NEW SONG: CeCe Winans – Never Have To Be Alone
She’s back! with CeCe Winans – Never Have To Be Alone
After a short hiatus, CeCe Winans storms radio with the first single ‘Never Have To Be Alone’ from her forthcoming studio LP. ‘Alone’ is sure to join the singer’s long list of fan favorites including ‘Alabaster Box’, ‘Pray’, ‘I Surrender All’, and more.
Where has CeCe Winans been during the nine years between her last solo album and her new album Let Them Fall In Love?
Appropriately enough, in church — at least for half of that time.
The Grammy Award-winning gospel/R&B star and her husband started their Nashville Light church during the early part of 2012. And that was enough to keep her occupied and away from the studio. “So for almost five years I’ve been totally focused on that,” Winans (who released an album, Still, with her brother BeBe Winans in 2009) tells Billboard. “It was a really big undertaking, and I really couldn’t focus on the music, and I’m one of those people who has to focus. Finally, once we got things going with the church and got a rhythm happening there, I was able to create some space and think about, ‘What do I want to do next?'”
The answer came from her son, Alvin Love III, who co-produced Let Them Fall In Love (out. Feb. 3) with Tommy Sims and also wrote the bulk of the set’s 10 tracks. And he provided a musical direction that led his mother in some new directions.
“It took me a while to grasp everything he was saying,” Winans acknowledges, ranging from the lively approach of “Hey Devil,” featuring the Clark Sisters, to “Lowly” and “Why Me Lord,” tracks that are more traditional than Winans’ usual crossover sound. “Some of the style of the songs when I first heard them, I was like, ‘Whoa, I don’t know if I can do this. But I listened and I was like, ‘This is fresh,’ and that was his point. He was like, ‘Mom, I think you can do something that’s really awesome, that’s fresh, that’s different but yet it’s not you trying to be a teenybopper,’ and when I got it, I got it and I was really excited.”