You ever wake up with a song on your lips? Today I woke up thinking of a song I haven’t heard in absolute ages. Seriously, when is the last time you heard Heaven by BeBe and CeCe Winans?
It’s been a minute, right?
When this album came out in 1988, BeBe and CeCe were taking gospel music to unprecedented heights in the secular world. This video used to be on BET all the time! I distinctly remember those Video Soul days, Donnie Simpson rockin’ the Cosby sweater and gazing at me with those bedroom eyes (I swear, Donnie was one of my first crushes). Heaven had more than one big hit in my memory — Lost Without You was beautiful, and so was Meantime. Aww, I love those Eighties synthesizers. They make me feel like a nine year old again.
I’ve always loved BeBe’s and CeCe’s voices — powerful, warm, mellow. I’m not a particularly religious bella, but there’s something about good gospel music that reaches this little heathen in her soul. It can’t be too preachy, it has to have rhythm, and it has to feel real. I loved what BeBe and CeCe Winans did for the genre — they proved that a song can have a message without shoving it down your throat. Addictive Love is just a good jam. Then the lyrics hit you, and you realize the depth of their faith. It’s an approach that works for me. Love BeBe and CeCe! They haven’t recorded together in a while, but Wikipedia claims a reunion album will drop this year!
Psst — for vintage Winans, check out this performance of Up Where We Belong on the Jim Bakker show back in the day. CeCe looks like she just stepped off the set of The Facts of Life.