Church arrived a day early this past weekend during the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Gospel Brunch event held on Saturday, July 31.
Bringing inspiration, faith and healing to the crowd was legendary gospel recording artist, CeCe Winans with a set of timeless songs from her highly revered catalogue.
Winans’ discography was also the source of inspiration from which she compiled her latest release, Songs of Emotional Healing. The compilation album is united by songs that aim to uplift listeners during times of great adversity. These songs are close to Winans’ heart as she revealed how one of the album’s tracks, “He’s Concerned” helped her keep the faith following the untimely passing of her brother, Ronald Winans.
“When I recorded ‘He’s Concerned’ I l[had] lost my brother, Ronald, and I needed healing. … God proved himself to be faithful through that. Every time you go through something God shows Himself in a different way,” she says.
While recording her upcoming greatest hits album, Winans is also spreading her message of healing through her Always Sisters conference. The popular conference addresses serious issues facing today’s young women such as self-esteem, dating, sexuality and more. In 2011, Winans plans to take the conference international to serve women all over the world.
“Next year we will go all over and do one in Africa. … So keep us in your prayers because every year [the conference has] been growing and there is a need for it.”
Indeed, if there is any voice in gospel music that can bring hope and salvation to those in need, it is without a doubt Winans’. –souleo