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Different Lifestyles (1991)

Different Lifestyles is the fourth studio album by the Christian gospel music duo BeBe & CeCe Winans, released on June 24, 1991 by Sparrow Records and Capitol Records.

After the success of their 1988 album Heaven, BeBe and CeCe return with their next album and would propel them to even further success. Different Lifestyles would give them their first number one hits on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart with "Addictive Love" and a remake of The Staple Singers' 1972 classic "I'll Take You There" (#1 Hot 100, #1 R&B) featuring member Mavis Staples. The latter song would give BeBe and CeCe their only crossover hit, but climbing up to number 90 on the Hot 100 chart. Both songs would also do well on the Christian radio charts. Seven songs were released as singles from 1991 to 1993 in both mainstream R&B and CCM radio. With the album being produced by Keith Thomas that same year, Thomas also co-produced Amy Grant's mainstream success album Heart in Motion. Additional production by BeBe Winans and Rhett Lawrence.

Different Lifestyles ranks in the top ten on CCM Magazine's 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music at number ten. The album also features rapper MC Hammer on the track "The Blood" at the height of his career. Different Lifestyles climbs to number one on both Top Gospel Albums and Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums charts while peaking at number three on the Top Christian Albums and number 74 on the Top 200 Albums charts in Billboard magazine. The album went platinum selling over a million copies in 1993. BeBe & CeCe won their first Grammy together as a duo (they previously won Grammys individually) for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album at the 34th Grammy Awards in 1992. That same year at the 23rd GMA Dove Awards, BeBe and CeCe won two Dove Awards for Group of the Year and Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year for "Addictive Love."

Track listing

1. Depend On You (BeBe Winans, Keith Thomas, Debra Winans) -4:24

2. Addictive Love (BeBe Winans, CeCe Winans, Keith Thomas) -5:25

3. It's O.K. (BeBe Winans, Keith Thomas) -4:08

4. The Blood (featuring MC Hammer) (BeBe Winans, Rhett Lawrence, Dean

Pitchford) -4:55

5. Two Different Lifestyles (BeBe Winans, Cedric Caldwell) -4:55

6. Supposed to Be (BeBe Winans, Keith Thomas) -4:30

7. I'll Take You There (featuring Mavis Staples) (Alvertis Isbell) -4:20

8. You Know and I Know (BeBe Winans, Cedric Caldwell) -3:46

9. Searching for Love (It's Real) (BeBe Winans, Angie Winans) -5:33

10. Better Place (BeBe Winans, CeCe Winans) -4:11

11. Can't Take This Away (BeBe Winans, Rhett Lawrence) -4:46

12. Addictive Love (extended version) -6:27

Production credits

Keith Thomas -producer (tracks 1 -3, 5 -7, 12)

BeBe Winans -producer (tracks 8 -11)

Rhett Lawrence -producer (tracks 4 and 11)

Platinum certified in 1993.


Grammy Award -Best Contemporary Soul Gospel (Different Lifestyles)

Dove Award -Group of the Year

Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year ("Addictive Love")

NAACP Image Award -Best Gospel Artist

Soul Train Music Award -Best Gospel Album (Different Lifestyles)

Radio singles

"Addictive Love" -#1 Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Songs, #1 Christian CHR, #1 Christian AC

"I'll Take You There" (featuring Mavis Staples) -#1 Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Songs,

#1 Christian CHR, #3 Christian AC, #90 Billboard Hot 100

"It's O.K." -#6 Billboard R&B Hip Hop Songs, #7 Christian CHR, #3 Christian AC

"Depend On You" -#24 Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Songs, #2 Christian CHR

"Two Different Lifestyles" -#8 Christian AC, #78 Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Songs

"The Blood" (featuring MC Hammer) -#8 Christian CHR

"Can't Take This Away" -#13 Christian CHR

Previous release: Heaven (1988)

Next release: First Christmas (1993)

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