The best-selling and most-awarded female gospel artist of all time, CeCe Winans has long since cemented her status as one of the most accomplished and celebrated women in music history. It would be easy to look back and rest on such illustrious honors, but Winans has always had her eyes fixed firmly on the future and constantly evolving. Her latest chart-topping musical offering, Believe For It
(PureSprings Gospel/Fair Trade Services, LLC), is her first live recording featuring some of the biggest songs in Christian music today.
The award-winning trailblazer delivers two new cuts “No Greater” and the title track, “Believe For It” which was penned by the collaborative efforts of Mitch Wong, Kyle Lee, Dwan Hill and Winans.
Additional tracks such as, “Never Lost”, “Hunger” “Shepherd” and “Worthy of It All,” leads worshipers straight to the throne room where their strength is surely to be renewed.
Believe For It dominated the Billboard Gospel charts with four number one spots in the same week:
#1 Top Gospel album, #1 Total Current Gospel Album, #1 Gospel Digital Song and #1 Top Christian/Gospel Album. Winans also made her mark at key Christian radio stations and networks holding a Top 10 presence on Billboard Christian charts. The US On-Demand streams for the single, “Believe For It” surpassed the 75 million cyber count and the album went beyond the 41 million mark.
The national media coverage and reviews included appearances on the TODAY Show, Entertainment Tonight and popular regionals morning shows in the Top 10 US markets.
“I’m thrilled with the success of Believe For It because I think the message of the song is more important today than ever before. I celebrate reaching Top 10 and the millions of views the videos have received, not because it elevates me in any way, but because the songs promote the truth of the Gospel and the hope we have in Christ,” says Winans.
In her record-breaking 2021, Winans garnered four additional Dove Award wins to her ever increasing resume: Gospel Artist of the Year, Gospel Worship Recorded Song of the Year, Gospel Worship Album of the Year, Believe For It and Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year came via her collaboration with country superstar singer, Carrie Underwood on the classic hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”
The legendary singer swept all three of her Grammy nominated categories in 2022: Best Gospel Performance/Song “Never Lost”; Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song; “Believe For It” and Best Gospel Album; taking her count to 15 wins & 31 nominations. After 12 months of riding high on the Billboard Gospel/ Christian charts she received three Billboard Award nominations: Top Gospel Artist, Top Gospel Album and Top Christian Album.
Believe For It started as a long-awaited live recording and evolved into a musical gift that keeps on giving, transitioning from a stage to the studio, giving fans the best of both worlds. To celebrate its’ success an 18 track deluxe edition of the album was released featuring three unheard songs; the studio versions of “No Greater”, “I Have A Savior” and “I’ve Got Joy.” The new single, “I’ve Got Joy” (Fair Trade Services/Pure Spring Gospel, Inc.) written by Phil Wickham and Kyle Lee was released to Christian radio.
Winans’ melodic journey spans over 40 years recording and performing as both a solo artist and as a duo with her brother BeBe, she has influenced a generation of gospel and secular vocalists over the course of her astonishing career. Her mantel today holds a staggering 15 GRAMMY Awards, 27 Dove Awards, and 7 Stellar Awards. She's been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Nashville Music City Walk of Fame, in addition to being named a Trailblazer of Soul by BMI and garnering multiple NAACP Image Awards, Soul Train Awards, Essence Awards, and more. She's sold in excess of 5 million albums in the US, topping the Gospel charts repeatedly while crossing over with smashes like "Count On Me," her stunning duet with Whitney Houston from the multi-platinum 'Waiting To Exhale' soundtrack, which sold 2 million copies and cracked the Top 10 on the Pop, R&B, and Adult Contemporary charts. She touched millions more with inspirational performances everywhere from Oprah to The White House, including The American Music Awards and The Kennedy Center Honors paying tribute to the late legendary actress, Cicely Tyson.