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Posted October 1, 2010
Spirited debut from Marvin Winans
“Alone But Not Alone” was written quite a few years ago in anticipation that one day I would get enough nerve to do a solo project,” so states Marvin L. Winans and lo and behold, his hope is now reality and available to you. Of the Winans clan, Marvin is the fifth sibling to step forward with a solo offering brothers, Bebe and Daniel and sisters, Cece and Angie have each tested these waters. Some may even credit Ronald Winans with having stepped forward, but he only did so with his somewhat popular “Family & Friends” series. As you and I have experienced over these last 26 years, Marvin Winans is a powerful singer and this solo debut showcases his very disciplined vocal instrument. Well written and well produced is a fitting description for “Alone But Not Alone.” All of the compositions contained here, except 2, are penned by Mr. Winans. The others, along with expert production assistance, are from super producer and writer, Tommy Sims. As Marvin says of Mr. Sims, “You have been the producer I’ve been waiting for!” Tommy Sims has an impressive resume, which details his tour of duties with artists ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Kelly Clarkson to Amy Grant to Marvin’s sister, Cece. “Alone But Not Alone” has an overall contemporary balance with an R&B vibe and a hint of the traditional, thrown in for good measure. While listening to this album, one can’t help but envision Marvin along with his brothers crooning on stage the reason for this is because many of the Winans classics were written and lead by Marvin Winans. The CD opens up with the title track, which instantly brings to mind another Marvin – Marvin Gaye. The intro to “Alone But Not Alone” sounds like a combination of the 1971 classics, “Inner City Blues” and “Mercy Mercy Me.” Don’t be fooled however, because the track quickly transforms into a song of Marvin’s relationship with his Savior. Listen closely too, because the accompanying vocal is not Luther, but Darwin – as in Hobbs, who himself is an incredible vocalist. Other great talents chosen to be on this project include brothers, Carvin and the late Ronald, Kim Burrell, Mark Kibble, Take Six, and two newcomers, DeShondra Rideout and Miss Diamond Tigney. My faves on this solo debut include "and in this order": “I Shall Never”, “My Story”, “Alone But Not Alone”, “I’m Over It Now”, “Peace And Love”, “Just Don’t Wanna Know” and “Sinner’s Prayer”. “Alone But Not Alone” is a spirited debut from Marvin Winans and then too, I wouldn’t expect anything less! BPWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.