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Marvin Winans recently took to YouTube to speak his heart about his new album “The Praise & Worship Experience,” and in the process reflected upon a landmark year in many areas — from the passing of family friend Whitney Houston and a recent carjacking incident to the spiritual lessons learned in between.

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Multiple-award winner and one-fourth of legendary gospel group The Winans, Marvin Winans, has his sights set on the June 26, 2012, release of Marvin L. Winans Presents: The Praise & Worship Experience, his first album in five years and debut offering through MLW Productions, Inc., a new company he started that provides him an opportunity to work closely with his son, Marvin Winans, Jr., who serves as President/General Manager.

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One of gospel music’s foremost vocalists, Winans — alongside a who’s who of gospel music’s biggest names and tastemakers — took to the stage at the very church he planted in 1989, Perfecting Church in Detroit, Michigan, to record The Praise & Worship Experience, a display of the singer’s love of church music.

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“The first thing I hope people walk away with from this Experience is the joy and the presence of the Lord,” says Winans, who self-produced the album. “I also hope people walk away more intelligent with respect to gospel music — that it’s not just one genre, but a broad spectrum of praise and worship.”

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