Yolanda Adams (born Yolanda Yvette Adams on August
27, 1961) 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 in the United States, according to SoundScan.
On December 11, 2009 Billboard Magazine named her the #1 Gospel
Artist of the last decade. In the same chart, her album "Mountain
High...Valley Low" was acknowledged as the best gospel album.
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.
Adams first attracted the attention of Thomas Whitfield and Sound
of Gospel Records as a lead singer with Houston's Southeast Inspirational
Choir affiliated with the Church of God in Christ, under the direction
of Carl Preacher, Brenda Waters, and Shirley Joiner. The choir released
the single in 1982 "For My Liberty" with Adams as the featured
vocalist. In 1986, Adams was featured on the Edwin Hawkins Music
and Arts Seminar Choir release "Give Us Peace", with a
performance titled "My Trust Lies In You". Later, she signed
a recording contract with Sound of Gospel which yielded her first
album Just As I Am in 1987. In 1990, she was discovered by producer/keyboardist
Ben Tankard, signed to his independent label Tribute Records and
released Through The Storm. Tankard's goal with Tribute Records during
this time was to develop an audience for a smoother gospel/jazz sound.
He featured Yolanda's jazzy vocals on his album and concept video
single " You Bring Out The Best In Me " on his 1994 release " Play
Me In Your Key ". The collaboration received positive response
from gospel,jazz and "quiet storm" formats.
One year 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 more production
work from Tankard with contributions from 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 three 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 and CD. During this time Tribute Records' parent company
Diadem Music Group, merged with Benson Music Group which was eventually
bought by New York based Zomba/Verity Records.
How Great Thou Art"
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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
 Mainstream breakthrough
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 2X Platinum
in 2000 and won her a Grammy Award. Notable singles from the album
include Yeah", "Fragile Heart", and "Open My
Heart". "Fragile Heart", was dedicated to the memory
of Adams' long time road manager who died in 1998.
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 and
reached gold status according to the RIAA. 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 the legendary Grammy Award Winner 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.
 Day by Day
After nearly four years without releasing an album, Adams returned
in 2005 with Day By Day. Although charting higher than Mountain High...Valley
Low on the Billboard 100 and Billboard R&B Albums chart, it did
not receive RIAA certification. The album featured the singles "Be
Blessed," "Someone Watching Over You," "This
Too Shall Pass", and "Victory" (which was prominently
featured in the movie The Gospel).
After ending her long association with Atlantic Records, Atlantic
released a greatest hits collection entitled The Best of Me in May
Adams signed with Columbia Records in 2007. Columbia released What
a Wonderful Time, her second holiday collection, in October 2007. "Hold
On" was released as the lead single.
 Morning Radio Show and Book Release
After the release of "What a Wonderful Time", Adams embarked
on the radio market with her "The Yolanda Adams Morning Show." The
show proved to be a huge success, taking over 26 markets in just
two years. Currently, the show is heard in 39 markets.
On December 25, 2009, Adams performed on BET's The Mo'Nique Show,
where she sang "Already Alright," from her 1999 Mountain
High...Valley Low album. Mo'Nique stated that the song is one of
In 2010, Adams released her first book, "Points of Power." The
book is based on one of the segments of her radio show under the
Yolanda Adams appeared on the 2011 BET Honors to sing her signature
song "The Battle Is the Lord's" in honor of Cicely Tyson.
Later, she appeared at the 53rd Grammy Awards where she took part
in a tribute to Aretha Franklin, along with Jennifer Hudson, Christina
Aguilera, Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine, and Martina
McBride. Adams performed Spirit in the Dark - Franklin's classic
from 1970. On several occasions, Franklin stated that she "especially
loved" Yolanda's performance. On May 29, 2011, Yolanda
sang at the prestigious National Memorial Day Concert in Washington,
DC to honor the U.S. soldiers.
Adams' eleventh studio album, Becoming, was released on 3 May 2011.
The new single, "Be Still" produced by Drathoven debuted
on Tuesday, 19 April on the Yolanda Adams Morning show. Becoming
was released by Walmart as an exclusive deal.
 Book release
Points Of Power
Adams released her first book Points of Power in 2010. It is a Christian
book in reference to living a pure, spirit-filled Christian life.
 The Yolanda Adams Morning Show on radio
The Yolanda Adams Morning Show Genre Comedy, talk, urban contemporary
Running time approx. 4 hours
Country United States
Starring Yolanda Adams
Website and TheYolandaAdamsMorningShow.com
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
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 Personal life
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In 1997, Yolanda Adams married former NFL player Tim Crawford. The
couple divorced in August 2004 after seven years. Adams and Crawford
had one daughter, Taylor, born in 2001.
Adams served as a spokesperson for the FILA Corporation's Operation
Rebound, a program that addressed the concern of inner city schoolchildren.
Main article: Yolanda Adams discography
1987: Just as I Am
1991: Through the Storm
1993: Save the World
1995: More Than A Melody
1997: Live in Washington
1998: Songs from the Heart
1999: Mountain High...Valley Low
2000: Christmas With Yolanda Adams
2002: The Experience
2005: Day By Day
2007: What a Wonderful Time
Main article: List of awards received by Yolanda Adams
In total, Adams has won four Grammy Awards, sixteen Stellar Gospel
Music 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.