CeCe Winans
More Than This
PureSprings Gospel / Fair Trade Services LLC (release date: April 26, 2024)

By Robert M. Marovich

Fresh off her multi-award-winning debut live project Believe For It, CeCe Winans drops another five-star live project with More Than This.

From the aerobic and pop-infused P&W “Lord and Friend” to the vibrant but somewhat lyrically cloying closing cut “In a Little While,” the album is joyous, the energy abundant, and the singalong audience often as much a part of the recording as Winans and her singers and musicians.

As always, Winans’ warm and captivating voice embraces, soothes, and invites listeners into an intimate worship experience, even in a cavernous megachurch. Winans is a consummate professional in full command of her audience, guiding the spiritual ebb and flow of the worship service like a conductor directing an orchestra. Though her more recent music sounds closer to CCM, her gospel-honed vocals inject soul into the honeyed melodies.

The current single from the new album is the vigorous and rhythmic “That’s My King.” Especially affecting selections include the worship ballad “Be Still and Know,” based on Psalm 46:10. “Too Late to Lose” is a power ballad of encouragement. Winans even weaves the beloved African American congregational hymn “Oh, the Blood of Jesus” into the mix. Todd Dulaney joins Winans on the anthemic title track, offering a lifetime-plus of praise.

The most gospel-flavored song is “Come Jesus Come,” a dramatically-sung tearjerker that earnestly awaits Jesus’s return to turn the world around. The melodies of songs like “Holy Forever” and “Is He Worthy” are a welcome relief from the all-too-frequently derivative P&W fare. Producer Kyle Lee and co-producers Thomas Hardin Jr. and Tyrone Jackson give the album a crisp studio quality while capturing the electricity of the live audience.

With More Than This, CeCe Winans demonstrates why she is the most honored gospel artist in modern times.

Five of Five Stars

Picks: “That’s My King,” “Holy Forever,” “Come Jesus Come”

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Written by : Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.