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When Sunday ComesGospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras$
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Claudrena N. Harold

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043574

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043574.001.0001

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Hold Up the Light

Hold Up the Light

The Crossover Success of BeBe and CeCe Winans

(p.164) Chapter 9 Hold Up the Light
When Sunday Comes

Claudrena N. Harold

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the crossover success of BeBe and CeCe Winans, moving with the duo as they developed their voices in Detroit, found their big break at Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Praise the Lord (PTL) network in Charlotte, and then settled in the center of the Christian music world, Nashville. It details how their brilliant fusion of R&B and gospel pop led to the gold- and platinum-selling success of Heaven and Different Lifestyles. Through an analysis of BeBe and CeCe Winans’ hit records, their uplifting yet ecumenical messages, and their very public friendship with Whitney Houston, this chapter details how the duo harnessed the power of youth, positive thinking, and celebrity to achieve success in a variety of music markets.

Keywords:   BeBe and CeCe Winans, PTL, Heaven, Different Lifestyles, Whitney Houston, crossover

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