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CeCe Winans Crowns Gospel Airplay Chart: ‘This Song Carries a Message That Is Powerful’

"Believe for It" becomes Winans' third leader.

Gospel cornerstone CeCe Winans banks her third No. 1 on Billboard‘s Gospel Airplay chart (dated Jan. 29) with “Believe for It.” In the tracking week ending Jan. 23, the single gained by 16% in plays, according to MRC Data.

The song follows Winans’ “Never Lost,” which paced the chart a week last May, and “Pray,” which led for two weeks beginning in January 2006.

Winans co-wrote “Believe” with Dwan Hill, Kyle Lee and Mitch Wong.

“We’ve heard that there is no way through / We’ve heard the tide will never change,” Winans sings in her new leader. “They haven’t seen what You can do.”

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“I’m so very thankful for all of the support of the gospel radio community once again,” Winans tells Billboard. “The song carries a message that is powerful and more timely than ever. I love that it’s getting to impact so many people with its message of hope.”

“Believe” was also promoted to Christian radio and reached No. 7 on Christian Airplay last August. It marked Winans’ first freshman appearance on the list; her history on Billboard‘s charts, much logged on gospel and R&B/hip-hop surveys, dates to the 1980s.

“Believe” also rang up 12 weeks atop the streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Hot Gospel Songs chart beginning last June. It became her second No. 1 on the list, after “Pray.” In its 48th week on the tally, “Believe” ranks at No. 7. It drew 5.4 million U.S. in all-format radio audience and 950,000 U.S. streams in the tracking week ending Jan. 20.