Yolanda Adams (American Singer)
Yolanda Yvette Adams, an American gospel singer, actress, and host of her own nationally syndicated morning gospel show, was born on August 27, 1961. She has sold more than 10 million CDs worldwide, making her one of the best-selling gospel performers of all time. In addition to becoming multi-platinum, she has also received sixteen Stellar Awards, four Grammy Awards, four Dove Awards, five BET Awards, six NAACP Image Awards, and six Soul Train Music Awards. She received the first American Music Award given to a Gospel performer.
Adams, the sixth child and oldest, was born in Houston, Texas. 1979 saw her graduate from Houston’s Sterling High School. After earning her degree from Texas Southern University, she started working as a part-time model and instructor in Houston. She eventually stopped teaching so that she could work as a lead singer full-time.
As a lead singer with Houston’s Southeast Inspirational Choir, a member of the Church of God in Christ, under the supervision of Carl Preacher, Brenda Waters, and Shirley Joiner, Adams initially caught the eye of Thomas Whitfield and Sound of Gospel Records. She sang lead on the record “For My Liberty” that the choir released in 1982. Adams’ interpretation of “My Trust Lies in You” was included on the Give Us Peace album by the Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar Choir in 1986. Later, she entered into a recording agreement with Sound of Gospel, which resulted in the 1987 release of her debut album, Just As I Am. Ben Tankard, a producer and keyboardist, discovered her and signed her to his independent record company Tribute Records in 1990.
The next year, Adams released Save the World, which featured “The Battle Is The Lord’s,” her first hit single. Her subsequent single, 1995’s More Than a Melody, was produced once again by Tankard with assistance from O’Landa Draper and BeBe Winans. Her debut single and music video, “Gotta Have Love” from that album, which included Tony Terry on background vocals, received widespread attention. When Yolanda… Live in Washington was published the next year, it included remixes of songs from those albums. The material from this recording was initially distributed as a pair of VHS compilations, then later as a single package on DVD and CD. Diadem Music Group, the parent company of Tribute Records, amalgamated with Benson during this time.
Troy Mason and Adams were wed from 1987 to 1990. Adams claimed that the couple’s divorce was brought on by marital violence.[Untrustworthy source?] Adams wed former NFL player Tim Crawford in 1997. After seven years together, the pair were separated in August 2004. Taylor Adams Crawford, the couple’s only child, was born in 2001.
Adams represented the Fila Corporation’s Operation Rebound, a programme that catered to the needs of inner-city schoolchildren, as its spokeswoman. On July 8, 2018, Adams joined the sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha as an honorary member.
- 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
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