Boasting a career spanning more than three decades, Pastor Marvin L. Winans is releasing a new album today, Marvin L. Winans Presents: The Praise & Worship Experience. The pastor is also joining us for the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience All Star Gospel Salute to Mary Mary and Fred Hammond on July 8 in New Orleans. Delivering the Sunday sermon, Winans might even sing a note or three as he relishes the communion of fellow saints during the day’s events. Recently Winans was in the news after thieves stole his car, but the pastor assured us that he’s doing just fine and continuing his work in the community.
Pastor Winans took a few moments with ESSENCE.com to chat about his one of his first songs, why Detroit may not be a black city anymore and saving America’s students one charter school at a time.
ESSENCE.com: Tell us about your new album, Marvin L. Winans Presents: The Praise & Worship Experience, hitting shelves today, June 26.
PASTOR MARVIN L. WINANS: It will be an explosion in your musical taste buds. It’s not eclectic but it is diverse. It has a central theme but like a good meal, it’ll be a circus in your mouth.
ESSENCE.com: You wrote your first single “Draw Me Close” as a kid?
WINANS: “Draw Me Close” is a praise and worship song that I fell in love with. It is a little different from what the Winans have done in the past, yet it draws you in because “Thy Will Be Done” is a song I wrote as a teenager. To marry that with “Draw Me Close” gives the composition a soulful twist, like sweet tea with a mint leaf.
ESSENCE.com: What do you think is the future of your embattled hometown of Detroit?