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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Music Producer
Songwriter
Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
I Can Do All Things Through Christ That Strengthens Me.

Birthplace

Born:
9/17/1962
Birth Location:
Detroit, Michigan

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Music Producer
Songwriter
Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
I Can Do All Things Through Christ That Strengthens Me.

Birthplace

Born:
9/17/1962
Birth Location:
Detroit
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Biography

Music producer, R&B singer, songwriter and gospel singer BeBe Winans was born Benjamin Winans on September 17, 1962 in Detroit, Michigan. He, along with his nine siblings, started singing in the choir at Mount Zion Church of God and Christ in Detroit. All of the Winans brothers and sisters were talented singers and contributed greatly to the church choir, in which both Winans parents also performed.

Winans began his career as a background singer for his famous brothers,The Winans. He and his sister, CeCe, joined the television show Praise the Lord as the “PTL Singers” in 1982 and released their first record, “Lord Lift Us Up”, in 1984. BeBe and CeCe Winans eventually recorded five albums together including the self titled BeBe & CeCe Winans (1987), Heaven (1988), Different Lifestyles (1991), First Christmas (1993), and Relationships (1994). BeBe recorded numerous solo albums including BeBe Winans (1997), Love & Freedom (2000), Live and Up Close (2002), My Christmas Prayer (2004), and Dream (2006), which features the single “I Have A Dream.” The song uses samples from the historic speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the 1963 March on Washington along with Winans’ singing of some of its passages. Winans has also recorded songs with such entertainers as Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, Whitney Houston. In 2004, Winans made his film debut with a role in the remake of The Manchurian Candidate, featuring actors Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep. He also starred in the off-Broadway touring musical production of King Solomon Lives, A Nubian Love Story. Winans previously starred on Broadway in the shows Civil War and Don’t Get God Started and the national tour of What’s On the Hearts of Men.

In 2007, Winans began hosting his own nationally syndicated radio program, The BeBe Winans Radio Show. As an R&B and Gospel vocalist, writer, and producer, Winans has won four Grammy Awards, ten Dove Awards, six Stellar Awards, two NAACP Image Awards and a Soul Train Music Award.

BeBe Winans was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 2, 2007

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - BeBe Winans talks about his parents' marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - BeBe Winans describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - BeBe Winans recalls his maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - BeBe Winans describes his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - BeBe Winans remembers his mother's career and how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - BeBe Winans describes his father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - BeBe Winans describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - BeBe Winans remembers his neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - BeBe Winans recalls his father's friendship with Sam Cooke and Lou Rawls
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - BeBe Winans describes the influence of his father's musical career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - BeBe Winans lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - BeBe Winans recalls his sixteenth birthday celebration
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - BeBe Winans describes his home life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - BeBe Winans recalls the role of religion in his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - BeBe Winans talks about his parents' musical talent
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - BeBe Winans remembers his influential elementary school teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - BeBe Winans recalls his academic mentors, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - BeBe Winans recalls his academic mentors, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - BeBe Winans remembers his high school principal
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - BeBe Winans describes his early personality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - BeBe Winans describes his aspiration to become a musician
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - BeBe Winans reflects upon his grade school experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - BeBe Winans talks about his musical influences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - BeBe Winans recalls his parents' support of his musical aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - BeBe Winans describes his musical training
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - BeBe Winans remembers his family's biannual holiday concerts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - BeBe Winans talks about his family's musical groups
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - BeBe Winans recalls his move to Charlotte, North Carolina, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - BeBe Winans recalls his move to Charlotte, North Carolina, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - BeBe Winans remembers joining the Praise the Lord Club
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - BeBe Winans remembers managing his finances from an early age
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - BeBe Winans recalls purchasing his first car
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - BeBe Winans remembers recording 'Up Where We Belong'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - BeBe Winans describes the success of 'Up Where We Belong'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - BeBe Winans talks about his experiences with the Praise the Lord Club
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - BeBe Winans describes his relationship with his sister, Priscilla Winans Love
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - BeBe Winans remembers his social life in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - BeBe Winans recalls the formation of his act, BeBe and CeCe
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - BeBe Winans remembers the success of BeBe and CeCe
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - BeBe Winans talks about performing as BeBe and CeCe
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - BeBe Winans reflects upon his career with the Praise the Lord Club
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - BeBe Winans talks about his relationship with Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Bakker
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - BeBe Winans recalls the responses to the success of BeBe and CeCe, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - BeBe Winans recalls the responses to the success of BeBe and CeCe, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - BeBe Winans remembers recording 'Heaven'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - BeBe Winans reflects upon the support of his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - BeBe Winans describes his songwriting process