Beginning in 1985 with her signature hit, "We Shall Behold Him," Vickie Winans made her mark as one of the gospel world's most passionate and stylistically diverse vocalists, both as a soloist and with her husband, Marvin. Equally adept at old-school church music and smooth CCM, Winans appealed to a wide fan base. How I Got Over is no exception, kicking off with the classic Baptist-style foot-stomping rave-up title song, and just two tracks later delivering a booty-shaking dance number ("Heyyy"). Elsewhere, the Detroit native explores smooth Sade-esque balladry ("Suddenly"), hip-hop-ish contemporary R&B gospel ("Swoop"), and dramatic testifying ("No Not a One"). The album's most poignant track, however, is "My Peace," a delicate, heart-wrenching tribute to Winans' late mother, Mattie Bowman. ~ Pemberton Roach