Vickie Winans

"Truly a gift from God" is just one phrase you walk away with after an encounter with the incomparable Vickie Winans. GOSPELflava.com had the chance to chat with the one of the leading ladies of Gospel music, who remains busy as always, having just completed her Rising Star Talent Contest, and kicks off 2006 by co-hosting the Stellar Awards with Donnie McClurkin and Israel Houghton, in Nashville.

Vickie Winans"It was overwhelming!", says Winans, about the event that was sponsored by Chrysler Financial. Things began in Detroit on July 28, 2005 and concluded with the finals in the Motor City on November 4th.

"All the cities [in between] were phenomenal! I just couldnít believe all the support we received from the people and Chrysler!" Winans exclaimed. Each stop on the tour was saturated with talented hopefuls vying to be the next Gospel sensation on Winansí own record label, Destiny Joy Records.

But there could only be one winner and Datisha Pickett was the chosen one. When asked about the first Rising Star Winner, Winans says, "That girl is bad! I canít wait to work with her." And work she will do. Plans are underway to work with Pickett beginning early in 2006.

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With the tour concluded, you would think Winans would take some much needed time off, but not so. " I am busy working! I am working on what people are saying is going to be the record of my career." The CD she is speaking of is Woman to Woman: Songs of Life. The 30-song project has the makings to be a major success for the ever-developing vocal powerhouse. "We are going all out for this," says Winans.

And with a claim like that, you can be sure that she will live up to it. A live recording is scheduled to take place at House of Hope in Chicago over Motherís Day weekend, May 2006, for Verity Records. The first single scheduled for release is "Alright, Alright."

With a new artist, new project, and new record label, Vickie Winans is proof positive that God is still in the blessing business.

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interview by John Burton, Jr.

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