First Listen: CeCe Winans and Lauren Daigle "Believe" together

(September 23, 2021) If there is a ‘bigger than life’ anthem that motivated and healed many souls in 2021, “Believe For It” by gospel music icon CeCe Winans qualifies on the highest level.  In fact, SoulTracks reviewed the album of the same name that immediately hit number one on the Billboard Gospel charts – not bad for the first ever praise and worship project recorded live in Nashville, where live concerts in other genres are the norm. 

Now, a new perspective of “Believe for It” takes shape as a duet. While there were many established vocalists to whom CeCe could have reached out for this opportunity, it was Lauren Daigle – arguably the hottest Contemporary Christian artist around – who received the nod.

(September 23, 2021) If there is a ‘bigger than life’ anthem that motivated and healed many souls in 2021, “Believe For It” by gospel music icon CeCe Winans qualifies on the highest level.  In fact, SoulTracks reviewed the album of the same name that immediately hit number one on the Billboard Gospel charts – not bad for the first ever praise and worship project recorded live in Nashville, where live concerts in other genres are the norm. 

Now, a new perspective of “Believe for It” takes shape as a duet. While there were many established vocalists to whom CeCe could have reached out for this opportunity, it was Lauren Daigle – arguably the hottest Contemporary Christian artist around – who received the nod.

It was more than a decade ago that Daigle was one of many American Idol hopefuls that never reached the final stage.  Yet since Daigle broke through in 2015 with the CD and single, “How Can It Be,” her engagingly husky alto and immeasurable inspirational tracks (including the crossover smash “You Say”), she has dominated the Contemporary Christian charts.  

Though the backing arrangement from the original take on “Believe for It” remains mostly intact, the soulful factor increases many-fold, thanks to CeCe and Lauren’s passionate interpretation and seamless harmonies.  Another noticeable difference with this reimagined version is that the choir is mixed down so the listener can focus on the unified interaction between CeCe and Lauren, without either vocalist trying to ‘out-diva’ one another.  These key factors will build more sustenance to this already potent message in challenging those to move life’s daily mountains.  Enjoy! 

By Peggy Oliver

CeCe Winans feat. Lauren Daigle
"Believe For It"

 

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