Soul Sisters Podcast: CeCe Winans on Her 'First Time Coming Out' as Pastor & Singer

Jeremy Cowart
CeCe Winans

CeCe Winans is cracking up.

"That’s a great way to start an interview!” she chuckles when we ask which was the harder choice for her to make: pastoring the Nashville Life Church she started five years ago with her husband or recording Let Them Fall in Love, her first new album in nine years.

"I’m glad you love the record, but I guarantee you, you would love the church more," she insists, while also admitting that she "never thought" she would become a religious leader, despite a life spent singing gospel music.

"This is my first time coming out as a co-pastor and an artist, so I’m figuring out how that feels right now," she tell us. "It’s a lot."

Winans is making perhaps the most apt guest appearance yet for a show called Soul Sisters, given that she is, after all, the best-selling female gospel singer of all time. She tells us how her profound life in music came about, as well as the deep friendship she shared with her "Count on Me" partner Whitney Houston and the difficult experience of performing at Houston's funeral ("I was like, 'Lord, you have to help me make it through this, because that is my friend and my sister'").

Listen below to the full conversation hosted by Jessie Katz and Darah Golub and recorded at NYC's Chord Club, and be sure to subscribe to our iTunes channel for all future episodes!


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