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Verizon's 2010 Winning Choir Performs At Super Bowl Gospel Celebration 2011

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CeCe Winans, one of the most celebrated female gospel artists, is back on tour after releasing her first solo CD in almost a decade.

Her album, “Let Them Fall in Love,” includes the sounds of big bands and Motown as well as tunes aimed at millennials — like those who attend Nashville Life Christian Church, the nondenominational congregation she and her husband co-pastor in Tennessee.

“It’s throwback but yet it’s relevant,” said Winans, 52, the eighth of 10 children born to the Winans gospel music family.

Before her multicity tour started on Wednesday (May 31), the artist-turned-pastor talked to RNS about her CD, how millennials “really do want to have faith in God,” and her hopes for a future collaboration with an artist not known for gospel music.

The interview was edited for length and clarity.

After winning 10 Grammys, you did not record a solo CD for nine years. Why did you take a break from recording and why did you return to it?

About five years ago my husband and I started a church called Nashville Life and that just took all of my time and my focus. But God’s timing is perfect. My son came up with this whole vision of this particular record. So I already knew what I wanted to do and we were ready to go in and make it happen.

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source: Religion News Service

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