Yolanda Adams

Yolanda Adams (born Yolanda Yvette Adams on August 27, 1961(1961-08-27)) is an Grammy and Dove-award winning Gospel music singer and radio show host. She has sold 4.5 million albums since 1991 according to Soundscan.

Life

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

Musical career

[edit] Beginnings

Adams attracted the attention of Thomas Whitfield and Sound of Gospel Records as a lead singer in the Southeast Inspirational Choir. She signed a recording contract with Sound of Gospel which yielded her first album Just As I Am in 1987.   In 1990, she signed to Ben Tankard’s independent label Tribute Records and released Through The Storm.

Two years later, Adams followed with Save the World, which included her first signature song “The Battle Is The Lord’s”. Her next release was 1995′s More Than A Melody, which featured production work from Ben Tankard, O’Landa Draper, and BeBe Winans. The single “Gotta Have Love,” from that album featuring Tony Terry on background vocals, gained mainstream notoriety and was her first single and music video. Yolanda… Live In Washington, released the following year, featured versions of material from her first two albums. The footage from this recording was released as a collection of two videos on VHS initially, and later as a single set on DVD.

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 Yolanda’s long time road manager who died in 1998.   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. Believe was certified Gold in 2002. The Divas Of Gospel, with Albertina Walker (queen of gospel), was also released in 2001.

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

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

City   Station   Frequency   Notes  
Atlanta, Georgia WPZE FM 102.5  
Augusta, Georgia WTHB AM 1550 FM 96.9  
Bowman, South Carolina WSPX FM 94.5  
Charlotte, North Carolina WPZS FM 100.9  
Charleston, South Carolina WTUA FM 106.1  
Columbia, South Carolina WFMV FM 95.3  
Cleveland, Ohio WJMO AM 1300  
Columbus, Georgia WEAM-FM FM 100.7  
Columbus, Ohio WJYD FM 106.3  
Florence, South Carolina WPDT FM 105.1  
Greenville, North Carolina WLGT FM 98.3  
Houston, Texas KROI FM 92.1  
Indianapolis, Indiana WTLC AM 1310  
Meridian, Mississippi WHYL AM 1450  
Nashville, Tennessee WNSG AM 800  
New Orleans, Louisiana WPRF FM 94.9  
New York, New York WLIB AM 1190  
Norfolk, Virginia WVSP-FM FM 94.1  
Orlando, Florida WOKB AM 1680  
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania WPPZ FM 103.9  
Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina WNNL FM 103.9  
Richmond, Virginia WPZZ FM 104.7  
Rocky Mount, North Carolina WEED AM 1390  
Sacramento, California KRJY AM 1240  
Savannah, Georgia WSSJ FM 100.1  
Summerton, South Carolina WLJI FM 98.3  
Starkville, Mississippi WAJV FM 98.9  
Washington, D.C. WPRS-FM FM 104.1  

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