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CeCe Winans discusses Indiana, youth and politics

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International gospel star Priscilla “CeCe” Winans’ first performance in Indiana took place early in her professional career when she was touring in a duo with brother Benjamin “BeBe” Winans.

Since then she hasn’t made it to the Hoosier state very often, which is why her fans are excited about her upcoming concert next week at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie, about 60 miles from Indianapolis.

“God’s people are everywhere, so I count it an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to sing in Indiana,” Winans said. “When BeBe and I and our family used to come years ago we’ve always had a warm reception, so it’s always good to come that way.”

Winans will appear as part of events surrounding the 25th anniversary of Muncie’s Word of Life Christian Church led by Pastor Bryant and lady Paula Crumes.

“We look forward to having CeCe Winans join us as we celebrate and honor God for a quarter century of ministry and service,” the Crumes noted in a statement.

Winans has just recorded a new CD that is due out by February. She is also working on a reunion project with BeBe Winans and has released a book entitled Always Sisters.

She said the book is a devotional with lessons borrowed from an annual conference she has hosted for young women ages 13 to 26 since 2004.

“The conference is designed to give something back and help equip our young ladies with what they need to live successful lives,” Winans. “The book was lifted from that, and it will uplift the spirits of readers and help shape and mold them into who God wants them to be.”

Winans noted that during the conferences, which include activities and visits from various speakers, she became aware of various challenges that she believes the church should take the lead in addressing.

“Probably the No. 1 challenge is low self-esteem, and it’s appalling how many of our kids we’re losing to suicide,” she said. “Many people take their lead from the wrong places and compare themselves to others, so it’s important to help our youth take their instruction from the word of God and realize who they are and whose they are.”

Winans continued, “They are princes and princesses and children of the king. Your whole outlook on life changes when you begin to see yourself from God’s perspective.”

She added that the rate of AIDS among young Black women is also shocking, and church leaders must be more open about preventing the disease.

Winans, who has had many “ups and downs” in her career offered encouragement for those who are facing challenges in their field.

“Whether you’re a gospel singer or work at IBM, life comes with challenges and being a Christian does not exempt you from those challenges,” she said. “But it does give you strength, because you don’t have to go through everything alone. God is with you, especially if you have a relationship with him, study his word and have a lifestyle that pleases him.”

Winans was told about the concerts Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Byron Cage and other gospel artists will be having for presidential candidate Barack Obama during his campaign in the South Carolina primary.

When asked about her presidential preference, Winans laughed and noted that she has never really endorsed anyone during her career, although she is scheduled to sing at an event for Obama in California.

“I believe we all need to be out there voting and praying for guidance as to who we should support,” she stated. “Whoever gets in will need our support and encouragement to seek God’s counsel and do the right thing.”

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