Personnel: Vickie Winans (background vocals); Steve Bethany, Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitar); Gerald Albright (saxophone); Stanley Brown (organ); Damien Sneed (keyboards, background vocals); Darcey Stewart, Jr. (keyboards); Jeff Davis (drums); Michael A. Pugh, Debra Winans, Demetria Barnes, Nia Allen, David Ivey, Marque Walker, Ann Taylor (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: James Waddell; Marque Walker; Vickie Winans; Brad Baerwald.
Recording information: Father's Image Studio, Brentwood, TN; Jsm Studios, New York, NY; Lost Studios, Memphis, TN; Mark "Polo" Dixon's Recording Studio, Brownstown, MI; Studio-51, Dunkirk, MD; Vickie Winans' Recording Studio, Bloomfield Hills, MI.
Arranger: Vickie Winans.
Beginning in 1985 with her signature hit "We Shall Behold Him," Vickie Winans made her mark as one of the gospel world's most passionate and stylistically diverse vocalists, both as a soloist and with her husband Marvin. Equally adept at old-school church music and smooth CCM, Winans appealed to a wide fan base. HOW I GOT OVER is no exception, kicking off with the classic Baptist-style foot-stomping rave-up title song, and just two tracks later delivering a booty-shaking dance number ("Heyyy"). Elsewhere, the Detroit native explores smooth Sade-esque balladry ("Suddenly"), hip-hop-ish contemporary R&B gospel ("Swoop"), and dramatic testifying ("No Not a One"). The album's most poignant track, however, is "My Peace," a delicate, heart-wrenching tribute to Winans's late mother Mattie Bowman.