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BMI Honors The Musical Journey of CeCe Winans

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CW LIVE 2009 BMI Honors The Musical Journey of CeCe WinansInspirational singer, CeCe Winans, has uplifted and encouraged  audiences  for over two decades with her angelic and powerful voice.

Her history has not gone unnoticed and on Friday, January 16, 2009  at Rocketown in Nashville, BMI will honor Winans with a Trailblazer Award for her accomplishments in the recording industry.   At the impressionable age of 16 ,Winans was offered a spot with the PTL Singers which required her to move away from home.   However, Winans' parents would not allow her to accept the position unless accompanied by her brother, BeBe.  Little did anyone know that  the unsolicited opportunity would be such a groundbreaking move;  posturing the duo to become instrumental in broadening the boundaries of gospel music.  A trailblazer is best described as an innovative leader in a field; a pioneer.  Winans' contemporary and worshipful style of music has broken traditional barriers, her entrepreneurial adeptness and heart for humanity appropriately  defines her as a trailblazer.   Gospel music power houses Donald Lawrence and  Elbernita "Twinkie" Clark are also slated to receive an award.

All roads lead to Nashville this week for gospel's biggest night, The 24th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards at The Grand Ole Opry  House on Saturday, January 17 at 4:00pm (CT).   Winans  kicks off the year with  four  (4) Stellar  nods:  Female Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary Female of the Year, Urban Single Performance of the Year, "Waging War" and "Praise & Worship CD of the Year, Thy Kingdom Come   In addition, fans can tune in or set their VCR's to see Winans on TBN Thursday, January  15th with Donnie McClurkin and she will host from the Los Angeles studios February 20th .