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Gospel Music’s CeCe Winans Shares Her Heart

She’s the most awarded female gospel artist of all time and considered “the first family” of gospel music, CeCe Winans shares her passion for the next generation. Read Transcript


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[SINGING]

NARRATOR: She's the most awarded female gospel

artist of all time.

CeCe Winans has won 10 Grammys, 20 Dove awards,

and a host of others.

She's also the co-pastor of Nashville Life

Church in Tennessee along with her husband Alvin Love.

After almost a decade, she's released a new solo album.

Her newest project, "Let Them Fall In Love,"

features inspirational music with a fresh, new sound.

Well, here we got CeCe.

You're a legend.

It's an honor to have you.

It's wonderful to have you here.

Thank you, good to be here.

But I got to ask you, why nine years?

Why--

Why nine years?

Well, within those nine years, Bebe and I,

we put out a project.

But then my husband and I started a church

about five years ago, and that just took all of my attention.

That's a full time job.

It's a full time job.

It's an awesome job.

It's a privilege, but it is full time.

So I had to focus on it.

We had to focus on it together.

And probably towards the end of 2015,

I realized that we had a little groove going,

so I could focus on my music again.

So didn't mean for that much time to go by,

but it went by fast.

Is it going to be nine years before the next one?

Oh, no.

I don't think so.

I don't think so, but you know what?

You never know.

So next year, you're going to come back,

we're going to have a new one.

I'm going to hold you to it.

I did not say those words.

I did.

But you say you did.

But we'll see.

I just want God's perfect will to be done.

But I'm so excited about this new project.

Even though it's been that long, I think it was worth the wait.

I think it's my best project yet.

Yeah.

You've got a little bit of a different sound on it.

Why?

Yeah, it's very different.

Why?

It was my son's vision.

That's why.

He came to me about six years ago and said, mom--

Wow, they grow up, don't they?

They do.

Mom, just trust me.

I was like, absolutely not.

Why should I trust you?

He's like, I got the sound.

It's going to be different, but it's going to be relevant.

It's going to have more of a throwback feel.

It's going to be really popular with my generation,

but yet it will be true to who you are.

And I was like, Alvin, I don't know.

I don't know.

And all I can say is he did it.

He did it.

He did it.

You love it.

I love it.

I played it for my mom--

Alvin's done good.

--my mom, who's 80 years old.

Alvin did really good.

Alvin the third did really good.

She listened to it.

She's like, oh, I love this.

So I can see every generation is something that everybody

will embrace, so I'm excited.

What do you want a listener to get from the CD?

It's entitled "Let Them Fall In Love."

And I knew I wanted that to be the title before I even

heard the songs.

After being gone away for so long, being busy full time,

I was like, Lord, if I'm taking out the time do this,

I need you to show up in a special way.

And my prayer is that people will--

their hearts will be turned towards God

and they will fall in love with Jesus.

If they're not a believer, I want them to become a believer.

And those of us who already know the Lord,

it's time for us to go a little bit deeper.

And that's my prayer.

Well, I think you can make a critique of Christianity

in America.

Have we left our first love?

Have we gotten so busy doing the work of the ministry

that we haven't put Him first?

We're not loving with all our heart, all our soul,

everything within us.

And to get back to that, that's the place of everything.

That's the place of everything.

That's the place of energy, joy, peace--

Revival--

--everything.

--everything.

Everything's from there.

And so that's my prayer for believers and nonbelievers,

that we would fall in--

that we would get a revelation of who He is.

Because when you get that--

You'll never be the same.

You'll never be the same.

And you want to stay there.

Yes.

You want to stay there.

You got to live there.

All right.

We've got a little bit of a sample.

You sang it earlier on 'The 700 Club."

And so let's take a look.

[SINGING] Waking up, another heavy heart and burdens I

can't bear.

Does anybody care?

Seeing more of what I'm missing, less

of what I have to share, miles away from what I need,

and yet so close when I'm in prayer.

That's when I closed my eyes.

Well, that single is called "Never Have To Be Alone."

And I think that's a message for a lot of people.

Yeah, a lot of people, and especially young people--

millennials.

You hear a lot of--

Why do you say that?

Because you hear a lot of people suffering from anxiety,

and fear, and emotional issues.

And I think it--

I shouldn't say I think.

I know it goes back to what we said,

falling in love with Jesus, and making sure he's first,

and that you're spending that intimate time with him.

Because it's in those times that you realize you're not alone,

and that no matter what you're facing, God can handle it.

He's already worked it out.

And when you understand His sovereignty,

His greatness, His power, there's no reason to fear.

You can sit back and say, ah, everything looks crazy.

But everything's going to be all right.

Are you finding with your millennials that a lot of them

have grown up without fathers?

Are you seeing that a lot?

Yes.

We're definitely dealing with a lot of fatherlessness.

But more so than that, I think that would be the number one

issue.

But after that, a lot of them just did not have the examples.

They weren't taught how to be true disciples.

And so teaching them how to be disciples,

how to stand on the Word, how to confess the Word,

it's hard for them to experience bad times

and really know that this too will not last.

This too shall pass away.

It's teaching them to persevere and understand

that God's Word is true no matter what.

It took me a long time to figure out discipline

is part of being a disciple.

Come on.

That's good.

It took me a long--

is that a struggle?

Is that a struggle with millennials?

Because you have to discipline your life to stay in the Word--

That's it.

That's it.

--to stay in His presence.

You just can't get away from it.

It's not about how you feel.

It's not about how you feel.

But like you said, it's discipline.

You can't be a disciple without discipline.

That'll preach.

That'll preach.

That'll preach, but it's true.

And I don't think it's just millennials.

But I think all of us as believers

have to understand that God's will does not automatically

happen.

It's his will for everybody to be saved.

It's his will that we all walk in total victory

because He paid for it.

But there's a discipline that we have to put in place in order

to walk in victory.

And there's also great love and great mercy in that

because the realization for me was God actually

believes I can do what he's asked me to do.

He actually thinks I can do it.

That's amazing.

That's an amazing thought.

And you just go, OK.

If you have faith in me, all right--

I can do it.

--here I am.

Oh, that's so sweet.

I'm going to use that over and over again,

that God believes I can do it.

All right.

Well, I'm going to use the CD over and over again,

and I hope you do too.

The album is called "Let Them Fall In Love,"

and it's available wherever music is sold.

And CeCe, thanks for being here.

Thanks for having me.

All right.

Come back when the next one.

Yeah, OK.

I'll hold you to it.

You got it.

And not nine years.

You got it, OK.

Not nine, but maybe--

Maybe nine months?

No, no, no, no, no.

No deadlines, all right.

No deadlines.

Sometime in the near future.

You got it.

I'll take it.

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