Contemporary Christian music group formed by four brothers, Marvin, Carvin, Ronald (30 June 1956, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 17 June 2005, Detroit, Michigan, USA) and Michael Winans, from Detroit, Michigan, USA. The family has additionally produced two well-known solo/duo gospel performers, BeBe and CeCe Winans. After having sung in gospel choirs all their lives the brothers began their professional career in the early 80s. Staying close to their gospel roots but always maintaining a distinctive, jazzy sound, their reputation saw them work and perform with leading artists including Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Anita Baker and Michael McDonald, the latter pair both appearing on their 1987 album, Decision. Their two QWest albums of the early 90s, Return and All Out, saw the Winans attempt to convert their popularity into mainstream R&B success. Even this, however, was motivated by moral concerns: The whole purpose was to win over young people who might have been...
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