Alabaster Box (album)

Alabaster Box is the fourth studio album by American singer CeCe Winans. It was released by WellSpring Gospel on October 19, 1999 in the United States. Her debut release on WellSpring, her own label, Winans described Alabaster Box as an "experimental" album for the label before any new artists were signed. It did very well on the charts and included a duet with Take 6. Gospel artist Fred Hammond also took a production turn on the album.

Alabaster Box
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 19, 1999
Length45:30
LabelWellSpring Gospel
Producer
  • CeCe Winans (exec.)
  • Alvin Love (exec.)
  • Cedric Caldwell
  • Victor Caldwell
  • Cedric Dent
  • Fred Hammond
  • Mark Kibble
  • David Thomas
Cece Winans chronology
His Gift
(1998)
Alabaster Box
(1999)
CeCe Winans
(2001)

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [1]

Allmusic editor Steve Huey found that Alabaster Box "is a return to [Winan's] gospel roots, in contrast to the straight-ahead urban soul of Everlasting Love, and it's a triumphant one. Winans sounds invigorated by the spiritual material, delivering committed performances and commanding vocals. The production sounds very contemporary, if a little slick at times, but that's not likely to bother most fans. Alabaster Box is an excellent album from a terrific talent."[1]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Fill My Cup" (Intro)  0:51
2."King of Kings (He's a Wonder)"
Hammond4:24
3."It Wasn't Easy"
  • Winans
  • Christopher Harris
Harris4:48
4."Alabaster Box"Janice SjostranHarris5:32
5."Comforter"Randy PhillipsHarris4:42
6."Love of My Heart"
  • Winans
  • Hammond
Hammond4:17
7."Without Love"
  • Winans
  • Hammond
Hammond3:54
8."He's Not on His Knees Yet"
Harris3:10
9."One and the Same" (featuring Take 6)
  • Kyle Matthews
  • Pete Carlson
  • Cedric Dent
  • David Thomas
  • Mark Kibble
4:20
10."Higher Place of Praise"
  • Winans
  • Carlson
Hammond3:51
11."Blessed, Broken & Given"Lari A. Goss
  • Cedric Caldwell
  • Victor Caldwell
4:54
12."King of Kings (He's a Wonder)" (Reprise)
  • Winans
  • Hammond
Hammond4:01

ChartsEdit

Chart (1999) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[2] 129
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[3] 5
US Top Gospel Albums (Billboard)[4] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[5] 55

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[6] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "Alabaster Box > Review". Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  2. ^ "CeCe Winans Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  3. ^ "CeCe Winans Chart History (Christian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  4. ^ "CeCe Winans Chart History (Top Gospel Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  5. ^ "CeCe Winans Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  6. ^ "American album certifications – CeCe Winans – Alabaster Box". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 5, 2021.