Happy Holidays From Vickie Winans
By Peggy Oliver
Destiny Joy Records
A time of rejuvenation over a new musical chapter and reflection over a close friend and mother who passed onto to meet the Lord. Vickie Winans’ first Christmas just happens to be the debut on her Destiny Joy moniker after over twenty years of recording. Ministering in both song and satire, Winans will also release an exercise excursion with a humorous bent, Laugh While You Loose, after Thanksgiving. While staying busy for the Lord through various media, this CD acknowledges the death of both her mother almost a year ago, Mattie, and a longtime music collaborator, singer/songwriter Kayla Parker-Tolbert. Besides being a member of a Gospel extended family, Vickie’s communication skills have landed her in several theatre productions (“Don’t Get God Started” i.e.). The Detroit native has been all over TV from BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel to Queen Latifah.
As a businessperson, she has represented Quaker Oats as a spokesperson, and has her own management company. Since her recording career began in 1985, Work It Out, Long As I Got King Jesus, and her snappy angle on a children’s classic, If You’re Happy And You Know It are just a small portion of gospel radio favorites. Both her sons, Mario and Marvin Winans, Jr. are expanding their production resumes. However, with all those credentials, Vickie sincerely relates to people, especially women as evidenced on 2006’s Women to Women: Songs of Life, when it comes to personal difficulties she’s faced from divorce to health.
For those who want to ‘shake themselves loose’, The Holiday Jam accommodates with a house-music arrangement, centering on Christ’s birth. A contagious R&B/pop groove, courtesy of Fred Jerkins, matches Vickie’s vivacious vocals for the opening single, Special Day, where every day is blessed because of His goodness.
Several Christmas carols and hymns are delivered with jazzy edges and sleek, confident phrasing, Joy To The World is sparked with an African marimba, Tim Bowman II’s (son of jazz guitarist Tim Bowman) vocalese dusted with dainty skipping rhythms add another dimension for Jingle Bells, and swift vocal backdrops by Tolbert embrace Silent Night.
- Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago's Best of Both Worlds
- Myron Butler's "Worship"
- Amber Bullock's "Thank You"
- Theresa Pinkney - "Me Against the World"
- Martha Munizzi - "Make It Loud"
- Donald Lawrence's "Your Righteous Mind"