The first single from that album, “I Don’t Wanna Know” (featuring Enya & P.Diddy) quickly rose to the top of play lists across the nation. Recording over 350,000 spins in one year, the song earned Winans the Broadcast Music International Pop Award for most performed songs throughout the year.
Upon its release, the Continental GT drew praise from even the most demanding critics. With room to comfortably fit four, the four-wheel-drive “living room on wheels” (as Winans calls it), flies ahead thanks to its compact 552-horsepower, W-12 engine, assisted by twin turbochargers. Bentley claims the Continental GT can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.
Among the many features to note is voice activation for the in-car-phone, which works in six languages and comes standard; and a flush-mounted rear spoiler that rises automatically at high speeds. Winans’ Continental GT rides on color-matched custom wheels wrapped in Continental ContiSportContact 2 tires, size 265/30R22 in the front and size 295/25R22 in the rear.
Keeping to his main objective, which is to produce, Winans started his own label, Golden City Entertainment a couple of years ago. Through Golden City, Winans is currently nurturing budding starlets; Little Eddie, 20, from Spanish Harlem, who sings in Spanish and English; Low Down and Sanchez of Georgia’s Most Wanted; and Elijah O’Connor, whom Winans gushed about being “a very talented R&B artist,” among others.
With a lot on his plate, Winans still found the time to travel to Moscow in May. “It was awesome,” said Winans, gushing. “I had a good time, I was very well received. Great hospitality.” Returning to the States, Winans is currently working on his next solo album, which drops in late 2005. Winans seems to subscribe to the idiom that states there is no rest for the weary.; He has another tour already planned, to coincide with the release of his new album.
Despite his success and influence as a producer, the soft-spoken Winans retains an air of humility and openness, which certainly is important when dealing with some of the biggest names in Hip-Hop, R&B and pop. “I thank God for all of that; it’s a blessing to be able to do what I do,” said Winans in a solemn voice. “I was raised in the Church and my family instilled a lot of good qualities in me. I understood what He meant to me at an early age, I’m pretty much grounded, and I thank God for that.”
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