Ten-time Grammy winner, CeCe Winans, is not only a great vocalist but she is a true professional. Her career spans over three decades and there are no signs of stopping because her future continues to shine brighter with each new album release. Her latest delivery, “Let Them Fall In Love,” is the first solo release in nine years and the 10 tracks are polished with emotion and confidence and come alive with Winans’ iconic voice. Musically, big band horns and strings from the Nashville String Machine come together in a glorious blend of past and present, with arrangements that simultaneously recall the heyday of Motown while still sounding undeniably modern. CeCe’s son Alvin Love III co-produced the Motown-inspired throwback with her longtime collaborator Tommy Sims (Garth Brooks, Michael McDonald, Bonnie Raitt).
Winans inhabits each song on the record so fully in part because she’s lived their stories. On “Hey Devil!,” she’s joined by fellow vocal powerhouses The Clark Sisters for a playful rebuke of temptation, while “Lowly” is a lesson about pride and humility aimed at the young men and women who might need it most. Winans’ eclectic ability shines through on the pedal steel country waltz of “Why Me,” a song she discovered when she was invited to perform it live with its writer, Kris Kristofferson. On the album’s other cover, “Dancing in The Spirit” (written by Lady Peachena), Winans is joined by Hezekiah Walker and his choir for a jubilant celebration.
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