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The groundbreaking gospel duo BeBe & CeCe Winans has announced that they will be reuniting for a new album after 13 years of solo careers.
The multi-award winning brother-sister twosome, whose real names are Benjamin and Priscilla Winans, have plans to release their newest album in the upcoming fall to the delight of many gospel fans.
Since their split to pursue solo careers, they have only recorded twice together with the songs What a Child and Tonight Tonight.
"I'm very excited that the time has finally come for Bebe and I to reunite and encourage the world with uplifting, soul-changing music," expressed CeCe in Top40-Charts.com.
BeBe & CeCe Winans have made much history since they first began in 1982. They were the first African-Americans to receive a high amount of airplay on Contemporary Christian Music stations and were only the second black group to receive a Dove Award.
They have had much crossover success, scoring a couple of No. 1 singles in the R&B genre as well as being the first gospel artists to have a No. 1 record on Billboard charts with their 1988 release Heaven.
The two have racked up an impressive number of awards including five Grammys, eight Dove Awards, and over a dozen Stellar Awards as well as three gold and one platinum albums.
The two plan on building off their booming past.
"I'm so grateful of Bebe & Cece's past accomplishments, added BeBe. But I'm so excited about coming back together and blazing new trails of hope into the hearts of people all around the world."
Besides their time together, the two have gone onto successful solo careers. BeBe released many winning solo projects, did some work as a producer, and also appeared on stage and in film. CeCe, among other things, has gone on to release seven gold and platinum albums.
The two were most recently seen reunited with Melinda Doolittle, their former backup singer, in the American Idol finale last Wednesday when they performed Hold Up the Light.
The two are also part of a huge family from Detroit who are all gospel singers. They were the seventh and eighth Winans children in birth order.
More information regarding the CD will be released in the upcoming months.