Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST song of the day
Song:The Question Is
Album:Heart & Soul
I've talked before about the Winans gospel music singing family. The Winans consists of brothers Marvin, Carvin, Michael & Ronald Winans. They were discovered by gospel legend Andrae Crouch in 1981 and signed with Light Records. They were brought to the attention of Quincy Jones and signed with his Qwest label in 1985. Their big breakthrough was with the 1989 song It's Time featuring Teddy Riley of Blackstreet. I have included the video for that. The Question Is is one of Marvin Winans' most enduring songs and this version is from the George Duke produced 1995 album Heart & Soul, a good record but their final album together. Rhino released The Very Best Of The Winans comp in 2002 and the entire Winans family toured to support it. That's worth checking out. The brothers record very infrequently. Marvin Winans spends most of his time as pastor of the Perfecting Praise Church in Detroit. The other guys aren't that active either and Ronald Winans died of a heart attack on June 17, 2005 at age 48. The Winans were one of the first contemporary black gospel acts to crossover to the mainstream and were a big influence on the gospel music business.