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First Christmas (1993)

Updated: Nov 19, 2023

First Christmas is the fifth studio and Christmas album by the Christian gospel music duo BeBe & CeCe Winans, released on October 25, 1993 by Sparrow and Capitol Records.

Their Christmas album is a mix of traditional Christmas songs and original songs. BeBe & CeCe also covers The Five Stairsteps 1970 hit "O-o-h Child" (#8 Hot 100, #14 R&B) with their parents and husband and wife gospel duo Mom & Pop Winans as guest vocalists. First Christmas also contains two previously released songs from other projects: "Silent Night, Holy Night" taken from the 1988 various artists album Christmas from Sparrow Records and "For Unto Us (A Child Is Born)" from the various artists album The New Young Messiah that was released the same year.

This album showcased BeBe's production skills and led to him doing production work with R&B superstar and family friend Whitney Houston on the soundtrack to her motion picture debut The Bodyguard as well as production and writing music for artists such as Gladys Knight, Bobby Brown, The Clark Sisters and his younger sisters Angie & Debbie Winans. First Christmas climbed up to number 12 on the Top Christian Albums, number 23 on the Top Gospel Albums, number 17 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums and number 163 on the Top 200 Albums charts in Billboard magazine.

Track listing

1. Jingle Bells (James Lord Pierpont) -4:24

2. Silver Bells (Jay Livingston, Ray Evans) -4:18

3. Give Me a Star (BeBe Winans) -5:01

4. Joy to the World (traditional; arranged by Jimmy Wakely) -4:50

5. I Love You (BeBe Winans, Angie Winans) -4:37

6. Silent Night, Holy Night (Franz Xaver Gruber, Joseph Mohr) -5:25

7. Hark! The Herald Angel Sing (traditional; arranged by BeBe Winans and

Victor Caldwell) -5:23

8. White Christmas (Irving Berlin) -4:59

9. O-o-h Child (guest vocals by Mom & Pop Winans) (Stan Vincent) -5:14

10. For Unto Us (A Child Is Born) (Georg Friedrich Händel; arranged by Cedric

Caldwell) -4:31

11. All Because (CeCe Winans, Madeline Stone) -4:11

12. The First Noel (traditional; arranged by BeBe Winans, Cedric Caldwell,

David Foster and Jeremy Lubbock) -6:03

Production credits

BeBe Winans -producer (tracks 2, 3, 5, 7 -9 and 11)

Cedric Caldwell -producer (tracks 2, 3, 7 -9 and 11)

Steve Harvey -producer (tracks 1 and 4)

Billy Smiley -producer (track 6)

Greg Nelson -producer (track 10)

David Foster -producer (track 12)

Radio singles

1994 "Jingle Bells" -#36 Billboard Adult R&B Airplay

Previous release: Different Lifestyles (1991)

Next release: Relationships (1994)

Watch the music video of "Jingle Bells" here:

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