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His Gift (1998)

Updated: Nov 20, 2023

His Gift is the third studio and first Christmas album by Christian gospel singer CeCe Winans, released on September 24, 1998 by Atlantic Records' Pioneer Music Group and Sparrow Records. The album is produced by Steve Harvey, Fred Hammond and David Pack.

Although CeCe has released a Christmas album with her brother BeBe Winans in 1993's First Christmas, this is CeCe's first solo Christmas album. BeBe duets with CeCe on the new track "What a Child." The rest of the album is a mix of traditional Christmas songs and original tracks. His Gift peaked at number 3 on the Top Gospel Albums, number 17 on the Top Christian Albums and number 27 on the Top Holiday Albums charts in Billboard magazine. In 1999, CeCe won her first Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for Best Gospel Album for His Gift and in 2000 was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album.

The Pioneer Music Group label folded after the release of His Gift.

Track listing

1. He's Brought Joy to the World (Fred Hammond, Kim Rutherford, Noel Hall) -4:03

2. O Holy Night (Adolphe Adam, John Sullivan Dwight) -4:36

3. Glory to the King (Tam Thomas) -4:11

4. Let's Celebrate Christmas (CeCe Winans, Steve Harvey) -4:09

5. Do You Hear What I Hear? (Noël Regney, Gloria Shayne) -5:16

6. What a Child (duet with BeBe Winans) (CeCe Winans, Roger Ryan) -4:38

7. Go Tell It on the Mountain (traditional; arranged by Noel Hall) -4:01

8. Away in a Manger (traditional; arranged by Roger Ryan) -4:25

9. Christmas Star (Kimmie Rhodes, Kevin Savigar) -5:04

10. We Wish You a Merry Christmas (traditional; arranged by CeCe Winans and Steve Harvey) -4:27


Soul Train Lady of Soul Award -Best Gospel Album (His Gift)

Radio singles

1998 -1999 "Christmas Star" -#30 Christian AC

Previous release: Everlasting Love (1998)

Next release: Alabaxter Box (1999)

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