First Listen: Carvin Winans – Once In A Lifetime (The Dance Factory)
From the very first notes, you can feel there’s something special in this. Mind you, its titled ‘Once In A Lifetime’ and it has to feel so. Which it pretty does at the end. Comin’ up over a firing rumblin’ bass driven rhythm pattern. With its key lines adding much to an impression of some parental connection with The Gap Band‘s ‘Outstanding’.
Without a single doubt, ‘Once In A Lifetime’ is the kind of infectious jam that gets you bump your head and makes you wanna dance irresistibly until the morning comes. Meanwhile displaying an uplifting message. This along with an exalting performance by the likes of one of the 3 Winans Brothers. In other words, Carvin Winans, along with producer Carlos Battey aka Jackie Boyz. Himself reknown for his collaborations with Johnny Gill and Charlie Wilson among others.
Currently trending around, ‘Once In A Lifetime’ has everything of a potential hit for Carvin. Even though, the final word will be yours at the end. Standing as an ideal appetizer to the man’s debut-album – ‘In The Softest Way’ – due for release by the top of 2019.
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A Detroit, MI native, Carvin Winans grew up in a musical environment. With his parents, the late David ‘Pop’ Winans and Delores ‘Mom’ Winans, remembered for their recordings. Together as Mom & Pop Winans and separately at various times. This in addition to no less than 9 brothers and sisters. Including BeBe and CeCe. But also Ronald, Marvin and Michael with whom he formed The Winans in the early 80’s. Eventually releasing their debut-album – ‘Introducing’ – in 1981. This with the help of Andrae Crouch who got them to sign with Light Records.
They delivered three albums for Light Records before switching to Quincy Jones‘ Qwest Records label in 1985. They shared the bill with Michael McDonald on the Quiet Stormy ‘Love Has No Color’ back in 1987. Then did the same with Anita Baker on ‘Ain’t No Need To Worry’ tat same year. Eventually joinin’ forces two years later with Whitney Houston on a cover version of the Bill Withers‘ classic ‘Lean On Me’. Their 1990 ‘Return’ album seeing them flirting with New Jack Swing vibes and producer Teddy Riley. Thus spanning the firing ‘It’s Time’.
They put an end to their venture 5 years later, soon after the release of their ” album. Although they kept on collaborating on various Winans family projects. Meanwhile Carvin established himself as a sought-after songwriter. Penning hits for other artists including, Whitney Houston, Regina Belle and Vanessa Bell Armstrong to name a few.
In 2013, he formed a new group by the likes of the 3 Winans Brothers along with brothers BeBe and Marvin. The threesome realsing their debut-album – ‘Foreign Land’ – the year after. An effort out of which Louie Vega eventually licensed ‘Dance’ featuring The Clark Sisters. Thus turnin’ it into one of our 10 essential 2015 tracks. This in addition to ‘I Choose You’ featuring Karen Clark Sheard the year after.
Carvin now experiences solo activities. This with the blowin’ ‘Once In A Lifetime. The first offshot from his upconin’ album – ‘In The Softest Way’ – due to hit the streets by the beginning of 2019. When talkin’ about this effort, he says… “I am truly humbled and honored that for my first solo album God blessed me to work with some of the most talented and gifted people on the planet… Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Kenny G, Tommy Sims, Carlos Battey and last but not least, my wife Chérie Winans. Just to name a few! I pray my fans enjoy listening to this album as much as I enjoyed making it!”