Twelve-time Grammy award winner Cece Winans will headline Colgate University’s 2019 Gospel Fest celebration, sponsored by the Office of the Chaplains and the Bicentennial Committee.
Gospel Fest will be held in Memorial Chapel on Friday, February 15, 2019, at 7 p.m. This free event is open to the public and will also be broadcast via Colgate’s Livestream channel. Special guest Jazmyn McKoy ’17 will open with a performance of “Lift Every Voice.”
Winans has released a number of duo and solo albums that crossed genres and boundaries and influenced a generation of gospel and secular vocalists. She is the recipient of 12 Grammy Awards, 23 Dove Awards, and seven Stellar Awards. She’s been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Nashville Music City Walk of Fame, in addition to garnering multiple NAACP Image Awards, Soul Train Awards, Essence Awards, and more.
Winans has sold in excess of five million albums in the U.S. alone, topping the Gospel charts repeatedly, while managing to cross over with hits like “Count On Me,” her duet with Whitney Houston from the multi-platinum Waiting To Exhale soundtrack. She touched millions more with inspirational performances everywhere from The Oprah Winfrey Show to the White House, and appeared on several television series, such as 7th Heaven and Doc. In 2016, Winans became a member of the Artist Committee for the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors.