ATLANTA — BeBe and CeCe Winans are looking to show their family remains strong as they launch their first album in 15 years while dealing with the loss of their father and BeBe’s upcoming court date in a misdemeanor assault case.

CeCe Winans said she believes it’s an opportunity for the duo to follow the same message they have sung in their inspirational lyrics: Have faith.

“It has to put be put through the test,” she said. “We sang about the answer for years. So when we experience the trials and tribulations, we have to apply the same answer we’ve been telling others for years. It’s a reality. We have to make the walk and not just talk about it.”

On Tuesday, about six months after their father David “Pop” Winans Sr. died in Nashville, BeBe and CeCe Winans released “Still.” It’s the first album in 15 years for the duo, which has won five Grammys and seven Dove Awards.

Recently, after taping a show at the Gospel Music Channel, the brother and sister reflected on how “Pop” influenced their careers, keeping them humble during their time of soaring success.

While recording “Still” with CeCe, BeBe said their father often came to mind. So did their brother Ronald, who died in 2005.

“Everything we do, we think about them,” said BeBe, 47. “We had to draw on each other’s strengths on this one. We’ll always remember everything we’ve learned from our father. He kept us grounded no matter how successful we became.”

BeBe, CeCe and their eight brothers and sisters were raised by gospel stars David and Delores Winans in one of gospel music’s first families.

The brother-sister duo’s hits include 1991’s “Addicted to Love” and the 1996 release “Feels Like Heaven (With You).” They have turned out nine albums, going platinum once and gold three times.

CeCe stepped out on her own as a solo artist, releasing eight albums to win one of her seven Grammys with this year’s album “The Kingdom Come.” BeBe has produced six solo albums and has won three Grammy awards.

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Article courtesy of: AP

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