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BeBe Winans, six-time Grammy Award-winning singer and member of Gospel music's royal family, shares the candid and close-up journey of pursuing his dreams while holding on to his faith. Benjamin "BeBe" Winans always knew he was born to be a Gospel singer. Growing up watching his four older brothers perform fueled his dream to be on stage, and as teenagers, he and his younge BeBe Winans, six-time Grammy Award-winning singer and member of Gospel music's royal family, shares the candid and close-up journey of pursuing his dreams while holding on to his faith. Benjamin "BeBe" Winans always knew he was born to be a Gospel singer. Growing up watching his four older brothers perform fueled his dream to be on stage, and as teenagers, he and his younger sister CeCe were offered the opportunity to move from Detroit to North Carolina and join the Praise the Lord Singers for The PTL Club, hosted by the eccentric Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. Under the Bakkers' wings, BeBe and CeCe became the most popular televangical stars in America and soon found themselves choosing between their family values and the temptations of fame and fortune. Like a conversation with a lifelong friend, BeBe invites readers and loyal fans alike to share in never-before-revealed details about life in the crossfires between church, Gospel music, and the mainstream recording industry. He shares personal stories about his mentor Andraé Crouch and close friend Whitney Houston, who both had a major impact on his life. As he reflects on the obstacles, the disappointments, the victories, the surprises, the racism, and the love he has encountered, he realizes that when we understand our value before God, we can participate in a daily glory and peace for which we were all born.


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BeBe Winans, six-time Grammy Award-winning singer and member of Gospel music's royal family, shares the candid and close-up journey of pursuing his dreams while holding on to his faith. Benjamin "BeBe" Winans always knew he was born to be a Gospel singer. Growing up watching his four older brothers perform fueled his dream to be on stage, and as teenagers, he and his younge BeBe Winans, six-time Grammy Award-winning singer and member of Gospel music's royal family, shares the candid and close-up journey of pursuing his dreams while holding on to his faith. Benjamin "BeBe" Winans always knew he was born to be a Gospel singer. Growing up watching his four older brothers perform fueled his dream to be on stage, and as teenagers, he and his younger sister CeCe were offered the opportunity to move from Detroit to North Carolina and join the Praise the Lord Singers for The PTL Club, hosted by the eccentric Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. Under the Bakkers' wings, BeBe and CeCe became the most popular televangical stars in America and soon found themselves choosing between their family values and the temptations of fame and fortune. Like a conversation with a lifelong friend, BeBe invites readers and loyal fans alike to share in never-before-revealed details about life in the crossfires between church, Gospel music, and the mainstream recording industry. He shares personal stories about his mentor Andraé Crouch and close friend Whitney Houston, who both had a major impact on his life. As he reflects on the obstacles, the disappointments, the victories, the surprises, the racism, and the love he has encountered, he realizes that when we understand our value before God, we can participate in a daily glory and peace for which we were all born.

30 review for Born for This: My Story in Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    In Born for This, Bebe Winans opens up about his story and how he became a Gospel/Christian artist. He grew up in the music city of Detroit and in the book, he explains how he learned about his family roots. He grew up in a big family 10 siblings total with six brothers and three sisters. His family all were raised with deep Gospel roots. Music was a big part of this family and four of his brothers loved to perform and they found success on a national level and they started touring. When he saw In Born for This, Bebe Winans opens up about his story and how he became a Gospel/Christian artist. He grew up in the music city of Detroit and in the book, he explains how he learned about his family roots. He grew up in a big family 10 siblings total with six brothers and three sisters. His family all were raised with deep Gospel roots. Music was a big part of this family and four of his brothers loved to perform and they found success on a national level and they started touring. When he saw his brothers perform, this stirred a passion in him that he wanted to become a famous singer. Eventually, he was given a chance of a lifetime to try out for The Praise the Lord (PTL) Club hosted by Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker in North Carolina. He tried out with his sister CeCe Winans. They passed on him and chose CeCe. Meanwhile, BeBe worked at a grocery store to make ends meet. He was eventually given another surprised chance one day he sung in the choir on “Blessed Assurance” and he included a special “whispers of love” saying to the song. Jim heard him and loved what he did and he became a member of the PTL singers. Throughout the book, he shared his experiences on the show and how they were the only African Americans on this show. PTL was also at the time trying to become more diverse. In the book, he also describes Tammy as his “white mother” and what he learnt from her. He also revealed how they became a duo and went on to record many albums together and solo albums. He touched a little on the topic of why they decided to leave and how the PTL Club program fell a few years later with all the controversy surrounding Jim and Tammy. I would recommend this great autobiography to anyone who enjoys listening to Gospel and Christian music. I haven’t heard much on Bebe Winans life story before reading this book and I was curious to dive into his book. I liked how Bebe explained his musical roots and how he became to be a Christian singer. I liked how open he was with his story and how PTL helped open doors for him. I liked how he shared how Bebe and CeCe became a duo and recorded many albums together and they even won a few awards. One of my favorite songs, they have done together is “I’ll Take You There”. I also connected with him opening up about the loss of one his brothers and how that changed his entire life and how difficult it was to say goodbye. If you’re looking for a new book to read, then check this one out! "I received this book free from the publisher, Faithwords for my honest review.”

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mary Vogelsong

    Born for This: My Story in Music is the memoir of Benjamin, “BeBe”, Winans. Born into the large Winans family of Winans Family Singers fame, BeBe was the youngest son of ten children. BeBe watched his older brothers work diligently under the tutelage of their father David, or “Skippy”, first in the church choir and then as they formed their own Gospel group. Skippy was strict but loving. They had to give their best for God, but there was to be no boastful pride should they succeed. BeBe longed t Born for This: My Story in Music is the memoir of Benjamin, “BeBe”, Winans. Born into the large Winans family of Winans Family Singers fame, BeBe was the youngest son of ten children. BeBe watched his older brothers work diligently under the tutelage of their father David, or “Skippy”, first in the church choir and then as they formed their own Gospel group. Skippy was strict but loving. They had to give their best for God, but there was to be no boastful pride should they succeed. BeBe longed to join his older brothers on the stage, to make singing his career too. He worked hard and begged God and his parents for his chance, but was told he wasn’t ready yet. Finally BeBe and his younger sister CeCe were allowed to travel from Detroit to North Carolina to audition for Jim and Tammy Bakker’s televised PTL program. To BeBe’s dismay his sister made the cut, but he didn’t. Since CeCe was still shy of 16 years old, BeBe offered to go to North Carolina to live with her so she could follow her dream. The book’s title, Born for This, comes from a song BeBe wrote out of his disappointment. It is an affirming lyric proclaiming that God gave him the talent and would indeed use him as a singer. BeBe was eventually hired by PTL to sing with CeCe, but he continued to work through the dissonance of desiring to be a star while staying humble. BeBe and CeCe matured in their professional lives while at PTL, also learning how to navigate in the sometimes tricky non-African American world outside of Detroit. BeBe has an engaging story that I’m sure would be of interest to many, but his book is presented as a rambling, scattered tale that would make it easy to not finish. With some better editing this could become a first-rate memoir.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Born For This is an inspirational memoir by author and singer Bebe Winans. When I saw this book up for review I could hardly wait to read it. I am very familiar with Cece Winans, but not so much her brother. I did know he is Gospel music royalty, but that was about all I knew. I also didn’t realize he sings R&B. The author talks about growing up in Detroit, and how he got the name Winans. I learned that Detroit music was a kind of foundation for our country. It told the story of the love of God an Born For This is an inspirational memoir by author and singer Bebe Winans. When I saw this book up for review I could hardly wait to read it. I am very familiar with Cece Winans, but not so much her brother. I did know he is Gospel music royalty, but that was about all I knew. I also didn’t realize he sings R&B. The author talks about growing up in Detroit, and how he got the name Winans. I learned that Detroit music was a kind of foundation for our country. It told the story of the love of God and family, of ruin and of redemption. (p. 73) He also tells of his early music career with PTL (Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker) saying even with all the Bakker’s later troubles he knew they really loved him and Cece like their own children. I really liked this inspiring memoir and read it in 2 days. I recommend it to fans of memoirs because he is raw and real about his life. Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lance Lumley

    I admit I do not know much about Winans, besides being a legend in Gospel Music (when I listen to Christian music, it's usually CCM style). However, after reading this book, I learned not much more. The book covers some of his early career struggling to "make it big" as a singer while his older siblings already have. The book then talks about getting his break (with his sister) on Jim Bakker's TV show. Then, the book goes into an attitude where everyday was a race issue, and a complaining about I admit I do not know much about Winans, besides being a legend in Gospel Music (when I listen to Christian music, it's usually CCM style). However, after reading this book, I learned not much more. The book covers some of his early career struggling to "make it big" as a singer while his older siblings already have. The book then talks about getting his break (with his sister) on Jim Bakker's TV show. Then, the book goes into an attitude where everyday was a race issue, and a complaining about God's promise that Winan would be a huge star. I have read books by secular musicians that are filled with whining and "woah is me" because I'm successful, but not a Christian act. The over book lacks details in stories and brushes off the Bakker's fall, yet he discusses them almost half of the book, with his problems with them. Faithwords has many wonderful titles that they produce, but this one was uninformative for me, when I wanted to know more about someone I was not familiar with. For an in-depth review, visit my page at : https://lancewrites.wordpress.com/201...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Hamilton

    Great read. Highly recommend it to everybody to read. Wow, this book was so enlightening and informative. To be vulerable enough to tell his story from his heart and expose family secrets but yet be inspiring to others and to allow God to use him however he choose. I have always admired and appreciated the Winans as a whole and will continue to liove and support them. This book puts a human spin on famous Christians who people feel their lives are perfect but in actuality their life is not that m Great read. Highly recommend it to everybody to read. Wow, this book was so enlightening and informative. To be vulerable enough to tell his story from his heart and expose family secrets but yet be inspiring to others and to allow God to use him however he choose. I have always admired and appreciated the Winans as a whole and will continue to liove and support them. This book puts a human spin on famous Christians who people feel their lives are perfect but in actuality their life is not that much different from everyday Christians who love God. It's just that the more famous and renowned Christian seems to always be faced with social scrutiny and worldly judgement moreso than others. So I am glad I read this book because I felt his heart for God and that's alll that matters.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mam

    There's always a Nashville connection ... one of my favorite observations. While I've never heard BeBe perform in person, I've heard his sister CeCe several times. Both Detroit natives are now part of Nashville's music scene. I enjoyed the book. It's always interesting to hear about the journey. There's always a Nashville connection ... one of my favorite observations. While I've never heard BeBe perform in person, I've heard his sister CeCe several times. Both Detroit natives are now part of Nashville's music scene. I enjoyed the book. It's always interesting to hear about the journey.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melissa L Wilson

    Wonderful, uplifting and enlightening book I love Bebe and Cece Winans Music and grew up listening to his brothers, The Winans music! A great read, I highly recommend this book to anyone who love his music and the gospel music legacy of the family. Very well written!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kayo

    Easy and fast read.. Loved authors story. Glad I read this book!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shannan Harper

    A look into the life of the Winans family through the eyes of one of the family members. Although I was a little thrown off with the abrupt change in the story as far as the time line, it was an ok read.

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    Christopher Rossi

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    Eric Teeples

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