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The Winans are an American Gospel music quartet from Detroit, Michigan consisting of brothers Marvin, Carvin, Michael and Ronald Winans.

Musical careerEdit

OriginsEdit

Brothers RonaldMarvin, Carvin, and Michael Winans (the second, third, fourth and fifth siblings of the Winans family) grew up in Detroit, Michigan and were discovered by Andrae Crouch, who signed them to Light Records.

MusicEdit

Their first record, Introducing The Winans was produced in 1981. They performed vocals in This is America, Charlie Brown's segment "The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad" in 1989. Their style was noted for its crossover efforts and received airplay on R&B radio. The group's last recording was in 1995, but they have subsequently been involved in various Winans family projects where they are credited as "The Winans" (e.g. November 2000's Christmas: Our Gifts To You).

DiscographyEdit

Studio AlbumsEdit

Year Album details Chart positions [1][2] Certifications

[3] (sales thresholds)

US [https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Top_R%26B/Hip-Hop_Albums US

R&B]

[https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Billboard_charts US

Gospel]

[https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Billboard_charts US

CCM]

1981 Introducing The Winans
  • Released: 1981
  • Label: Light
1983 Long Time Comin'
  • Released: 1983
  • Label: Light
8
1984 Tomorrow
  • Released: 1984
  • Label: Light
3
1985 Let My People Go 57 1
1987 Decisions
  • Released: September 1, 1987
  • Label: Qwest / Warner Bros.
109 30 1 12
1988 Live At Carnegie Hall
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: Qwest / Warner Bros.
13 22
1990 Return
  • Released: April 24, 1990
  • Label: Qwest / Warner Bros.
90 12 1 4
1993 All Out
  • Released: August 24, 1993
  • Label: Qwest / Warner Bros.
41 15 9
  • US Sales: 79,000[4]
1995 Heart & Soul
  • Released: October 24, 1995
  • Label: Qwest / Warner Bros.
3 12
2000 Christmas: Our Gifts to You
  • Released: November 14, 2000
  • Label: Diamante
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

CompilationEdit

Year Album details Chart positions[1][2] Certifications

(sales thresholds)

[https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Billboard_charts US

Gospel]

1990 The Best Of The Winans
  • Released: October 17, 1990
  • Label: Light
1995 The Light Years
  • Released: November 7, 1995
  • Label: Light
2002 Legends Of Gospel
  • Released: February 19, 2002
  • Label: Light
The Very Best Of The Winans
  • Released: April 16, 2002
  • Label: Rhino
16
2003 Great Family Of Gospel
2004 Gospel Greats
  • Released: April 6, 2004
  • Label: Flashback / Rhino
2005 The Definitive Original Greatest Hits
2008 Gospel Legacy
  • Released: January 22, 2008
  • Label: Light
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

SinglesEdit

Year Single Peak chart positions[1][2][5] Album
[https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Hot_R%26B/Hip-Hop_Songs US

R&B]

UK
1985 "Let My People Go" 42 71 Let My People Go
"Very Real Way"
1986 "The Real Meaning of Christmas" The Real Meaning of Christmas (Maxi-single)/"Decisions"
1987 "Ain't No Need To Worry" (feat. Anita Baker) 15 Decisions
"Love Has No Color" (feat. Michael McDonald)
"Give Me You"
1989 "Lean On Me" (with Thelma Houston) Lean On Me (Soundtrack)
1990 "It's Time" 5 Return
"A Friend" 11
"When You Cry" 40
1991 "Don't Leave Me" 34
1993 "Payday" (featuring R. Kelly) 74 All Out
1994 "That Extra Mile"
1995 "Heart & Soul" 89 Heart & Soul
1996 "Count It All Joy"
"Standing On Promises
"—" denotes the single failed to chart or was not released

AwardsEdit

  • Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album: All Out (1993)
  • Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance By A Duo Or Group, Choir Or Chorus: The Winans Live At Carnegie Hall (1988)
  • Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo, Group, Choir Or Chorus: "Ain't No Need To Worry" (The Winans featuring Anita Baker) (1987)
  • Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo, Group, Choir Or Chorus: "Let My People Go" (1986)
  • Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male: "Bring Back The Days Of Yea And Nay" (Marvin Winans) (1985)
  • Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo, Group, Choir Or Chorus: "Tomorrow" (1985)
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