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Alone in His Presence (1995)


Alone in His Presence is the debut solo album by Christian gospel singer CeCe Winans, released on September 28, 1995 on Sparrow Records. The majority of the album is produced by brothers Cedric and Victor Caldwell, along with Greg Nelson and CeCe's brother BeBe Winans producing one track each.


Alone in His Presence is a mix of some contemporary and traditional gospel songs with hymns and covers. CeCe covers the Steven Curtis Chapman track "His Strength is Perfect." A music video was made for the song "Every Time," but is more of an R&B video remix than the regular studio version. This version is not available retail-wise as a single, just made for the video. CeCe's mother Delores (Mom Winans) duets on the hymn "Great is Thy Faithfulness." The album climbed to number 2 on both Billboard Top Gospel Albums and Top Christian Albums and peaked at number 124 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.


In 1996, CeCe won her fourth Grammy Award overall (her third as a solo act) for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album at the 38th Grammy Awards and has won two Dove Awards for Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year, along with Mom Winans, with "Great is Thy Faithfulness" and Female Vocalist of the Year at the 27th GMA Dove Awards. CeCe is the first African-American singer to win in the Female Vocalist category and won it the following year. Alone in His Presence was certified Gold in 1997 and Platinum in 2001 by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of a million copies.


Track listing


1. Overture (Angie Winans, Cedric and Victor Caldwell) -1:34

2. Alone in His Presence (CeCe Winans, Cedric and Victor Caldwell) -4:07

3. I Surrender All (Judson W. Van DeVenter, Winfield S. Weeden) -5:30

4. Because of You (CeCe Winans, Cedric and Victor Caldwell) -4:53

5. His Strength is Perfect (Steven Curtis Chapman, Jerry Salley) -4:37

6. Every Time (Marvin Winans) -4:08

7. Great Is Thy Faithfulness (duet with Mom Winans) (Thomas O. Chisholm, William M. Runyan) -5:01

8. Praise Medley (arranged by Alan Moore) -5:03

Emmanuel (Bob McGee)

Give Thanks (Henry Smith)

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee (Henry van Dyke, Ludwig van Beethoven)

Just to Praise You (Arthur Tannous)

O Come All Ye Faithful (John Francis Wade)

Worthy (Sybil Winans)

9. Blessed Assurance (Franny Crosby, Phoebe Knapp) -3:42

10. Blood Medley: Lamb of God/The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power (Twila Paris/

Andraé Crouch) -4:38

11. He's Always There (CeCe Winans, Madeline Stone) -3:47

12. Alone in His Presence (reprise) -1:17


Gold certified in 1997.

Platinum certified in 2001.


Production credits


Cedric and Victor Caldwell -producers (tracks 1, 2, 4 -10 and 12)

Greg Nelson -producer (track 3)

BeBe Winans -producer (track 11)


Accolades

Grammy Award -Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album (Alone in His Presence)

Dove Award -1996, 1997 Female Vocalist of the Year

1996 Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year ("Great is Thy Faithfulness" with Mom Winans)


Radio singles

1995 "He's Always There" -#36 Christian AC

1995 "Every Time" -#18 Christian AC


Watch the music video of "Every Time" here:


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