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Everlasting Love (1998)

Updated: Jan 29


Everlasting Love is the second solo album by Christian gospel singer CeCe Winans, released on March 17, 1998 by Atlantic Records' Pioneer Music Group and Sparrow Records.


Prior to this album's release, CeCe collaborated with her friend and American R&B/Pop singer Whitney Houston on the track "Count on Me," taken from the 1995 motion picture soundtrack Waiting to Exhale (in which Houston co-starred in) and gave CeCe her only crossover appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart peaking into the Top 10 at number 8 in 1996.


Two years later, CeCe returns with her second solo album and this time decided to record a full-fledged urban R&B/soul album, enlisting an impressive array of guest artists, writers and producers -- including Keith Crouch, Tony Rich, Lauryn Hill, Diane Warren, Daryl Simmons and Tommy Sims. "Well, Alright" was released as the first single and music video to the mainstream R&B market while "What About You" was serviced to the Christian and gospel market. The album was ranked at number 51 by CCM Magazine in their 2001 book The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music.


Everlasting Love topped the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart while placing in the following Billboard album charts:


#2 Top Christian Albums

#35 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums

#107 Billboard Top 200


The album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album in 1999.


Track listing


1. Well, Alright (CeCe Winans, Keith Crouch, John "Jubu" Smith) -4:19

2. Life (Chaka Blackmon, Stephen Brown, Eric Dawkins, Tynetta Hare) -4:10

3. What About You (CeCe Winans, Tony Rich) -4:16

4. Everlasting Love (Tommy Sims) -4:40

5. I Am (CeCe Winans, Keith Crouch, John "Jubu" Smith) -4:20

6. Slippin' (CeCe Winans, Sylvia Bennett-Smith, Deconzo Smith) -4:36

7. The Wind (Tears for You) (Tommy Sims) -4:49

8. Come On Back Home (CeCe Winans, Cedric and Victor Caldwell) -4:09

9. Feel the Spirit (CeCe Winans, Cedric and Victor Caldwell) -4:04

10. The Healing Part (Jamie Houston, Brock Walsh) -4:03

11. Listen With Your Heart (Diane Warren) -4:42

12. On That Day (Lauryn Hill) -4:04

13. Just Come (CeCe Winans, Madeline Stone) -3:56


Production credits


Keith Crouch -producer (tracks 1 and 5)

Eric Dawkins -producer (tracks 2, 6 and 9)

Babyboy and ChakDaddy -co-producers (tracks 2 and 6)

Tony Rich -producer (track 3)

Tommy Sims -producer (tracks 4 and 7)

Cedric and Victor Caldwell -producers (tracks 8 and 10)

CeCe Winans and Victor Masondo -co-producers (track 9)

Daryl Simmons -producers (tracks 11 and 13)

Lauryn Hill -producer (track 12)


Radio singles

1998 "Well, Alright" -#47 Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs, #12 Billboard Adult R&B Songs

1998 "What About You" -#2 Christian AC

1998 "I Am" -#17 Christian AC


Previous release: Alone in His Presence (1995)

Next release: The Gift (1998)

Watch the music video of "Well, Alright" here:


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