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Album Review

As one-fourth of legendary gospel quartet the Winans, Marvin Winans was used to blurring the divide between contemporary gospel and urban music. It's no surprise, then, that Alone But Not Alone, his lifetime-in-the-making solo debut, is more R&B than sanctified church praise, a style he favored for the couple of under-the-radar albums he released alongside the church he pastors, Detroit's Perfecting Church. While Winans may look like a minister in the cover art for Alone But Not Alone, the album sees him taking off his pastoral hat and turning into a consummate soul man, singing to the common man about his beliefs, his hope, and his purpose in life, all to the sounds of classic R&B, elegantly produced by Nashville veteran Tommy Sims. Winans couldn't have asked for a better sidekick — the two complement each other's talents marvelously, each one turning in some of their most inspired — and inspiring — work yet. The guests themselves — Kim Burrell, Carvin Winans, Darwin Hobbs, and the late Ronald Winans, among others — bring an added touch of class to the singer's already classy get-together, one worthy of a modern-day Stevie Wonder or Teddy Pendergrass. With so much mainstream appeal, it's easy to fall prey to inspirational niceties, but, thankfully, Winans circumvents that, referencing his faith straightforwardly and with conviction, yet seldom coming across as preachy or pushy in the process. Part of the reason the more spiritually framed songs work is the music, which ranks as some of the most soulful to ever come from a member of the Winans family. When the sound is this alluring, this disarming, one can't help but just go to the church of Marvin Winans — one where contemporary gospel and straight-edge soul coexist as if they were meant to worship together all along.

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I've known Pastor Winans for years and his songs have always blessed me. I'm going through a tough time and his cd popped into my head. I know I'll make it through. Keep up the great work.


Born: March 5, 1958 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

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...
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Alone But Not Alone, Marvin Winans
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Contemporary Gospel, Music, Christian & Gospel, Gospel
  • Released: Sep 25, 2007

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