Marvin Winans

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Marvin Winans
Birth nameMarvin Lawrence Winans
Born (1958-03-05) March 5, 1958 (age 65)
OriginDetroit, Michigan
United States
Occupation(s)Singer, Pastor, Actor
Years active1975-present
Labelswith The Winans
Qwest/Warner Bros.
with the Perfected Praise Choir
Sparrow Records
Diamante Music Group
Artemis Gospel
Pure Springs Gospel

Marvin Lawrence Winans (born March 5, 1958) is an American pastor and gospel singer, and a member of the musical Winans family. He is also known for his recurring role in the hit show Tyler Perry's House of Payne.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Winans was born in Detroit, Michigan,[1] the fourth of 10 children of Delores (née Ransom) and David Glenn Winans Sr., who recorded together as "Mom and Pop Winans".[2] His siblings David II, Carvin (his fraternal twin), Benjamin (BeBe), Daniel, Michael, Ronald, Priscilla (CeCe), Deborah (Debbie), Angelique (Angie) also have careers in the music industry singing, writing and producing.

Musical career[edit]

Winans sang in the 1970s with his brothers Ronald, Carvin (his twin) and Michael (the group also included others) as The Testimonial Singers. Their first performance was at a high school talent show. In 1975, the group's name was changed to The Winans. Their musical careers spanned both the 1980s and 1990s. The Winans, who were discovered by Andrae Crouch, released their first album under the new group's name, entitled Introducing The Winans, in 1981. The Winans were greatly influenced by Albertina Walker and her group The Caravans. An organist and pianist, Marvin also wrote songs, and produced for The Winans records, for solo projects from family members, and on other gospel releases. For his vocals on the 1985 song "Bring Back the Days of Yea and Nay", Winans was awarded a Grammy for Best Male Soul Gospel Performance. He and several of his siblings and family members sang The Winans' hit "Tomorrow" at Whitney Houston's funeral. [3]

He released an album featuring the church's choir in 1992 entitled Introducing Perfected Praise. His 2007 release, Alone but Not Alone, was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album. His fourth album entitled Marvin L. Winans presents The Praise + Worship Experience was released in 2012 recorded at his church-Perfecting Church through MLW Productions.

In 1997, he founded the Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts ("WAPA").

In 2007, Winans released his first solo recording, Alone, But Not Alone.

On June 26, 2012, Winans released "Marvin L Winans Presents The Praise and Worship Experience" on his own label, MLW Productions Inc. The album features: Don Moen, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin, Mary Mary, Mom Winans, Roderick Dixon, Bishop Paul Morton amongst others and was recorded at Winans' church in Detroit, Mi.


He founded The Perfecting Church in Detroit, Michigan in 1989. [4] On Saturday, February 18, 2012, at noon (EST), Winans preached the eulogy at Whitney Houston's funeral, at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Marvin was formerly married to gospel singer Viviane "Vickie" Winans (née Bowman) for 16 years, until their divorce in 1995. His sons, Marvin Jr. (Coconut), Josiah Winans, and stepson Mario "Skeeter" Winans are also in the music business. Mario is a producer and R&B singer. Marvin Jr., once a member of Winans Phase 2, is now a solo artist and is also a producer, and Josiah Winans is also a producer featured on Marvin Jr.'s first solo project. Marvin Winans married Deneen Carter on April 22, 2022.


''Introducing The Winans''

''Long Time Comin' ''


''Let My People Go''


''The Winans Live At Carnegie Hall''


''All Out''

''Heart & Soul''

''Christmas: Our Gifts To You''

''Introducing Perfected Praise''


''The Songs of Marvin Winans''

  • Released: 2006 (2006)
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Artemis Gospel

''Alone but Not Alone''


  1. ^ "Flying solo". The Detroit News. 2008-03-21. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
  2. ^ Sisario, Ben (2009-04-10). "David Winans, Gospel Patriarch, Dies at 74". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-12.
  3. ^ Grammy Awards,
  4. ^ WI, Pastor Marvin L. Winans, Perfecting Church Mark 30th Year,, USA, October 9, 2019
  5. ^ Barry Carter, Marvin Winans to lead private funeral for Whitney Houston,, USA, February 15, 2012
  6. ^ a b c Billboard,

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