Thursday, April 09, 2009

Gospelobit: David 'Pop' Winans

Six months after suffering a stroke, David Winans - patriarch of the Winans clan - has died.

Father of CeCe and BeBe Winans, David was twice Grammy nominated in his own right - once for the solo record Uncensored; once for Mom & Pop Winans.

When not recording gospel or managing his kids' gospel bands, Winans passed through a number of careers. Unsurprisingly, one of them was as a priest, but he also sold cars, drove cars and cut hair for a living.

After finding success, he worked with various Detroit youth groups.

He fell ill last October, and had been thought of as in recovery after he left hospital at the start of this year. He is survived by his wife, and nine of his ten children.