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Pastor Marvin Winans rose to fame as a member of the Winans -- not just the well-known First Family of contemporary black gospel, but the actual quartet of that name which laid the foundation for the family's veritable gospel empire beginning in the early '80s. Winans never really chose to devote his focus to a solo career, preferring instead to lend his talents as a vocalist, keyboardist, songwriter, and producer to not only a wide selection of Winans-related projects, but to many other gospel performers over the course of the '80s and '90s. Additionally, Winans founded his own church, the Perfecting Church, in Detroit during the early '90s; after preaching mostly in area hotels during the church's early years, Winans' following had grown to over 3,000 by the end of the decade. Though it has never become his primary goal, Winans has occasionally headed up his own musical projects as well. 1992's Introducing Perfected Praise was an acclaimed, cleverly arranged foray into mass-choir gospel, featuring Winans at the head of his newly assembled Perfected Praise Choir. It took until spring 2001 for Winans to issue a follow-up record, which was titled Friends and released on sister Angie Winans' Against the Flow label.
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ContentsLife and career1.1 Personal life1.2 Musical career1.3 Pastor, Perfecting Church (Detroit)
Life and career
Winans was born in Detroit, Michigan, the fourth of 10 children of Delores (née Ransom) and David Glenn Winans, Sr., who recorded together as "Mom and Pop Winans". His siblings David II, Carvin (his fraternal twin), Benjamin (BeBe), Daniel, Michael, Ronald, Priscilla (CeCe), Deborah (Debbie), Angelique (Angie) are also musically gifted and have careers in the music industry singing, writing and producing. Marvin met and married Vickie Bowman, to whom he was married for 16 years until their divorce in 1995. His sons, Marvin Jr. (Coconut), Josiah Winans, and stepson Mario (Skeeter) are also in the music business. Mario is a producer and R&B singer. Marvin Jr., once a member of Winans Phase 2, is now a solo artist and is also a producer, and Josiah Winans is also a producer featured on Marvin Jr.'s first solo project.
Winans sang in the 1970s with his brothers Ronald, Carvin (his twin) and Michael (the group also included others) as The Testimonial Singers. Their first performance was at a high school talent show. In 1975 the group's name was changed to The Winans. Their musical careers spanned both the 1980s and 1990s. The Winans, who were discovered by Andrae Crouch, released their first album under the new group's name, entitled Introducing The Winans, in 1981. The Winans were greatly influenced by the Queen of Gospel Albertina Walker and her group The Caravans. An organist and pianist, Marvin also wrote songs, and produced for The Winans records, for solo projects from family members, and on other gospel releases. For his vocals on the 1985 song "Bring Back the Days of Yea and Nay", Winans was awarded a Grammy for Best Male Soul Gospel Performance. He and several of his siblings and family members sang The Winans' hit "Tomorrow" at Whitney Houston's funeral.
In 2007, Winans released his first solo recording, Alone, But Not Alone.
On June 26, 2012 Winans released "Marvin L Winans Presents The Praise and Worship Experience" on his own label, MLW Productions Inc. The album features: Doen Moen, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin, Mary Mary, Mom Winans, Roderick Dixon, Bishop Paul Morton amongst others and was recorded at Winans' church in Detroit, Mi.
Pastor, Perfecting Church (Detroit)
Winans pastor, has a school, the Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts, referred to by staff and students as "WAPA", in which he founded in 1997. He founded The Perfecting Church in Detroit, Michigan in 1989, and released an album featuring the church's choir in 1992 entitled Introducing Perfected Praise. A second album, Friends, appeared in 2001. His 2007 release, Alone but Not Alone, was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album. On Saturday, February 18, 2012, at noon (EST), Winans preached the eulogy at Whitney Houston's funeral, at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey."Flying solo". The Detroit News. 2008-03-21. Retrieved 2009-09-12. http://www.perfectingchurch.org/ - "Pastor Winans" "Gospel giant 'Pop' Winans dies". USA Today. 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2010-05-12. Sisario, Ben (2009-04-10). "David Winans, Gospel Patriarch, Dies at 74". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-12. Grammy Awards, Allmusic.com New Hope Baptist Church