or many years the microphone of Grammy winning vocalist Bebe Winans collected dust as he took on acting, wrote and produced hits for others, became an author and crafted a play about his journey to stardom with his long-time duet partner and sister CeCe (tentatively titled “From Detroit to Pineville”).
“I stopped singing for a long time because it just wasn’t something I was very passionate about,” the baby boy of the first family of contemporary gospel music said.
Winans spoke with ESSENCE.com about uniting with his brothers to reintroduce their award winning sound to today’s generation.
On the formation of 3WB:
A phone call to Marvin after the thought hit me of coming together with my two brothers and then with that phone call 3WB was born.
How they plan on keeping the music current:
Bringing on producers Daniel Weatherspoon (Marvin Winans, Vashawn Mitchell) Rodney Jerkins (Lady Gaga, Ciara) will help to keep the project current.
What listeners can expect from the new project:
The theme of the album is hope and the title of the album is “Foreign Land” which is a song that Marvin wrote many years ago. The style consists of a combination of The Winans’ style and BeBe & CeCe’s style of music. It will be out in the beginning of 2014.
You can read the rest over on ESSENCE.com. Winans discusses more about whether or not he was denied entry into legendary music group, The Winans, why that group will never exist again, and why he almost quit the music industry. You can also check out 3WB’s new single, “If God Be For Us.”