CeCe Winans: The Giver
By Souleo. CeCe Winans has made a career out of a few simple qualities that she uses extraordinarily well: talent, grace and a commitment to service. It is the latter that has inspired her latest release Songs of Emotional Healing. The album is a collection of previously recorded material with the shared theme of inspiring others to make it through life's challenges. Not only does CeCe share such inspiration through her music but she is also doing the hands-on work through her non-profit organization, Sharing the Vision.
CeCe shared her vision and then some with JimmyJazz.com where she talked the status of Whitney Houston, reflected on the perm and warmth of the late gospel great Walter Hawkins, her commitment to addressing youth suicide and high incarceration rates and more.
On the comeback progress of Whitney Houston:
I love Whitney. She is my sister. I appreciate everybody praying for her. She has come a long way and will come all the way through. I will be there to see her come all the way through and I promise that.
On her fondest memory of the late Walter Hawkins:
When I first saw him in concert as a kid years ago I wondered what kind of perm he had in his head. I still haven't been able to figure it out. He once called my family the first family of gospel but we started off imitating the Hawkins. They have incredible voices and writing. So I loved that he was always so nice to us. We are praying for the family.
On why she has resisted the temptation of secular music:
I know what I have been called to do. I'm not trying to put down others but different people are called to go different places and do different things. I have ended up in placed where I never thought I would or should be like on "Martin." I was like what am I doing on this show? But our music has allowed that and I hope through that we will create more platform and open more doors for the next generation coming up.
On making a difference through her charity work:
Earlier on I was ignorant that we were losing so many kids to suicide in our
community. So I got involved with some organizations that focus on that and learned. I think the main thing is that we have to take time to communicate and listen. When
you look at what they take their lives for sometimes we judge it as silly or not making sense. We have to stop with those responses and listen and understand the pain of what they feel and think. We also have to stop the cycle of young men going to jail. These jails are filled with beautiful and intelligent Black men. So I am working on some partnerships now because it will take us all doing it together to make a difference.