Cece Winans believes the greatest power is in praise

Cece Winans has seen an incredible amount of success as a singer and songwriter. She’s won an incredible number of awards and seen albums go to incredible heights—but to her, that’s not the focus of her career. It’s not about the fans, or the crowds, or the spotlight. It’s about standing before the throne of God and lifting praise to him.

The gospel singer doesn’t limit herself by a particular genre, though her heart is always first and foremost through God. This tendency shines through all of her music, whether she is singing traditional gospel, contemporary Christian, R&B, worship music, or contemporary gospel music. According to Cece, nothing is more powerful than singing about the power and capabilities of the living God. She acknowledges the power in other types of music—songs of praise, songs about what God has done—but truly believes that there is nothing that stands above the power of God.

Preaching to the lost—one purpose of many contemporary Christian songs—is certainly important. However, Cece argues that each Christian needs to spend time in God’s sanctuary, simply sitting in the power of God and breathing it in. Outside the church, she says, it’s all about the call—the need to reach others. Inside, she says, “You don’t have to be mindful of other things. You’re just alone in his presence.” When Cece stands on stage or in a recording studio, it is evident that she is using her gifts to help her stand again in the presence of God—and to bring other people along with her. The worship experience inherent in each song that she sings brings praise and honor to the God she has chosen to serve with her incredible gifts.

Cece’s albums include For Always: The Best of Cece Winans (2010), Songs of Emotional Healing (2010), Thy Kingdom Come (2008), Purified (2005), Throne Room (2003),Cece Winans (2001), Alabaster Box (1999), His Gift (1998), Everlasting Love (1998), and Alone in His Presence (1995). She also released several albums with her brother, Bebe, from 1984’s Lord Lift Us Up to 2009’s Still. The duo is only two of 10 musically-inclined siblings, including the gospel group The Winans.