Michael and Regina Winans have released their sophomore CD entitled, "Be Yourself", (JDP Records/Shay Records), which is so indicative of their personalities and character . Realizing that God has called them individually as well as collectively for a specific purpose, destiny and time, they were able to express those sentiments in the 14 songs that they sing and co-wrote (along with Chip Dixson, Josiah Bell, Mike Winans Jr.. & LaShay Winans) on this project. Their hearts' desires are to live a life pleasing in God's sight. Becoming O-N-E is a lifelong process and they are continuing that journey in peace, love, and happiness. Be Yourself has a variety of songs for everyone. From the contemporary, "Be Yourself", "Count On Me", & _I'm Blessed_, to "Praise and Worship, "You're Worthy", "Higher", "Rejoice", "Lift The Name", to "Family", "Unity, and "Harmony", Unity_ featuring their son and daughter, Mike Winans Jr. & LaShay Winans
Mike Winans, Jr. was born in Glendale, California, three days after his father, Michael Winans Sr., won his first Grammy Award. Once Michael and Regina boarded their plane back to their hometown of Detroit, Michigan, it was clear to them that their newborn son, Mike Jr., was destined for greatness in music.
Mike Winans, Jr. songwriter and senior producer for Bad Boy Records and former member of Winans Phase II, has chosen the Christmas season to release his first solo CD. Both singles from the CD, “Home for Christmas” and “The Countdown,” focus on the anticipation of the 25th Day of December and are fueled by Winans’ trademark electro-R&B energy. “Home for Christmas” is not the 1940s chestnut but a new composition driven by smooth, mid-tempo polyrhythms. The message and introspection, however, are almost the same.
LaShay Winans has sang, written, and produced many songs for mainstream artists as well, including Diddy, Chris Brown, Michelle Williams, Nicole Scherzinger, New Edition, Michael & Regina Winans and many more. Shay produced, arranged and sang all background vocals on her first full album of fourteen songs on her parents sophmore album entitled "Be Your Self" she was also featured on the family song entitled "Unity", Shay also sang background on Diddy's single with Nicole Scherzinger entitled, "Come To Me.
Lashay currently has a publishing deal with BadBoy and continues to write, sing, and produce. Studio work is her strength and she enjoys watching music come to life. She thanks her parents for her Christian upbringing, their never ending support, and lending their talents to many songs as well. She also thanks her brother for allowing her to use her God-given talent right alongside his in order to produce meaningful lyrics and melodies.
Larry "Dutch" Whitt has co-written numerous reference songs and also had some national placements on Diddy's hit female group from MTV's "Making The Band" Danity Kane on there self titled album. The first song entitled "Press Pause" and the second an interlude entitled "Ain't True". Dutch also engineered, wrote, produced and was featured on former B2K member Raz B's first solo project. Dutch also participated as a judge in the First and Second "Annual High School Music Icon" Talent show in Detroit, MI.
Dutch has also performed live on stage with several local recording artists and alongside Michael Sr. and Regina Winans. Over time Dutch has found a gift of writing lyrics for songs and especially for rap and hip-hop style of music. Dutch has endeavors of becoming an Actor, Model, doing voice overs and achieving a mark in music production.