of BeBe & Cece Winans‘ 1988 album of the likes gets the listener to a rare level of delight. Somehow bringin’ us back to the souvenir of Ashford & Simpson‘s music in terms of sophistication. Although in a different vein. With thanks to Keith Thomas for his production and arrangement work.

I would tend to think of ‘Heaven’ as a Quiet Storm smoothie although it may already be too groovy for that. Meanwhile, most likely not enough (groovy) to stand the test of the dancefloors. As many reasons why, in a chillin’ jazzy mood, the lush synths driven ‘Heaven’ stands among our all time favs as a matter of fact…

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Overview
A six-time Grammy Award winner, Benjamin ‘BeBe’ Winans is the seventh child and youngest male of the the Detroit-based first family of Gospel music.
A multi-talented artist, BeBe is known as an inspirational and popular R&B vocalist, songwriter, and producer. Meanwhile he also produces and hosts his own radio show – Greenleaf – on Sunday mornings (09:00am ET / 07:00am PT) on the Heart & Soul Channel (68) on Sirius/XM Radio Networks. And he eventually acted along with friend Denzel Washington on ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ back in 2003. Then starred on Broadway’s Oprah Winfrey Presents The Color Purple with Chaka Khan amongst his credits.

Teaming with his younger sister, Priscilla ‘CeCe’, the duo first began crossing lines. This as “adopted children” of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker on the PTL television show. Their first tour, on which Whitney Houston proclaimed herself their “sister” and sang background for the siblings, set the tone for a very special career.

BeBe & CeCe Winans are the first true Christian crossover artists to hit the mainstream. From ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ to ‘Good Morning America’. Not to mention the ‘Oprah Winfrey Show’… They have taken their message and presented it in a way that touched, moved and inspired wide audiences.
BeBe and CeCe are the first brother and sister to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They eventually moved forward to pursue their own solo endeavors in 1995. And together, they have nine successful gold and platinum recordings. Meanwhile some of you might remember of the outstanding ‘Heaven’. In other words, the title track of their 1988 album of the likes. A gem which stands among our all times favs here on IDMW

BeBe has made himself quite a reputation for his jaw dropping performances. With his sisters, brothers and on his own. On his 7 solo albums to date. But also on his guest performances with friends, he has achieved an iconic status. He eventually came up with another all time fav of us. This by the likes of the 1998 released ‘Thank You’ as produced and remixed by Masters At Work. With the story goin’ on in 2018. This with the inclusion of Louie Vega‘s remix of ‘He Promised Me’ featuring Tobbi & Tommi and Kiandra Richardson on his ‘NYC Disco – Extended Versions’ compilation for Nervous Records.

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