Background Track: "Everyday
The Same" by The Winans, Lead Vocal: Carvin Winans; features Stevie Wonder who is playing the harmonica and has
a vocal solo; song written by Marvin Winans; song from their album Return
Qwest Records /
(Released on April
Executive Producers: Barry Hankerson
and Benny Medina
It's Time, Everyday The Same, Don't Leave Me, A Friend,
Gonna Be Alright, When You Cry, Together We Stand, This Time It's Personal, Free, Wherever I Go
As earlier Winans albums
were groundbreaking by fusing gospel with more R&B harmonies and New Jack Swing beats, their music
became more secular in this album especially in the tracks "It's Time", "This Time Is Personal", and "Free". They used the
then big New Jack Swing producer Teddy Riley, to help them extend their reach to secular audiences. Doing this was very
controversial, with some more conservative groups saying that they were making Gospel music too secular. That was in 1990,
when Qwest Records teamed with Warner Brothers as the label for the album Return.
In this album my personal favorites are "It's Time",
"Everyday The Same" featuring Stevie Wonder, "Don't Leave Me", "A Friend" featuring Aaron and Damian Hall, "Gonna Be Alright",
"Wherever I Go", and "When You Cry" featuring Kenny G.
"It's Time", sung by Marvin, Carvin, Ronald, and Teddy
Riley, was very popular and made the Winans name bigger. "It's Time" made #5 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles &
Tracks Chart and #42 in Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales.
"Everyday The Same" features a solo and harmonica playing
by Stevie Wonder, and is sung by Carvin. It sounds pretty good.
"Dont Leave Me" is a favorite of mine, and is sung
by Marvin Winans. It reached #34 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
"A Friend" was also a hit with secular audiences, hitting #11. It features Aaron
Hall. - This is a very nice song with a nice beat and I like Carvin's backgrounding at the end.
Be Alright" is an inspirational song sung by Ronald and Marvin Winans and has a nice position on the album as it
precedes "When You Cry".
The truly inspirational "When You Cry" reached #11
on charts, and is a Winans hit! It features the Smooth falsetto voice of Carvin Winans, with the Beautiful Saxophone of
Kenny G! This song is nice! I love the lyrics and I love the harmony between Carvin Winans and the alto sax!
"Together We Stand" is a nice song, with the nice tenor
voices of the Winans. The lyrics make a good point, "Together We Stand, Divided We Fall".
"This Time It's Personal" is written by Michael and
Regina Winans and it has an urban sound. It sounds pretty nice.
"Free" is written
by Lanar Brantley and is one of my favorites on this album because of its upbeat sound and beat.
But the last song, "Wherever I Go" is a moving song,
and is like a prayer. Ronald's voice is very nice as he sings this song.
This record was huge hit with
secular audiences, topping the charts. In the 1990 Billboard gospel charts it hit #1, on their CCM charts it hit #4,
In R&B/hip-hop charts as an album it hit #12. In the Billboard 200, it was reached #90.
Links: It's Time, Everyday The Same, Dont Leave Me, A Friend, Gonna Be Alright, When You Cry, Wherever I Go
Aaron Hall - Vocals (Background)
Barney Perkins - Mixing
Barry Hankerson - Executive Producer,
Ben Keys - Synthesizer, Synthesizer Programming
Benny Medina - Engineer, Executive Producer
Bernie Grundman - Mastering
Brett Richardson - Assistant Engineer
Carvin Winans - Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Davis - Drums
Dave Gorton - Photography
Dave Ward - Synthesizer Pogramming, Engineer, Mixing
Donnie Lyle - Guitar,
Garzelle McMurray - Assistant Producer, Contractor, Production Assistant
Gene Griffin - Mixing
Weatherspoon - Production Assistant
Jason Roberts - Engineer, Overdub Engineer
Kenny G. - Saxophone, Soloist
Brantley - Bass, Keyboards, Rhythm Arrangements
Marvin Winans - Keyboards, Producer, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Ann Dibs - Art Direction, Design
Michael Brown - Overdub Engineer
Michael J. Powell - Arranger, Drums, Guitar, Producer,
Rhythm Arrangements, String Arrangements
Michael Williams - Drums, Drums (Snare)
Michael Winans - Vocal Arrangements,
Mike Brown - Engineer, Overdub Engineer
Milton Chan - Assistant Engineer
Paulinho Da Costa -
Ron Winans - Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Steven King - Engineer
Stevie Wonder - Harmonica, Vocals
Riley - Arranger, Producer
The Winans - Assistant Producer, Main Performer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Vocals (Background)
Valdez Brantley - Arranger, Drum Programming, Keyboard Programming, Keyboards, Rhythm Arrangements
Vernon D. Fails
- Arranger, Keyboards, Rhythm Arrangements, String Arrangements
Warren Woods - Engineer, Overdub Engineer
|The Winans: (L to R) Michael, Carvin, Marvin, Ronald Winans