Whitney Houston Is Happy to Back Up Bebe and Cece Winans, and That's the Gospel Truth
updated 07/03/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/03/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Benjamin Winans, 26, and his sister Priscilla, 24, are part of a musical dynasty rooted in Detroit's Mount Zion Church of God in Christ Founded by their great-great-grandfather and presided over by their preacher father, the church gave all 10 Winans children the gospel grounding that has collectively won them seven Grammy awards since 1985. (Four brothers perform as the Winans; two younger sisters sing backup for BeBe and CeCe.) BeBe, who lives in Nashville with his wife, Debbie, and CeCe, who has two children with husband Alvin Love and owns a beauty parlor in Detroit, sang on Jim and Tammy Bakker's PTL Club for three years and broke onto the gospel charts with "Up Where We Belong" in 1984. Their new album, Heaven, is a slick blend of gospel, pop and soul, but they have no desire to cross all the way over into the pop mainstream. "There's no temptation to do secular music," says CeCe. "There's more money in it but for us this is not a hobby. It's a ministry that we have been called to do."