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Believe For It (2021)

Updated: May 9

Believe for It is the first live album by Christian gospel singer CeCe Winans. It was released on March 12, 2021 by PureSpring Gospel with marketing and distribution by Fair Trade and Sony Music. The album is produced by Kyle Lee.

Believe for It marks CeCe's first live album in her solo career and the first non-holiday release in four years since Let Them Fall in Love (2017). The album was recorded in late 2020 at the TBN Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, with a small audience in attendance due to COVID-19 pandemic social distancing guidelines.

The album consists of cover worship songs and some original compositions and was supported by the release of "Never Lost" and the title song as singles. "Never Lost" peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs and topped the Gospel Airplay chart. The title song topped both the Billboard Hot Gospel and Gospel Airplay charts and charted on the Christian radio charts peaking at number 9 on the Hot Christian Songs, number 7 on Christian Airplay and number 6 on the Christian AC Airplay charts. The title song's single was available in three versions: the regular live album version, a studio version and a duet version featuring Christian singer - songwriter Lauren Daigle. Another version of "Believe for It" was released as a stand-alone single on August 2022 featuring CeCe singing in English and Brazilian Christian worship singer and songwriter Gabriela Rocha singing in Portuguese.

On April 1, 2022, CeCe released the deluxe edition of Believe for It, containing additional studio versions of previously released songs and a new song titled "I've Got Joy." The album topped the Billboard Top Gospel Albums and peaked at number 3 on the Top Christian Albums charts. CeCe won both Grammy and Dove Awards for the album and its tracks, and in 2022 won the Dove Award's top prize for Song of the Year for "Believe For It" (see Accolades below). Another track from the album, "Goodness of God," (originally recorded by Bethel Music and Jenn Johnson in 2019) won Song of the Year in 2023 given to its writers.

Track listings on the Deluxe Edition

1. Fire (CeCe Winans, Kyle Lee, Dwan Hill) -7:14

2. Never Lost (Steven Furtick, Chris Brown, Tiffany Hammer) -6:44

3. Believe For It (CeCe Winans, Kyle Lee, Dwan Hill, Mitch Wong) -8:23

4. King of Glory (Todd Anthony Dulaney) -10:36

5. Worthy Of It All (David Brymer, Ryan Hall) -5:30

6. Hunger (Madison Gracie Binion, Mitch Wong) -5:38

7. Just to Be Close to You (Fred Hammond, Noel Hall) -3:33

8. Shepherd (Dwan Hill) -6:19

9. Alabaster Box (Janice Sjostrand) -5:42

10. Jesus You're Beautiful (Nathan Sabin) -7:14

11. I Have a Savior (Leeland Mooring, Anna Byrd, Kyle Lee) -9:19

12. Goodness of God (Ed Cash, Jenn and Brian Johnson, Jason Ingrim, Ben Fielding) -4:58

13. No Greater (Alvin Love III) -8:43

14. Never Lost (studio version) -4:11

15. Believe for It (studio version) -3:49

16. I Have a Savior (studio version) -4:41

17. No Greater (studio version) -4:17

18. I've Got Joy (Phil Wickham, Kyle Lee) -3:39


Dove Award - 2021 Gospel Artist of the Year

2021 Gospel Worship Album of the Year (Believe For It)

2021 Gospel Worship Recorded Song of the Year ("Believe For It")

2022 Song of the Year ("Believe For It" with Kyle Lee, Dwan Lee and

Mitch Wong)

Grammy Award -Best Gospel Album (Believe For It)

Best Gospel Performance/Song ("Never Lost")

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

("Believe For It)

Radio singles

2020 "Never Lost" -#2 Billboard Hot Gospel Songs, #1 Billboard Gospel Airplay

2021 "Believe For It" -#1 Billboard Hot Gospel Songs, #1 Billboard Gospel Airplay,

#9 Billboard Hot Christian Songs, #7 Billboard Christian Airplay, #6 Billboard

Christian AC Airplay

2021 -2023 "Goodness of God" -#2 Billboard Hot Gospel Songs, #1 Billboard

Gospel Airplay, #6 Billboard Hot Christian Songs, #33 Billboard Christian Airplay

2022 "I've Got Joy" -#11 Billboard Hot Gospel Songs, #26 Billboard Hot Christian Songs, #21 Billboard Christian Airplay, #19 Billboard Christian AC Airplay

2022 "Believe For It (Eu Creio)" with Gabriela Rocha -#24 Billboard Hot Gospel Songs, #38 Billboard Christian Airplay

2023 "Worthy Of It All" -#10 Billboard Hot Gospel Songs

Next release: More Than This (2024)

Watch the full-length concert video of CeCe Winans: Believe for It here:

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