Multi-award-winning Gospel Artist, CeCe Winans, is a living legend that continues to release timeless classics. Winans has recently released her highly anticipated album ‘Believe For It’, which was recorded live in Nashville, Tennessee. This album sets the tone of worship as she reminds us that the power of God’s name is greater than any obstacle that we will face. Winans dares us to have faith that God will deliver us. All we need to do is believe for it.
Keep The Faith had the opportunity to speak with CeCe Winans on motherhood, music and the power of God.
As we celebrate Mother’s Day, CeCe Winans shares her experience on being a new grandmother. “There are no words to describe being a grandmother. On Christmas Day, my daughter had her first child; my first grandson, it’s been amazing. It’s been a beautiful thing to experience the love of God. Seeing God’s faithfulness through another generation inspires me to live. It inspires me to be better than ever so I can be around and watch my grandson grow up. I want to play an important part in his life by covering him and lifting him up. It’s amazing because life produces life. Our theme for our church this year is to be a life giver. When you give life, you receive life. I hope that people experience life in everything I do. Through my new music, in every message that I give and in every interview; I want people to hear life.”
Life is what we have experienced for decades through CeCe Winans’ music. With the release of ‘Believe For It’, Winans prepares the world for what they can expect. “You can expect a joyful experience. It’s my first live record that I have ever recorded, and it comes at a time where people need to experience the joy of the Lord. People need to experience His presence. We could not have a big audience because we recorded it during the pandemic. There were a few people there that were socially distant, but we still had an amazing time. The audience size was not what we were after, we were after God’s presence. So, for all those anticipating the new music, expect to experience joy. This is something that we all need right now.”
Winans and her family have blessed the world with countless songs that continuously encourage us. She shares her encouragement from the embrace she felt on her visits to London. “I love London. BeBe and I started traveling to London years and years ago. One of the things that stuck with me the most, was how everyone knew my songs better than I knew them. We would begin to sing a song and the whole audience would sing the lyrics with us. It was the most beautiful thing. London has always been extremely special to us. They have always embraced my whole family and for that we are eternally grateful. BeBe and I started recording over 30 years ago and London has walked with us along the way.”
As Winans looks forward to the day when she returns to London, she leaves a special message for everyone that has supported her. “The single release for the album is entitled ‘Believe For It’ as I want to encourage all of our friends and family in London to go after your dreams. There’s been disappointment, hurt and tough times, but we serve a God who is wanting to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we can ask or think. All we have to do is believe for it. I want you to believe for healing. I want you to believe for restoration in your families. I want you to believe for unity in your country, in my country and around the world.”
CeCe Winans has a voice that has touched people of many nations. One of the places she has visited on her journey, Africa, is a place she calls home. “My first experience going to Africa was life changing for me. It was the first time I saw ‘us’ as the majority. This is our home; this is our land. It was an immensely proud moment for me. I love Africa. I’ve only scratched the surface, it’s such a big continent and there are so many places that I haven’t been. I have been to a few places like South Africa, Nigeria and Uganda. I could live in Africa and I don’t think that I have been anywhere outside of my country where I have felt that way. I connected with Africa. I love the way they worship and sing. Their voices are heavenly. We are a people of endurance and determination. It makes me proud to be an African American and share a connection with my brothers and sisters in the Kingdom of God in Africa.”
Winans prays that her music and her ministry brings people close to God. “God is faithful. God is sovereign. The bible says to be anxious for nothing, but in everything, through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus. I want people to know that God is with them, He promises never to leave or forsake us. We need to rest in His sovereignty. I was talking to someone in Texas, and if you are not familiar with the situation, many people experienced power outages in that state due to winter storms. I remember telling them that they are still here. Rest in knowing that God is with us. Cry out to Him. Nothing takes God by surprise. He’s already made a way of escape, it’s just up to us to quiet down to allow God to speak to us. I want people to be encouraged and to know that God never fails.”
CeCe Winans lives by faith and her music is a reflection of it. She hopes to inspire people to grow their faith in the Lord, one song at a time. “I want you to believe for the impossible because we serve a God that specialises in in the impossible.”
‘Believe For It’ is available now.
Ben Harrell, Global Music Link Editorial team
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