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Vickie Winans at McDonalds Gospelfest 2014
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"The Ponytail" From The Vickie Winans Hilarious & Unplugged Comedy DVD Vol 1
"The Ponytail" From The Vickie Winans Hilarious & Unplugged Comedy DVD Vol 1
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Vickie Winans sings SAFE IN HIS ARMS
Vickie Winans sings SAFE IN HIS ARMS
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Vickie Winans "Long As I Got King Jesus"
Vickie Winans "Long As I Got King Jesus"
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Pastor Marvin L. Winans and Vicki Winans Perfected Praise Choir 20 yr. Reunion
Pastor Marvin L. Winans and Vicki Winans Perfected Praise Choir 20 yr. Reunion
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VICKIE WINANS' HOW I GOT OVER feat. Tim Bowman Jr. Official Video
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Vickie Winans"More Than Enough!"
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Vickie Winans "Release It" Music Video - Directed by Eric Wheelwright
Vickie Winans "Release It" Music Video - Directed by Eric Wheelwright
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The Gospel According To Dorinda Show #5 Air Date: 05/12/14
The Gospel According To Dorinda Show #5 Air Date: 05/12/14
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Fresno CA Christian Comedy Vickie Winans 5/23/2014Vi
Fresno CA Christian Comedy Vickie Winans 5/23/2014Vi
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Vickie Winans - Oh What Love
Vickie Winans - Oh What Love
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Old Gospel Medley  - Vickie Winans,"Live In Detriot II"
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Vickie Winans
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Already Been To The Water - Vickie Winans, Gospel Comes A-Live
Already Been To The Water - Vickie Winans, Gospel Comes A-Live
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Vickie Winans "Shake Yourself Loose"
Vickie Winans "Shake Yourself Loose"
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Vickie Winans sings THE RAINBOW (TELLS ME THIS STORM WILL PASS)
Vickie Winans sings THE RAINBOW (TELLS ME THIS STORM WILL PASS)
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Vickie Winans - I Hear the Music In the Air
Vickie Winans - I Hear the Music In the Air
::2011/05/03::
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Vickie Winans & The Clark Sisters
Vickie Winans & The Clark Sisters
::2013/05/02::
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Already Been To The Water - Vickie Winans,"Live In Detriot II"
Already Been To The Water - Vickie Winans,"Live In Detriot II"
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Vickie Winans - Shake Yourself Loose
Vickie Winans - Shake Yourself Loose
::2013/03/03::
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Vickie Winans-Gospel Comedy Show
Vickie Winans-Gospel Comedy Show
::2013/02/20::
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Vickie Winans "We need a Word from The Lord"
Vickie Winans "We need a Word from The Lord"
::2007/06/13::
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VICKIE WINANS - WATCH THE WIND
VICKIE WINANS - WATCH THE WIND
::2008/12/11::
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Oh What Love - Vickie Winans & K&K Mime
Oh What Love - Vickie Winans & K&K Mime
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Vickie Winans - Superman
Vickie Winans - Superman
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No not a one, by Vickie Winans
No not a one, by Vickie Winans
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Vickie Winans Fitness Hustle-Directed by Darryl D. Lassiter
Vickie Winans Fitness Hustle-Directed by Darryl D. Lassiter
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Vickie Winans Kim Burrell & Vanessa Bell Armstrong - Nobody But Jesus
Vickie Winans Kim Burrell & Vanessa Bell Armstrong - Nobody But Jesus
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Vickie Winans is funny
Vickie Winans is funny
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Vickie Winans - Oh ! What love ! (with lyrics)
Vickie Winans - Oh ! What love ! (with lyrics)
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No Cross, No Crown - Vickie Winans,"Greatest Hits"
No Cross, No Crown - Vickie Winans,"Greatest Hits"
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Vickie Winans - Most Important Lesson You
Vickie Winans - Most Important Lesson You've Learned
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Vickie Winans - We Shall Behold Him (original rendition)
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BJG: Vickie Winans sings "Release It" live (2013)
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Vickie Winans - We Need A Word From The Lord
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"The Disclaimer" From The Vickie Winans Hilarious & Unplugged Comedy DVD Vol 1
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Vickie Winans - J.E.S.U.S. Stadium Mix (motion picture)
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Vickie Winans Long As I Got King Jesus
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Vickie Winans Shake Yourself Loose TV Special #3
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Vickie Winans
Birth name Viviane Bowman
Also known as Vickie Winans,Vickie Richardson, Vickie McLemore
Born (1953-10-18) October 18, 1953 (age 60)
Origin Southfield, MI
Genres Gospel
Occupations CEO, Singer-songwriter, music producer
Instruments Vocals (Alto)
Years active 1985–present
Labels Light, MCA, CGI/Intersound, Tommy Boy Gospel, Verity, Destiny Joy Records
Associated acts Micheal Richardson, Sr.
Mario Winans
Winans family
Website www.VickieWinans.com

Vickie Winans (born Viviane Bowman on October 18, 1953) is an American Gospel recording artist.

Biography[edit]

The seventh of twelve children, Vickie was born in Detroit, Michigan to Mattie A. Bowman, a housewife, and Aaron Bowman, a father who worked at various times as a laborer, contractor, carpenter and mason. She began singing in church – the International Gospel Center – at the age of eight, and as a teenager she sang with a group known as the International Sounds of Deliverance. Some of her siblings include Beverly Bouldes, Sandi Tyler, Irma Crockett, Annette Tharpe, Aaron Bowman, Jr. (deceased), Carleen Riley, Cathy Williams,[1] Mary Sturdivant, Bryan,and Lorne Bowman.[2]

After high school, she married Bishop Ronald Brown of Faith Tabernacle Deliverance Temple in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Together they had a son, Mario Brown, now known as Mario Winans.[2] In June 1978, she married Marvin Winans of the popular gospel group, The Winans. With Marvin she had a son, Marvin Jr. (Coconut) and Josiah Winans. At the end of 2003, Vickie married businessman, Joe McLemore.[2] Vickie lost her mother, Evangelist Mattie Bowman, on December 12, 2006.[3]

Divorce[edit]

In 1995 Vickie and Marvin Sr. divorced after almost 17 years of marriage. The stress of the divorce caused her to develop ulcers on her esophagus, diabetes and to gain weight. "I was sick from the stress of the divorce." Eventually, Vickie regained her health and re-energized her career.[4]

Career[edit]

It was her marriage to Marvin that led Vickie to consider a career in music. She was asked to, and joined, Winans Part II, a group that included then in-laws BeBe and CeCe Winans and brother Daniel Winans. However, the group never took off as BeBe and CeCe left to join the PTL Singers of the long-running Christian television show, The PTL Club.

Light Records: 1985–1990[edit]

The Winans became the best selling act on their record label, Light Records, and this enabled husband Marvin to secure her a recording contract.[2] Her solo album, Be Encouraged was released in 1987 and became a major gospel hit. The LP included a cover of Dottie Rambo's, "We Shall Behold Him", as well as "First Trumpet Sound," a gospelized remake of Gladys Knight & The Pips' "Midnight Train To Georgia." Be Encouraged netted a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album, a Stellar Award for Album of the Year, and an Excellence Award for Best Female Contemporary Artist.

Her follow-up album, Total Victory was markedly less successful, due in part to the financial floundering of Light Records after its flagship group, The Winans, left to join Quincy Jones' Qwest Records.

MCA Records: 1990–1991[edit]

In 1990, Vickie signed, not to a gospel recording company but to Geffen Records. Unfortunately, Geffen was bought by Universal Records and Vickie's contract was shifted to sister label MCA Records. Dealing with a company that hadn't signed her, she found herself being subtly pushed to tone down the Christian message in her music. "They don't tell you, but you get the vibe," she said in 1999. "I don't ever, ever, ever want to be in that predicament again. It's one thing when you just sing a song where you don't use the actual name of Jesus, but it's a whole 'nother thing when you TRY not to use the name. For me, the name of Jesus will never be distasteful in my mouth. He's always the answer".[5]

Her 1991 MCA release was The Lady which included production by R. Kelly, husband Marvin Winans, and her son Mario. The nine-song album was missing the name Jesus and controversially contained a rendition of West Side Story's "Somewhere". MCA then sent Vickie to that year's Stellar Awards television broadcast with dancers – a move that shocked the conservative Christian community, leading to the Winans having to issue a public apology.[2]

This controversy led to the Gospel community not backing the album, and after also failing to break through on contemporary R&B radio, MCA eventually dropped Winans from their roster.

Intersound/CGI: 1994–2002[edit]

After 3 years without a recording contract, former Word Records executive James Bullard signed Vickie to Intersound Records, an Atlanta-based classical recording label, for which he was forming a gospel music division. Her label debut Vickie Winans rose to #10 on the gospel charts, spawning the hits Work It Out and We Shall Behold Him. However, she developed nodes on her vocal cords, causing her to fail to hit all the right notes in her re-recording of We Shall Behold Him.[2]

Live in Detroit[edit]

She ran across a James Cleveland classic tune from the 1960s called "Long As I Got King Jesus" and used it as the lead single and megahit for a traditionally-styled album in 1997 titled Live In Detroit. Recorded live at Bishop Andrew Merrit's Straight Gate Church, Winans recorded simple arrangements of "Great Is Thy Faithfulness", Bill Gaither's "Because He Lives" and Candi Staton's "The Blood Rushes". Another James Cleveland classic, "No Cross, No Crown", was also a hit from the album.

Intersound/CGI financed a video for "Long As I Got King Jesus", that boosted the sales of the album. It eventually sold 200,000 units.[2] The album earned Winans a Grammy nomination for Best Soul Gospel Album and two Stellar Award nominations for Best Female Vocalist and Best Video ("Long As I Got King Jesus").

Live in Detroit II and Share the Laughter[edit]

Intersound/CGI realized and capitalized on Winans' star quality by planning to release three Vickie Winans albums in 1999; a May release of Live In Detroit II, followed by the Share The Laughter comedy album in July and capping the year with an October release called "Woman To Woman: Songs Of Survival. They launched their most expensive marketing campaign ever to promote the project[citation needed]. They bought full page color ads in magazines, shot a concept video for the song "Already Been To The Water" and hired Capital Entertainment (which handled CeCe Winans and Bishop T. D. Jakes at the time) to handle Winans' press coverage. They were able to book Vickie on Queen Latifah, various BET shows and Jenny Jones, among other high profile television programs and got her the most press coverage she'd had since she toured with the Winans Family Tour in 1992.[2]

Live in Detroit II was a major success, reaching #3 on the gospel charts, only failing to top the charts because of Kirk Franklin's success with The Nu Nation Project in the same year.

Share the Laughter did not do as well, but for a standup comedy album, its sales were far from disappointing considering Intersound/CGI was on its last legs and soon closed.[6]

Hiatus: 2000–2002[edit]

Vickie Winans troubles with recording companies continued after Intersound/CGI closed and released her from her contract. In early 2000, she signed with Tommy Boy Gospel. Woman To Woman was scheduled as the third album in the trilogy, but the label folded before the album could be released.

In 2002, she signed with Verity Records at the invitation of her longtime friend Max Siegel who had assumed leadership of the label.[6]

Verity Records: 2003–2006[edit]

After a four-year hiatus, in 2003, Winans released Bringing It All Together which featured "Shake Yourself Loose", written and produced by her son, Mario. Leaving nothing to chance, she dipped deep into her own pockets to create a marketing strategy that most gospel labels would never spend on a project. She spent well over $200,000 creating five music videos, hiring independent radio teams, promotional marketing teams and creating a 50 city-promotional concert tour to launch the CD.[6]

The strategy paid off as the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard gospel music charts. It spent nine weeks at #1 and a full year in the Top 10.[7] The album also garnered 8 Stellar Award nominations, winning 5, and a Grammy nomination.

Woman to Woman: Songs of Life, was released on August 8, 2006.

The First 8 Track's of The Disk Number 2 on Woman to Woman: Songs of Life was Recorded Live at The House Of Hope In Chicago, Illinois

How I Got Over[edit]

How I Got Over (Destiny Joy Records) is the name of Winans' self-produced CD that was released on August 25, 2009. The eleven-song project is a well-blended collage of traditional and urban contemporary songs.[citation needed] Her first radio single, “How I Got Over” is Winans’ personal testimony. Taking a line from an old hymn classic favorite, Winans creates a brand new song that celebrates her victories, faith and trust in God.[citation needed] It opens with an upbeat, but old school church flavor and breaks down into a contemporary vamp before she slams a closing with her nephew, Tim Bowman Jr. who lays down some jazzy scats. The song's music video was shot in the basement of Winans' home.[8] This album gained Vickie Winans a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Gospel Album.

Current activities[edit]

Most recently, Vickie Winans requested and was granted a release from her recording contract with Verity Records in order to pursue her independent venture, Destiny Joy Records. The new label's name is very personal to Vickie Winans:

"Right after I had my son, Coconut (Marvin Winans Jr.), I got pregnant with a little girl. We were planning to name her Destiny Joy Winans. Unfortunately, however, I miscarried during my fifth month and lost my baby who only weighed one pound. I named that baby Marvlyn Loreal Winans after her father Marvin Lawrence Winans Sr and kept the name Destiny Joy alive - not knowing one day that I would start this label and name it after her".[9]

Through Destiny Joy, she intends to release a fitness DVD titled Laugh While You Lose, a comedy DVD, and a Christmas album, in addition to releases from signees Denise Tichenor and Datisha Pickett[citation needed].

Her profile on BET's Sunday morning TV series "Lift Every Voice" remains the most watched episode in that program's history with over 800,000 viewers.[7]

Recently, Black Entertainment Television (BET) signed Winans to host a new comedy TV series, “A Time to Laugh.” Winans has already begun taping and is signed on to tape 30 episodes that feature her plus other G-rated comedians and inspirational music. The show focuses on good clean family comedy. The series was supposed to debut on BET in January 2010. but never aired. Also In 2011 Winans premiered her new video for the song release it, from her mega hit album How I Got Over. In 2011 she was cast for a part in the 2012 film Sparkle.

Albums[edit]

  • Be Encouraged (Light, 1985)
  • Total Victory (Light, 1989)
  • Best of All (Light, 1991)
  • The Lady (Selah/MCA, 1991)
  • Vickie Winans (Intersound, 1995)
  • Live In Detroit (Intersound, 1997)
  • Live In Detroit II (Intersound, 1999)
  • Share the Laughter (CGI/Platinum, 1999)
  • Best of Vickie Winans (CGI/Platinum, 2002)
  • Bringing It All Together (Verity platinum, 2003)
  • Greatest Hits (Light/Artemis, 2005)
  • Woman to Woman: Songs of Life (Verity, 2006)
  • Happy Holidays from Vickie Winans (Destiny Joy, 2007)
  • Praise & Worship (Verity, 2008)
  • How I Got Over (Destiny Joy, 2009)
  • How I Got Over Remix (Destiny Joy, 2010)
  • Radio One Family Comdedy Tour, Vol.1 (Destiny Joy, 2010)
  • Vickie Winans "Unplugged and Hilarious" Comedy DVD Vol.1 (Destiny Joy, 2012)
  • Vickie Winans "Unplugged and Hilarious" Comedy DVD Vol.2 (Destiny Joy, 2012)
  • Thy Kingdom (Destiny Joy/Sony Music, 2014)

Notable singles[edit]

  • "Don't Throw Your Life Away"
  • "We Shall Behold Him"
  • "Just When (featuring Marvin Winans)"
  • "Work It Out"
  • "Shake Yourself Loose"
  • "It's Alright"
  • "Special Day"
  • "The Rainbow"
  • "Kids Love Jesus Too"
  • "How I Got Over"
  • "Holiday Jam"
  • "Release it"
  • "Long As I Got King Jesus"

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References[edit]

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