Yolanda Yvette Adams (born August 27, 1961) is an American gospel singer, record producer, actress, and host of her own nationally syndicated morning gospel show. She has sold nearly 10 million albums worldwide, with some albums achieving multi-platinum status.
She is one of gospel music's most-awarded artists having won 5 Grammy Awards, 4 Dove Awards, 5 BET Awards, 6 NAACP Image Awards, 6 Soul Train Music Awards, 2 BMI Awards and 16 Stellar Awards also being the first artist inducted into the Stellar Awards Hall of Fame. She was awarded the first American Music Award given to a contemporary gospel artist.She is known as the "Queen of Contemporary Gospel Music" and the "First Lady of Modern Gospel". Variety dubbed Adams as the "Reigning Queen of Urban Gospel".On December 11, 2009, Billboard named her the No. 1 Gospel Artist of the last decade. with her album Mountain High...Valley Low acknowledged as the best gospel album.
President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 for her volunteer service.
She was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame by the Gospel Music Association in 2017.
In 2018, she became the first gospel artist nominated for a Tony Award for her work on SpongeBob SquarePants.
In 2019, she became the first gospel singer and the fifth artist to receive the Soul Train Music Awards Lady of Soul Award,
and won critical acclaim for officially opening Super Bowl LIV with her performance of "America the Beautiful".

Early life


The eldest of six siblings, Adams was born 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. Eventually, she gave up teaching to perform full-time as a lead singer.

Musical career


Beginnings


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 "For My Liberty" in 1982 with her as the featured vocalist. In 1986, Adams was featured on the Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar Choir released Give Us Peace, with a performance entitled "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, and 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 Adams' 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.
Songs from the Heart was her final release for Verity Records, including "Only Believe", which was a popular song 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.

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 Adams 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 was popularly referred to as the "Queen of Gospel Music" until her death in 2010.
Adams recorded a song for the 2003 film Honey entitled "I Believe", which 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. She is also credited as the Queen of Contemporary Gospel Music.

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 2007.
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 career with The Yolanda Adams Morning Show which was aired in over 26 radio markets within two years. Her radio show featured Marcus D. Wiley as Bishop Secular. The syndicated show aired for ten years before ending in 2016. It relaunched in September 2019 from Texas Southern University's KTSU-FM 90.9.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 her favorites.In 2010, Adams released her book "Points of Power", based on one of the segments of her radio show Points of Power.Adams appeared on the 2011 BET Honors to sing her signature song "The Battle Is the Lord's" in honor of Cicely Tyson. Later, Adams appeared at the 53rd Grammy Awards, taking 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" Adams' performance. On May 29, 2011, Adams sang at the prestigious National Memorial Day Concert in Washington, DC, to honor the U.S. soldiers.

Becoming


Adams' eleventh studio album, Becoming, was released on May 3, 2011 produced by Steve Bracey. The new single, "Be Still", by Drathoven, debuted on Tuesday, April 19 on The Yolanda Adams Morning Show. Becoming was released by Walmart as an exclusive deal. At The BET Awards 2012, Adams' won the award for Best Gospel Artist for the 4th time in her career having won the most since the first BET Awards in 2001.

Twelfth studio album: 2013–


On an April 2013 episode of BET's Lift Every Voice, Adams announced that she was working on her twelfth studio album. The album title and release date has yet to be announced, but she announced songwriting and producing credits from the likes of super gospel producers Donald Lawrence, Israel Houghton & Kirk Franklin. She also mentioned a song and studio session with Grammy, Billboard & ASCAP award-winning global hit songwriter Diane Warren (Whitney Houston, Patti Labelle, Tina Turner, Elton John).

Book release


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.

Personal life


Adams was married to Troy Mason from 1987 until 1990. Adams said spousal abuse was the reason for their divorce. In 1997, Adams married former NFL player Tim Crawford. The couple divorced in August 2004 after seven years. Adams and Crawford have one daughter, Taylor Adams Crawford, 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.Adams was inducted into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. as an honorary member on July 8, 2018.

Discography

1987: Just as I Am
1991: Through the Storm
1993: Save the World
1995: More Than a Melody
1996: Yolanda... Live in Washington
1998: Songs from the Heart
1999: Mountain High... Valley Low
2000: Christmas with Yolanda Adams
2001: The Experience
2001: Believe
2005: Day by Day
2007: What a Wonderful Time
2011: Becoming

Awards

In total, Adams has won five 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 five BET Awards.

References


External links


Official website
Yolanda Adams at AllMusic
Yolanda Adams on IMDb

The Battle is Not Yours The Battle is Not Yours - Yolanda Adams

Come to Me Come to Me - Yolanda Adams

Fo' Sho' Fo' Sho' - Yolanda Adams

I'm Gonna Be Ready I'm Gonna Be Ready - Yolanda Adams

Is Your All On the Altar? Is Your All On the Altar? - Yolanda Adams

Alwaysness Alwaysness - Yolanda Adams

Hold On Hold On - Yolanda Adams

Darling Girl Darling Girl - Yolanda Adams

You Changed My Life You Changed My Life - Yolanda Adams

My Liberty My Liberty - Yolanda Adams

Through the Storm Through the Storm - Yolanda Adams

Time Time - Yolanda Adams

My Everything My Everything - Yolanda Adams

Since the Last Time I Saw You Since the Last Time I Saw You - Yolanda Adams

I Believe I Believe - Yolanda Adams

Yeah Yeah - Yolanda Adams

The Prayer The Prayer - Donnie McClurkin - Yolanda Adams

Be Still Be Still - Yolanda Adams

Born This Day Born This Day - Yolanda Adams

The Battle Is the Lord's The Battle Is the Lord's - Yolanda Adams

Fragile Heart Fragile Heart - Yolanda Adams

I'm Thankful I'm Thankful - Yolanda Adams

Afterwhile Afterwhile - Yolanda Adams

His Presence Is Here His Presence Is Here - Yolanda Adams

The Only Way The Only Way - Yolanda Adams

More Than a Melody More Than a Melody - Yolanda Adams

Someone Watching Over You Someone Watching Over You - Yolanda Adams

Only If God Says Yes Only If God Says Yes - Yolanda Adams

Not Giving Up Not Giving Up - Yolanda Adams

Rejoice Rejoice - Yolanda Adams

Battle Is The Lord's Battle Is The Lord's - Yolanda Adams

Even Me Even Me - Yolanda Adams

He'll Arrive (Coming Back) He'll Arrive (Coming Back) - Yolanda Adams

Tonight Tonight - Yolanda Adams

The Things We Do The Things We Do - Yolanda Adams

It's Gon Be Nice It's Gon Be Nice - Yolanda Adams

The Good Shepherd The Good Shepherd - Yolanda Adams

A Song of Faith A Song of Faith - Yolanda Adams

Praise Your Holy Name Praise Your Holy Name - Yolanda Adams

My Favorite Things My Favorite Things - Yolanda Adams

I'm Grateful I'm Grateful - Yolanda Adams

Still I Rise Still I Rise - Yolanda Adams

Be Blessed Be Blessed - Yolanda Adams

The First Noel The First Noel - Yolanda Adams

Lift Him Up Lift Him Up - Yolanda Adams

Little Drummer Boy Little Drummer Boy - Yolanda Adams

O Little Town of Bethlehem O Little Town of Bethlehem - Yolanda Adams

In The Midst Of It All In The Midst Of It All - Yolanda Adams

Wherever You Are Wherever You Are - Yolanda Adams

O Holy Night O Holy Night - Yolanda Adams

Take Away Take Away - Yolanda Adams

Golden Golden - Yolanda Adams

Show Me Show Me - Yolanda Adams

Shining Star Shining Star - Yolanda Adams

How Awesome is Our God How Awesome is Our God - Israel & New Breed - Yolanda Adams

I Believe I Can Fly I Believe I Can Fly - Yolanda Adams

Come & Go With Me Come & Go With Me - Yolanda Adams

Save the World Save the World - Yolanda Adams

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Yolanda Adams

Victory Victory - Yolanda Adams

Just a Prayer Away Just a Prayer Away - Yolanda Adams

My Desire My Desire - Yolanda Adams

You Know That I Know You Know That I Know - Yolanda Adams

Before I Tell Them Before I Tell Them - Yolanda Adams

After the Storm After the Storm - Yolanda Adams

Already Alright Already Alright - Yolanda Adams

Only Believe Only Believe - Yolanda Adams

Better Than Gold Better Than Gold - Yolanda Adams

Give Love On Christmas Day Give Love On Christmas Day - Yolanda Adams

Let Us Worship Him Let Us Worship Him - Yolanda Adams

The Christmas Song The Christmas Song - Yolanda Adams

Unconditional Unconditional - Yolanda Adams

That Name That Name - Yolanda Adams

Anything Anything - Yolanda Adams

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Yolanda Adams

What About the Children? What About the Children? - Yolanda Adams

Day By Day Day By Day - Yolanda Adams

Living Proof Living Proof - Yolanda Adams

Do You Hear What I Hear Do You Hear What I Hear - Yolanda Adams

Silent Night Silent Night - Yolanda Adams

Jingle Bells Jingle Bells - Yolanda Adams

Never Give Up Never Give Up - Yolanda Adams

Do You Believe Do You Believe - Yolanda Adams

Open My Heart Open My Heart - Yolanda Adams

Forever With Me Forever With Me - Yolanda Adams

Time to Change Time to Change - Yolanda Adams

This Too Shall Pass This Too Shall Pass - Yolanda Adams

Ye of Little Faith Ye of Little Faith - Yolanda Adams

Just When Just When - Yolanda Adams

Thank You Thank You - Yolanda Adams

Continual Praise Continual Praise - Yolanda Adams

A Message to You A Message to You - Yolanda Adams

I Gotta Believe I Gotta Believe - Yolanda Adams

How Awesome Is Our God How Awesome Is Our God - Yolanda Adams

Joy Medley Joy Medley - Yolanda Adams

Step Aside Step Aside - Yolanda Adams

Best For Last Best For Last - Yolanda Adams

Carol of the Bells - What Child Is This Carol of the Bells - What Child Is This - Yolanda Adams

In Him There Is No Sorrow In Him There Is No Sorrow - Donald Lawrence - Yolanda Adams

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Albums & Songs

  • Golden
  • Rejoice
  • Be Still
  • Just When
  • Not Giving Up
  • Living Proof
  • Time
  • You Can (Taylor's Song)
  • What Would You Do
  • Overwhelmed
  • Gotta Tell Ya
  • We Cry Out (feat. Bishop AJ Wright)
  • The Only Way
  • Through the Storm
  • Just a Prayer Away
  • The Battle Is the Lord's
  • Save the World
  • Even Me
  • I'll Always Remember
  • You Know That I Know
  • This Joy
  • Let Us Worship Him
  • Praise Your Holy Name
  • Thank You
  • The Good Shepherd
  • Just a Prayer Away
  • This Joy
  • Through the Storm
  • More Than a Melody
  • Before I Tell Them
  • Still I Rise
  • Only Believe
  • Yeah
  • The Battle Is the Lord's
  • Fragile Heart
  • The Prayer (with Yolanda Adams)
  • The Only Way
  • My Favorite Things
  • Give Love On Christmas Day
  • What A Wonderful Time
  • Jingle Bells
  • Do You Hear What I Hear
  • A Season Of Love
  • Hold On
  • Just Because
  • Little Drummer Boy
  • With God
  • Victory
  • I Gotta Believe
  • Yeah
  • Open My Heart
  • This Too Shall Pass
  • Fragile Heart
  • Be Blessed
  • Continual Praise
  • Never Give Up
  • I Believe I Can Fly (feat. Gerald Levert)
  • In the Midst of It All
  • Someone's Watching Over You
  • The Only Way
  • You Changed My Life
  • Just a Prayer Away
  • Let Us Worship Him
  • What About the Children
  • This Joy
  • Through the Storm
  • Even Me
  • More Than a Melody
  • Never Alone
  • The Good Shepherd
  • His Presence Is Here
  • Thank You
  • Only Believe
  • Still I Rise
  • Before I Tell Them
  • My Everything
  • Praise Your Holy Name
  • The Battle Is the Lord's
  • I'm Free
  • Is Your All On the Altar?
  • Lord I Want to Be a Christian
  • Take Away
  • I'll Always Remember
  • Finale: The Lord Is With Us In This Place
  • My Liberty
  • Hallelujah
  • Holy Spirit
  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness
  • Lord Here We Are Again
  • Think On These Things
  • Full Joy
  • Hallelujah
  • Holy Spirit
  • Lord Here We Are Again
  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness
  • My Liberty
  • Nobody Like Jesus
  • How Do You Feel
  • It Pays to Serve Jesus
  • God So Loved the World
  • Freedom
  • New Born Soul (Live in San Francisco)
  • Higher Lord (Live in San Francisco)
  • Hold On (Live in San Francisco)
  • Touch Me Lord Again (Live in San Francisco)
  • Watch Ye Therefore (Live in San Francisco)
  • Safe In the Arms of Jesus (Live in San Francisco)
  • I Am
  • Restore Me
  • Signs of the Time
  • Just As I Am
  • Come & Go With Me
  • Wash Me
  • If You Can Take It You Can Make It
  • Deliverance
  • Victory
  • Tonight
  • Someone Watching Over You
  • Alwaysness
  • Day By Day
  • Lift Him Up (Featuring Donnie McClurkin and Mary Mary)
  • It's Gon Be Nice
  • Be Blessed
  • Better Than Gold
  • Show Me
  • I'm Grateful
  • This Too Shall Pass
  • Someone Watching Over You (Album Version)
  • My Everything
  • Let Us Worship Him
  • My Desire
  • Let Thy Will Be Done
  • Praise Your Holy Name
  • Thank You
  • This Joy
  • You Changed My Life
  • The Good Shepherd
  • Before I Tell Them
  • Only Believe
  • Is Your All On the Altar?
  • Still I Rise
  • Never Alone
  • Jesus Medley
  • God Will Take Care of You
  • Lord I Want to Be a Christian
  • Know Him
  • Come to Me
  • His Presence Is Here
  • Never Give Up
  • I Gotta Believe
  • Fo' Sho'
  • Thank You
  • A Song of Faith
  • Unconditional
  • Anything
  • Only If God Says Yes
  • Since the Last Time I Saw You
  • I'm Gonna Be Ready
  • Darling Girl
  • I'm Thankful
  • I Believe I Can Fly (feat. Gerald Levert)
  • Already Alright
  • Continual Praise
  • Fragile Heart
  • What About the Children?
  • Ye of Little Faith
  • Open My Heart
  • That Name
  • In the Midst of It All
  • Yeah
  • I Believe I Can Fly
  • Open My Heart (Extended Version 9/00)
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • Open My Heart (Extended Version)
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • Little Drummer Boy
  • Born This Day
  • The Christmas Song
  • It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  • Carol of the Bells / What Child Is This (Medley)
  • Silent Night
  • The First Noel
  • O Holy Night
  • Joy - Medley (Joy To the World / Angels We Have Heard On High / Hark the Herald Angels Sing / Ode To Joy)
  • You Know That I Know
  • Through the Storm
  • Even Me
  • The Only Way
  • Just a Prayer Away
  • The Battle Is the Lord's
  • Let Us Worship Him
  • Save the World
  • Gotta Have Love
  • The Good Shepherd
  • What About the Children
  • More Than a Melody
  • Is Your All On the Altar?
  • Still I Rise
  • Only Believe
  • Time to Change
  • Yeah
  • Fragile Heart
  • That Name
  • In the Midst of It All
  • The Things We Do
  • Open My Heart
  • Wherever You Are
  • He'll Arrive (Coming Back)
  • Continual Praise
  • Already Alright
  • The Only Way
  • Let Us Worship Him
  • My Everything
  • Just a Prayer Away
  • The Battle Is the Lord's
  • I'll Always Remember
  • This Joy
  • Through the Storm
  • Save the World
  • Praise Your Holy Name
  • Thank You
  • Open Arms
  • Trust and Believe
  • The Good Shepherd
  • Gotta Have Love
  • What About the Children
  • More Than a Melody
  • My Desire
  • Take Away
  • Fly Like an Eagle / Fly Away
  • You Changed My Life
  • This Joy
  • The Battle Is the Lord's
  • Real Love
  • Ye of Little Faith
  • Let Us Worship Him
  • Save the World
  • Right Now
  • I'll Always Remember
  • Give It to Him
  • Before I Tell Them
  • You Know That I Know
  • My Everything
  • Through the Storm
  • I'm Free
  • Even Me
  • Forever With Me
  • The Only Way
  • Just a Prayer Away
  • A Message to You
  • Let Thy Will Be Done
  • This Joy
  • The Battle Is The Lord's
  • Real Love
  • Ye Of Little Faith
  • Let Us Worship Him
  • Save The World
  • Right Now
  • I'll Always Remember
  • Give It To Him
  • Before I Tell Them