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Marvin Winans is known as an American gospel singer, actor. He is most famous for being a member of the band "Winans Family."
Marvin Lawrence Winans was born on March 5th, 1958. He and his fraternal twin brother, Carvin, born first, were the third and fourth children born to David "Pop" Winans, Sr. and Delores "Mom" Winans. He spent his childhood in Detroit, Michigan, with nine siblings.
Marriage, Wife, and Children
Marvin was married to a woman named Vickie Bowman. The couple got married in 1978 and had a son, Marvin Jr. Marvin also adopted Vickie's son, Mario, from her previous marriage. His wife, Vickie Winans, is also a gospel singer and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. Before meeting Marvin, she lived through a few failed marriages and a miscarriage. She gave up her career in music and settled into life as a homemaker. After marrying Marvin, she re-entered the industry, joining the Winans family group.
In 1995 Marvin and Vickie divorced due to irreconcilable differences, which shocked all who knew them. In an interview, Vickie said that they had grown apart, which was typical for a high-profile couple, and that no one was to blame for the split. Marvin's sons have followed in their father's footsteps, choosing to work in the music industry. Mario is a singer and producer, and Marvin Jr. was a member of the Winans Phase II but is now a solo singer and a producer.
Marvin started singing in the 1970s as part of "The Testimonial Singers" group, including his brothers Ronald, Carvin, and Michael. In 1975, the group's name was changed to "The Winans". The foursome released several albums over the next two decades, a great success with their 1981 debut album ''Introducing The Winans''. The group claimed to be greatly influenced by the singer and producer Andre Crouch, who also gave their big break. The group continued making music until the 1990s, producing the albums ''Long Time Comin' '' (1983), ''Tomorrow'' (1984), ''Let My People Go'' (1985), ''Decisions'' (1987), ''The Winans Live At Carnegie Hall'' (1988), ''Return' (1990), "All Out" (1993), and "Heart & Soul" (1995) before disbanding in 1995.
Commenting on his group's success, Marvin said: "I think that has been the success of The Winans, in that we have been honest. It is so important for us to be transparent. People know what is real, and they know what is fake. They know what has come through experience, and they know when you're making something up. So I hope that The Winans have been honest and transparent in what we've done throughout the years." He also said that "Respect is a great thing that's missing in music today. Respect for the music itself. Respect for artistry. It's changed with Respect for the audience. You listen to rappers and the likes, and they have no respect. They feel as if people have to buy their music and that they have to go to their concerts. If stuff's not right, they blame everyone but themselves."
The Winans sang background vocals on several big-name mainstream projects such as Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror," Stevie Wonder's "Treat Myself", and Ladysmith Black Mambazo's "Leaning on the Everlasting/Two Worlds One Heart." As an organist and pianist, Marvin's role in the group was to write and produce songs. Over the years, however, Marvin Winans began to stand out as a solo artist, and eventually, he released his first solo album, "Alone But Not Alone", which climbed to number 85 on the charts in 2007. During his solo career, he wrote and produced well-known songs such as "Just Don't Wanna Know" and "I'm Over It Now." Marvin Winans has even appeared in two movies, "Mama I Want to Sing" (2011) and "I Can Do Bad All by Myself" (2009), as well as on the hit TV series "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" (2008). In 1997, Winans founded the Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts (WAPA).
In 1989, Winans founded The Perfecting Church in Detroit, Michigan. According to the official website, the church started very humbly, with just eight members in the basement of Pastor Winans' home, before moving to the Michigan Inn for its first official service. In 2012, Marvin delivered the eulogy at Whitney Houston's funeral at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey.
In 2012, Winans released "Marvin L. Winans Presents The Praise and Worship Experience" on MLW Productions Inc's record label. The album was recorded at Winans' Perfecting Church in Detroit, Michigan, representing a different offering from the gospel singer. Pastor Winans was quoted as saying, "The first thing I hope people walk away with from this experience is the joy and the presence of the Lord. I also hope people walk away more intelligent concerning Gospel music; that it's not just one genre, but a broad spectrum of praise and worship." In 2017, Marvin Winans produced a documentary titled "The 40 Year Journey of Marvin L. Winans", in which he tells the story of his faith and the personal struggles he faced in his life, seen from the perspective of those who knew him best. Winans is a pastor and uses Twitter to deliver his Christian message. Recently Winans tweeted, "When we see and understand how God operates, we see consistency; "Faith comes by hearing." But how you perceive the Word is how you receive the Word." Another tweet aimed to give faith to his followers, "When you begin to speak what God has done, you prophesy over your life. Therefore speak it in faith, send the Word in your future and see God operate in your circumstance as He has promised." For his important work and contribution to gospel music, Winans has been awarded three Dove Awards (Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year - 1988, 1986 and Recorded Song of the Year – 1991) and several Grammy Awards (Best Gospel Album – 1993, Best Gospel Performance By A Duo Or Group, Choir Or Chorus - 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985 and Best Gospel Performance, Male – 1985).
Marvin's church, The Perfecting Church, faced a scandal because of a lawsuit filed by a housekeeper. Lakaiya Harris claimed the gospel music star and church officials shook her down for money. The case claimed that they required her to donate money toward birthday gifts for supervisors and managers using a percentage of her salary to the church. According to the suit, Harris said she was exhausted from working long hours and not being paid and complained that her job was being threatened for refusing to donate birthday gifts to supervisors. At a meeting Ms. Harris had with Winans and another church official, Winans mentioned the issue and said they would deduct ten percent of her annual salary. Harris did not want to comply, so, according to the lawsuit, Winans responded: "Well, that pretty much terminates your employment with us; you can go ahead and proceed with the exit interview." Harris was fired that day.
In 2012, Marvin Winans had a warrant out for his arrest on driving-related offenses when he was carjacked. The warrant was issued for failing to appear in a Hazel Park court after being ticketed for driving with a suspended license and impeding traffic. In the carjacking episode, Winans was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for a fractured finger, and other bruises suffered when the thieves pulled him from his SUV, threw him on the ground, and started kicking him. Detroit police found Winans's 2012 Infiniti QX56 car a few days after it was stolen. According to DetroitNews.com, Winans has been ticketed eleven times since 2009.
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