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Yolanda Adams

Yolanda Adams performing at the White House in February 2007.
Background information
Birth name Yolanda Yvette Adams
Born August 27, 1961 (1961-08-27) (age 48)
Origin Houston, Texas,
United States
Genres Gospel, urban gospel
Occupations Singer, songwriter, music producer, actress, radio host
Years active 1987 – present
Labels Sound of Gospel (1987-1989)
Tribute/Benson (1991-1996)
Verity (1996-1998)
Elektra (1998-2004)
Atlantic (2004-2007)
Columbia (2007-present)
Website TheYolandaAdamsMorningShow.com

Yolanda Adams (born Yolanda Yvette Adams on August 27, 1961(1961-08-27)) is an American Grammy- and Dove-award winning Gospel music singer and radio show host. As of September 2009, she had sold 4.5 million albums since 1991, according to SoundScan. [1]



The oldest of six siblings, Adams was raised in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Sterling High School in Houston in 1979.[2] After graduating from Texas Southern University, she began a career as a schoolteacher and part-time model in Houston, Texas.[3][4] Eventually she gave up teaching to perform full-time as a lead singer.

Songs from the Heart was her final release for Verity Records and included "Only Believe" which was popular songs on contemporary radio. The album also included "Still I Rise," a dedication to Rosa Parks which was inspired by the Maya Angelou poem of the same name.

"Fragile Heart", was dedicated to the memory of Adams' long time road manager who died in 1998.[5] Adams' first significant attention outside the urban contemporary gospel arena came with the release of Mountain High... Valley Low in 1999 on Elektra Records. Several mainstream artists and producers helped in the production of this album including Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (Janet Jackson, Boyz II Men), James "Big Jim" Wright (Mariah Carey, Nicole C. Mullen), Warryn Campbell (Mary Mary, Brandy), and Keith Thomas (BeBe & CeCe Winans). The album went Platinum in 2000 and won her a Grammy Award. Notable singles from the album include Yeah", "Fragile Heart", and "Open My Heart".

In 2000, Adams released a Christmas album, and in 2001 she released a live album (The Experience). The Experience netted Adams a second Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album. Believe, which included the hit "Never Give Up" was released in 2001. She would later go on to perform this song at "The Salute to Gospel Music" at the White House during President George W. Bush's administration. In 2001, Adams also released a compilation CD entitled The Divas Of Gospel; it included 10-time Grammy award nominee Albertina Walker, who is considered the "queen of gospel music."

Adams recorded a song for the 2003 film, Honey titled "I Believe" that played during the last scene in the final dance.

Adams was also a judge for the 2nd annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.[6]

The Yolanda Adams Morning Show on radio

The Yolanda Adams Morning Show
Genre Comedy, talk, urban contemporary gospel
Running time approx. 4 hours
Country  United States
Starring Yolanda Adams

Adams is the host of The Yolanda Adams Morning Show, which currently airs on Urban Gospel stations owned by Radio One.

Morning Show cities and affiliates as of 7/21/2009

Personal life

Adams' father died in 1974, when she was 13 years old. In 1988, Adams married Troy Mason, and was divorced little more than one year later. Her second marriage, in 1997, was to former NFL player Tim Crawford. The couple divorced in August 2004 after seven years. During Adams' emotional appearance on The Mo'Nique Show in December 2009, she alluded to her deciding to end her second marriage because God told her that her "life was in danger". Adams and Crawford had one daughter, Taylor Ayanna, on January 26, 2001. Adams served as a spokesperson for the FILA Corporation's Operation Rebound, a program that addressed the concern of inner city schoolchildren. On October 15, 2008, Adams' mother, Carolyn Jean Adams, died.



In total, Adams has won four Grammy Awards, four of the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards, one American Music Award, seven NAACP Image Awards, one Soul Train Music Award, and three BET Awards.


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