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Alone But Not Alone

Alone But Not Alone

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by Marvin Winans
As one-fourth of legendary gospel quartet the Winans, Marvin Winans was used to blurring the divide between contemporary gospel and urban music. It's no surprise, then, that Alone But Not Alone, his lifetime-in-the-making solo debut, is more R&B than sanctified church praise, a style he favored for the couple of under-the-radar


As one-fourth of legendary gospel quartet the Winans, Marvin Winans was used to blurring the divide between contemporary gospel and urban music. It's no surprise, then, that Alone But Not Alone, his lifetime-in-the-making solo debut, is more R&B than sanctified church praise, a style he favored for the couple of under-the-radar albums he released alongside the church he pastors, Detroit's Perfecting Church. While Winans may look like a minister in the cover art for Alone But Not Alone, the album sees him taking off his pastoral hat and turning into a consummate soul man, singing to the common man about his beliefs, his hope, and his purpose in life, all to the sounds of classic R&B, elegantly produced by Nashville veteran Tommy Sims. Winans couldn't have asked for a better sidekick -- the two complement each other's talents marvelously, each one turning in some of their most inspired -- and inspiring -- work yet. The guests themselves -- Kim Burrell, Carvin Winans, Darwin Hobbs, and the late Ronald Winans, among others -- bring an added touch of class to the singer's already classy get-together, one worthy of a modern-day Stevie Wonder or Teddy Pendergrass. With so much mainstream appeal, it's easy to fall prey to inspirational niceties, but, thankfully, Winans circumvents that, referencing his faith straightforwardly and with conviction, yet seldom coming across as preachy or pushy in the process. Part of the reason the more spiritually framed songs work is the music, which ranks as some of the most soulful to ever come from a member of the Winans family. When the sound is this alluring, this disarming, one can't help but just go to the church of Marvin Winans -- one where contemporary gospel and straight-edge soul coexist as if they were meant to worship together all along.

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Emi Gospel


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marvin Winans   Primary Artist,Piano
Winans   Background Vocals
Tyrone Dickerson   Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Javier Solís   Percussion,Drums
Lafayette Carthon   Piano
Jeff Coffin   Woodwind
David Davidson   Strings
Mark Douthit   Woodwind
Barry Green   Brass
Mike Haynes   Brass
Sam Levine   Woodwind
Jerry McPherson   Rhythm Guitar
Doug Moffett   Woodwind
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Steve Patrick   Brass
Tommy Sims   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Acoustic Bass,fender rhodes,Moog Bass
Pamela Sixfin   Strings
Bobby Taylor   Woodwind
Daniel Weatherspoon   Hammond B3
Tim Akers   Piano,Keyboards
Dan Needham   Drums
Peter Penrose   Background Vocals
Kim Burrell   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Andrew Ramsey   Rhythm Guitar
Juan Winans   Background Vocals
Daniel Witherspoon   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Jerard Woods   Background Vocals
Darwin Hobbs   Background Vocals
Debbie Winans-Lowe   Background Vocals
LeAnne Palmore   Background Vocals
Marvin Sims   Drums
Melinda Doolittle   Background Vocals
Jovaun Woods   Background Vocals
Jennifer Plummer   Brass
Diamond Tigney   Vocals
Perfecting Youth Chorale   Vocals
Jennifer Plummer   Brass
DeShondra Rideout   Vocals
Doug Moffit   Woodwind
Darrell Tibbs   Percussion
Kids Of The Kingdom   Vocals

Technical Credits

Danny Duncan   Engineer
Lloyd Barry   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Tom Howard   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Mark Kibble   Vocal Arrangements
Bryan Lenox   Engineer
Rob Mathes   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Tommy Sims   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Audio Production
Marvin Winans   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Tim Akers   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Andy Selby   Engineer
Drew Douthit   Engineer

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Alone But Not Alone 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
“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! BP