The Reverend Dr. James Cleveland was a gospel singer, arranger, composer and, most significantly, the driving force behind the creation of the modern gospel sound, bringing the stylistic daring of hard gospel and jazz and pop music influences to arrangements for mass choirs. The style he pioneered — large disciplined organizations who used complex arrangements and unusual time signatures to turn their massive vocal power to achieve the propulsive rhythms, intricate harmonies and individual virtuosity of the greatest groups of gospel's Golden Age — was the wellspring for the mass choirs of that era.
The Winans Family is a family of gospel music artists from Detroit, Michigan. Revered as the "First Family of Gospel", this multi-Grammy, Dove and Stellar award-winning family have more directly influenced the Gospel music industry than possibly any other artist or group in history. The Winans family includes David and Delores (Pops & Mom), David Jr, Ronald, Carvin,Marvin, Michael, daniel, Benjamin (BeBe), Priscilla (CeCe), Angelique, and Deborah.