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Love & Freedom
     

Love & Freedom

5.0 4
by BeBe Winans
 
On the breathtaking Love & Freedom, gospel impresario BeBe Winans skillfully steps outside the boundaries of religious music with a set of secular yet inspired love songs. Guest appearances by Brian McKnight and Joe on the reflective lead single "Coming Back Home," Stephanie Mills on the stirring ballad

Overview

On the breathtaking Love & Freedom, gospel impresario BeBe Winans skillfully steps outside the boundaries of religious music with a set of secular yet inspired love songs. Guest appearances by Brian McKnight and Joe on the reflective lead single "Coming Back Home," Stephanie Mills on the stirring ballad "Everyday," and sister CeCe on the yearning, mid-tempo track "Tonight Tonight," help position BeBe as one of R&B's most sought after leading men. With 13 years of pew-impassioned vocal training, however, BeBe has not forsaken his gospel roots altogether. With a little help from his friends, Stevie Wonder and brother Marvin L. Winans, BeBe goes to church on Wonder's powerful contemporary hymn "Jesus Children of America," and he is accompanied by an angelic choir on the testimonial "Stand." Whether he's praising the Lord or lamenting lost love, BeBe Winans's graceful, honey-coated vocals are surely heaven-sent.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Gospel vocalist BeBe Winans follows up 1997's Bebe Winans with a decent second release, entitled Love and Freedom. He aims to discover his own musical perfection while trying to ignore the massive success of his gospel singing family. Love and Freedom is spirited with urban loops and heavy soul, but BeBe lacks spark. Known for his incredible collaborations with sister CeCe Winans, Bebe loses such fire found in his previous material. He does, however, bring things to the helm by working with some of R&B's most notable stars. "Jesus Children of America" features songwriting skills of Stevie Wonder, and "Everyday" showcases the vocalic beauty of fellow gospel starlet Stephanie Mills. This may carry the overall material, but noticeably, BeBe is still yearning to break out his well-known, passionate skills. Let's hope it comes sooner than later.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2000
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0601215940527
catalogNumber:
159405

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

BeBe Winans   Primary Artist,Piano,Background Vocals
Stephanie Mills   Track Performer
Luther Vandross   Background Vocals
Brian McKnight   Background Vocals
Tawatha Agee   Background Vocals
Shane Keister   Hammond Organ
Juanita Edwards   Background Vocals
Marc Harris   Keyboards,Hammond Synth
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Jesse Katina   Background Vocals
John Katina   Background Vocals
Joseph Katina   Background Vocals
Nigel Lowis   Keyboards
Paulette McWilliams   Background Vocals
Ann McCrary   Background Vocals
Cindy Mizelle   Background Vocals
Daryl Simmons   Keyboards
Andy Snitzer   Tenor Saxophone
Vance Taylor   Piano
Fonzi Thornton   Background Vocals
Wanda Watkins   Background Vocals
Marvin Winans   Track Performer
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica
Jim Hynes   Trumpet
CeCe Winans   Track Performer
John Wheeler   Trombone
Russ Desalvo   Guitar,Keyboards
Dee Dee Holt   Drums
Andrew Ramsey   Guitar
Christopher Jennings   Drums
Gene Perez   Bass
Tiffany Palmer   Background Vocals
Eric Johnson   Bass,Keyboards
Dorian Daniels   Synthesizer Bass
Patrick Carroll   Bass,Percussion

Technical Credits

Luther Vandross   Vocal Arrangements
All-Star   Producer
Steven Barkan   Engineer
Cedric Caldwell   Producer
Victor Caldwell   Producer
Jeff Chestek   Engineer
Melvin Gentry   Programming
Tony Green   Engineer
Mick Guzauski   Producer,Engineer
Marc Harris   Programming,Producer
Nigel Lowis   Producer
Kedar Massenburg   Producer
Donnie McClurkin   Vocal Arrangements
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
Neil Pogue   Engineer
Daryl Simmons   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
"Little" Louie Vega   Producer
Ken Wallace   Engineer
Anthony Jeffries   Engineer
Russ Desalvo   Arranger,Producer
BeBe Winans   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Angelo Quaglia   Engineer
Jan Fairchild   Engineer
Christopher Jennings   Producer
Evan Lamberg   Producer
Eric Johnson   Producer
Gareth Lucking   Engineer
Patrick Carroll   drum programming

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Love & Freedom 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although always having admired BeBe Winans' vocal talents, I am the only lover of gospel music I know who finds the arrangements on his gospel recordings mediocre. I recently saw him and several of the featured artists from Love and Freedom perform their respective cuts from this CD on the Oprah Winfrey show. While their are included some inspirational lyrics performed with great styling, most of the selections express romantic feelings with a soulfulness which can uplift your spirits considerably. Immediately upon watching the broadcast, I sent a copy of Love and Freedom to a friend who concurred that this is a choice CD to be enjoyed henceforth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
BeBe has a way of really conveying to God just how much we need him and love him. His music always has blessed me because you can truly tell that he has a relationship with God. It shows just how much more in love with God he is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I brought a BeBe CD for the first time and I can't stop listening to it. It is truly and inspiration to me and I continue to use as a daily reminder that Christ is in my life....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This music just thrills my heart and soul. I plan to give this CD as a Christmas gift.