Heaven (BeBe & CeCe Winans album)

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Heaven
Heaven (BeBe & CeCe Winans album).jpg
Studio album by BeBe & CeCe Winans
Released September 1988
Genre Contemporary Gospel, contemporary Christian
Length 50:46
Label Sparrow/Capitol
Producer Keith Thomas
BeBe & CeCe Winans chronology
BeBe & CeCe Winans
(1987)BeBe & CeCe Winans1987
Heaven
(1988)
Different Lifestyles
(1991)Different Lifestyles1991

Heaven is the third album released by brother and sister duo BeBe & CeCe Winans and their second released on Capitol Records.[1] It was number one on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.

Smooth jazz musician Lonnie Liston Smith covered the title song from his 1990 album, Love Goddess

Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams, featuring fellow singer Carl Thomas also covered the title song in the closing track from her 2002 solo debut, Heart to Yours.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Heaven"Keith Thomas, Benjamin Winans4:42
2."Celebrate New Life" (featuring Whitney Houston)Keith Thomas, Benjamin Winans3:44
3."Lost Without You"Keith Thomas, Benjamin Winans4:12
4."You"Mark Kibble, Michael Lawrence, Mervyn Warren, Benjamin Winans4:43
5."Wanna Be More"Benjamin Winans4:40
6."Hold Up the Light" (featuring Whitney Houston)Percy Bady, Benjamin Winans4:52
7."Meantime"Keith Thomas, Benjamin Winans5:06
8."Don't Cry"Keith Thomas, Benjamin Winans4:21
9."Trust Him"Keith Thomas, Benjamin Winans4:30
10."Bridge Over Troubled Water"Paul Simon3:52
11."Heaven (Extended mix)" 6:06

Personnel[edit]

Vocals
  • BeBe Winans – lead vocals, backing vocals (1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9)
  • CeCe Winans – lead vocals, backing vocals (1-4, 6, 7, 9)
  • Alvin Chea – bass vocals (1)
  • Margaret Bell – backing vocals (2, 4, 9)
  • Whitney Houston – backing vocals (2), guest vocals (6)
  • Claude V. McKnight III – backing vocals (4)
  • Meryvn Warren – backing vocals (4, 9)
  • Angie Winans – backing vocals (6)
  • Debbie Winans – backing vocals (6)
  • Gino Speight – backing vocals (9)
  • Hezekiah Walker and The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir – backing vocals (10)
  • Backing vocals on all tracks arranged by BeBe Winans and Keith Thomas, except Track 9 arranged by Meryvn Warren.
Musicians
  • Keith Thomas – arrangements, synthesizer (1-9), bass (1-4, 6, 7, 9), Synclavier (1-4, 10), acoustic piano (5, 8), guitar synthesizer (6), horn arrangement (6), programming (10)
  • Brett Perry – Synclavier programming (1-10)
  • Percy Bady – synthesizer (6), arrangements (6), horn arrangement (6)
  • Mark Hammond – additional drum programming (1), drum machine programming (2, 6, 9), additional programming (3)
  • Paul Leim – drums (5, 7, 8)
  • Terry McMillan – percussion (5, 7)
  • Jimmie Lee Sloas – bass (5)
  • Gary Lunn – bass (8)
  • Paul Jackson Jr. – guitar (1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9)
  • Ira Siegel – guitar (2, 6)
  • Tom Hemby – guitar (5)
  • Mark Douthit – saxophone (6)
  • Mike Haynes – trumpet (6)
  • Sam Levine – saxophone (6)
  • Chris McDonald – trombone (6), horn arrangement (6)
  • George Tidwell – trumpet (6)
  • Gerald Albright – saxophone (9)
  • Jeremy Lubbock – string arrangements (1-4, 6-10), conductor (1-10)
  • Ronn Huff – string arrangements (5)
  • The Nashville String Machine – strings (1-10)

Production[edit]

  • Producer – Keith Thomas
  • Executive Producers – Michael Brown and Wayne Edwards
  • Production Assistance – Todd Moore and Brett Perry
  • Recorded and Mixed by Jeff Balding
  • Additional Engineering – Billy Whittington
  • Assistant Recording – Steve Bishir, Chris Bubcaz, Craig Hansen, Shawn McLean, Todd Moore, Mark Nevers, Tom Singers, Carry Summers and Kevin Twit.
  • Mix Assistant – Carry Summers
  • Recorded at OmniSound Studios, Digital Recorders, Gold Mine Studio and Center Stage Studios (Nashville, TN); The Castle (Franklin, TN); The Hit Factory (New York, NY); Bunny Hop Studios (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Mixed at OmniSound Studios and Digital Recorders.
  • Masteted by Steve Hall at Future Disc (Hollywood, CA).
  • Art Direction – Tommy Steele
  • Design – Stan Evenson Design, Inc.
  • Photography – Victoria Pearson
  • Management – David Sonenberg

Charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position[2]
U.S. Billboard Top Pop Albums 95
U.S. Billboard Top R&B Albums 10
U.S. Top Gospel Albums (Billboard) 1
U.S. Top Contemporary Christian Albums (Billboard) 3

Singles

Year Title US
R&B
[3]
1988 "Heaven" 12
1989 "Lost Without You" 8
"Celebrate New Life" (feat. Whitney Houston) 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ BeBe & CeCe Winans - Album Discography.Allmusic
  2. ^ BeBe & CeCe Winans - Albums and Singles Chart History.Billboard
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 631.