*If you make a list of women at the forefront of Gospel, CeCe Winans would most likely take the number one spot. How many years has she been in Gospel? “Too many to count!” she laughs.

At 46, she’s spent nearly 30 years ascending to the pinnacle of success as a wife, mother, artist, CEO of her own label; and now, minister of the Gospel and mentor to young men and women (through her annual conferences). CeCe Winans is an icon.

“I’ve seen the industry expand over the years,” she says. “[Gospel] has more listeners. When BeBe and I first came out [in the 80s], to hear a Gospel artist on a mainstream radio station was something that wasn’t nearly as common as it is these days. We’re reaching more people with the Good News.”

CeCe has also found favor with corporate America.

“Companies have realized that Gospel music sells and that it’s marketable, even to people who aren’t believers. We have more styles of Gospel as well. It’s being pack- aged in different ways, which is good.

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