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CeCe Winans hasn’t released a new album in nine years, but the gospel singer is in the midst of one of the most prolific periods of her life.

Her work during this time has been different. It’s not reflected in sales (though she’s sold more than 5 million albums over the past 30 years) or awards (10 Grammys, 20 Doves and three NAACP Image Awards to date).

Instead, it’s witnessed in the people who fill the pews for Sunday service at Nashville Life Christian Church. Winans co-founded the church five years ago with her husband, Alvin Love, and both serve as senior pastors.

“I’m so much richer because of it,” she says. “It has required my husband and I to lay down our lives even more for people. I think we’ve tapped into true happiness. It’s a lot of work, but it’s the best way you could ever spend your life.”

It’s with this perspective that Winans, at last, is returning with a new album. On Feb. 3, she’ll release “Let Them Fall in Love,” a retro-styled collection that draws on the R&B and Motown sounds of the ‘60s. Ironically, it’s produced by a child of the ’80s: Winans’ son, Alvin Love III.

Winans says she took some convincing to do a “throwback” album, and she laughs as she recalls working with her son in the producer’s chair. “It was weird for me to say, ‘OK, I really have to do everything he tells me to do,’ as the mom.”

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source: The Tennessean | Dave Paulson

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